Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Book Review: "Sigrit" (Ellynore Seybold-Smith)

Sigrit Lachmann is a young girl living in Germany with her older brother and their parents in 1944 during the war. When her parents, suspected of aiding a resistance movement against the Nazis, commit suicide, Sigrit's world is completely upended. She is prevented from staying with her maternal aunt and, instead, is separated from her brother and transferred to live with a family in Bavaria, where she must rebuild her life and learn all over again how to love and trust.

A beautifully written work of historical fiction, Sigrit by Ellynore Seybold-Smith is the heartwarming story of relationships in the midst of war, and how life really does move forward despite all the challenges we face.

The work is realistic and genuine, with sympathetic characters, especially Sigrit herself and particularly early in the novel, when it's easiest to feel for the devastation she's experienced. Seybold-Smith writes in a simple, minimalist style (think Hemingway at his best) and her extensive research into the historical period and European cultures about which she writes is very clearly evident in the work, seamlessly woven throughout the story.

In a future edition, the work would benefit from a close final proofread to catch the periodic typos and errors in punctuation. Further, sometimes a modern word creeps into the dialogue between characters despite the historic setting, and it's jarring to come across, even as infrequently as it happens.

However, for a quiet feel-good story about a young girl redefining what makes life meaningful in war-torn Europe, I'm pleased to recommend Sigrit for your consideration.

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Author: Ellynore Seybold-Smith
Title: Sigrit
ISBN: 978-1626940680
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.


  1. Thank you, Eleanore, for reviewing my book. Wow, you compare me to Hemingway, what an honor. He was one of my heroes. I am puzzled as to what 'modern word' you might be referring to. Again I say thank you for taking the time for the review. Happy New Year, Ellynore Seybold-Smith

    1. My pleasure --- I enjoyed the work very much. The "modern words" to which I refer include "hey," which is far more American than European for that era, and the phrase "no problem," which didn't exist in modern usage until the 1960s, among others. All the best!


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