Season of My Enemy Kick-Off Package
About the Book
Book: Season of My Enemy
Author: Naomi Musch
Genre: Christian Fiction / Historical Fiction / Romance
Release date: June 1, 2022
“Get Your Farm in the Fight” – The Realities of WWII Come to a Wisconsin Farm
Only last year, Fannie O’Brien was considered a beauty with a brain, and her future shone bright, despite the war pounding Europe. With her father’s sudden death and her brothers overseas, Fannie must now do the work of three men on their 200-acre farm—until eight German prisoners arrive and, just as Fannie feared, trouble comes too. Someone seems intent on causing “accidents,” and Fannie is certain the culprit is one of the two handsome older Germans—or possibly both. Can she manage the farm, keep the prisoners in line, and hold her family together through these turbulent times?
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About the Author
Naomi Musch is an award-winning author who writes from a deer farm in the pristine north woods of Wisconsin, where she and husband Jeff live as epically as God allows near the families of their five adult children. When not in the physical act of writing or spending time loving on her passel of grandchildren, she can be found plotting stories as she roams around the farm, snacks out of the garden, and relaxes in her vintage camper. Naomi is a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, the Wisconsin Writers’ Association, and the Lake Superior Writers. She loves engaging with others and can be found all around social media or at her site naomimusch.com
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Welcome to my wilderness – that’s what it says when you pop onto my website, because so many of my books take place in rural and wilderness settings. That’s where my heart lives too. Therefore, when I decided to write a World War II story, I gravitated to the home front, to rural America, where living out the war years meant a different kind of survival.
Before this story idea came to me, I knew that prisoners of war had been held in America during part of the war years. There are a number of other wonderful WWII novels out there set in North America involving POWs, and I adore the 2005 movie Sweet Land. Yet, until looking further, I hadn’t realized that so many German soldiers were held right here in my home state of Wisconsin! In fact, thousands of prisoners were sent to work in our country’s canning factories and on our farms. How could I have grown up and never been told that there had once been a POW camp right in my home town?
In fact, there were 38 such “branch camps” just in Wisconsin alone—camps that housed workers specifically for contracting work on farms and in canneries. Workers were contracted by farmers with the army and sent to labor in the cranberry bogs, cherry orchards, apple orchards; to farms picking beans, peas, corn, and to tend the other crops. By international treaty, prisoners had to be paid for their work, so they were allowed to earn scrip in the equivalent of 80 cents per day which they could spend in camp canteens on personal items.
Bingo! There was the seed that burst through the soil of my imagination for my novel Season of My Enemy.
My heroine Fanny O’Brien is a Wisconsin farm girl who left state teacher’s college to manage her family’s farm during the war. She never imagined herself coordinating the work of eight German prisoners in the process—or what the outcome of that task would be.
I believe a great story has to reveal strong yet subtle themes in order for the characters and their plight to feel real. In Season of My Enemy, Fannie uncovers a lot of prejudice both in her own heart and as her eyes are opened to the broader sphere around her. There are all kinds of prejudice in the world, and some of it revealed in this story may surprise you. In fact, my editor and several other authors of WWII fiction who read the book all said, “I didn’t know that!” (I won’t tell you what they were referring to, because you know…spoilers.)
Season of My Enemy isn’t all about history of course. It’s a heartfelt story of a man and woman who slowly yield their hearts to love amidst unpredictable times and unusual circumstances. They begin as enemies who finally look beyond their prejudices to find they have more in common than they first thought. To overcome terrific odds, they must depend upon their faith and rest in a powerful hope that touches their own lives as well as the lives of others surrounding them.
I hope you’ll read Season of My Enemy, and be sure and pop me a note to tell me what you think!
If there was ever a book that needed to be made into a movie this is the one. I can’t express all the emotions I went through as the story unfolded before me. There are many historical fiction books out there about WWII but never one that shares both sides so well as this one does. The author held my attention from the beginning page till the very last word that ended the story. I loved how the author captures both sides of the war in a way I’ve never read before.
Fannie was such a strong character with determination to keep her family’s farm running while her two brothers were off at war. I was very surprised about the PW camps that were in Wisconsin where Germans were being held. I love when an author unearths little known historical facts that unveil details many do not know about. I can understand why Fannie was not pleased to learn that German prisoners were coming to the farm to help them harvest their crops. It would be unsettling to have your enemy on your land and feel safe.
While I did like the way her family was willing to have the prisoners work on the farm, I was a bit hesitant for Fannie as I could sense her uneasiness. Reading over the author’s notes at the end opened my eyes to what both sides went through. Fannie can feel some of the prisoners stare at her in a way that made her feel uncomfortable. It was hard to read how a few of the prisoners had unclean thoughts about her and her younger sister. This part of the story bothered me yet I knew that it had most likely happened to women who worked beside the prisoners during the war.
The prejudice is very evident in the story and the author exposes it in a way that everyone can relate to. Fannie finds herself trying not to think of the workers as humans but only the enemy who is there to do hard labor. With Fannie’s brother coming home from the war, it was hard to keep peace between the prisoners and her brother. The hate in his heart for them is very much felt as he sits on the porch with a weapon ready for anything. This is where the author opens the door for readers to examine their hearts as it is apparent that there is danger soon to come.
I don’t want to share anything more that happens in the story so that I don’t ruin the impact it will have on many. There is an emphasis on faith as well as trust in the story that flows with an illustration of what prejudice can do to a person’s heart. The details of how both American and German soldiers were treated in prison camps is hard to read. Yet the truth is needed to forgive our enemies and find that love conquers all. It has been years since this war took place but I can see that even today prejudice still exists. One thing I remember vividly in the story was that some of the men who were fighting in the war didn’t agree with what their side was doing. The horrible treatment in some of the camps were thought to be inhumane. My point is this, when will we forgive our ancestors and learn to live together in harmony like God designed us to do? Why must we continue to treat others with hate for something that happened years ago? Will we ever see the day when we work together without prejudice?
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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Sounds like an amazing, (historically) informative, emotionally-gripping, and thought-provoking book. Your comments about it- esp. showing both sides of WWII- makes me think of that Christmas movie Hallmark sometimes plays, 'Silent Night'. It sounds like most people who like that movie would enjoy this book. Thank you for sharing about it :) !ReplyDelete
Yes, that's a great movie. I also liked Sweet Land. Thanks for your comment!Delete
Thank you for sharing your wonderful review of Season of My Enemy, this sounds like an excellent story and I am looking forward to reading it myselfReplyDelete
Thanks for commenting, Bea!Delete
Great review, sounds like a book I will enjoy reading.ReplyDelete
I hope you will! Thank you!Delete
Congratulations on your release of Season of My Enemy, Naomi, your book sounds like a great book for me! Good luck with your book and the tour! Thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks, Texas Book-aholic, for sharing your review! Have a terrific day!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much!Delete
The book sound like a good one.ReplyDelete
Glad you're intrigued, Marion! Thanks for dropping by.Delete
I really like historical fiction and this sounds good.ReplyDelete
Thank you, Debbie!Delete
Sounds like a great book.ReplyDelete
Thanks, Suzannah! (I love the spelling of your name.)Delete
Thank you for this great review, Deana. I appreciate how well the author does her research and writes so we readers can experience the story. I am looking forward to reading it.ReplyDelete
Thanks for your comment, Roxanne!Delete
Sounds like a great read. Would love to read & review the book in print format. Really enjoyed reading the review. Thanks for sharing this new author at least for meReplyDelete