An historical fiction set in Munich, Germany in the early 1930’s before the outbreak of War World II. Eli Levin and Rebecca Baum fall passionately in love and while their differences should have separated them, they instead forged a passionate bond that would change their lives forever.
While religious and social differences weigh heavily on their families in an increasingly tense Germany, the lovers remain unadulterated in spite of the prejudices. After overcoming family issues and social pressures, the two must sustain under a growing violent governmental regime. When the Nazi party heightens in popularity and the party’s ideas influence law, they must face the harsh reality of life and death.
Poetry used in this novel by Heinrich Heine
Praise for The Day the Flowers Died: ‘This is truly a love story. I love the way they meet and everything else. They are two people not from differing worlds but upbringing. This is a situation that is very close to my heart. Your descriptions are brilliant and in my opinion for a book of this genre perfect. This is a sensitive subject for some even now but you deal with it perfectly.’ -Ron S
‘I will say that I liked your use of color. Not only does it set the scene in the opening chapter, but you keep it as an on-going theme.’ -B. J. Winters
‘You have something very special here. You have created a world that you cannot have known personally, but which is completely believable, and that is what all writers aim to do, but only the really good ones achieve as well as you have.’ -Philip Carlton
‘This is simply so adorable and sweet at the moment, although I am sure it will not continue that way. The prologue shows the strength of their loving union and the first chapter deals well with their introduction. I love the minute character descriptions - the blue silk tie, missing button, the contrasts of manicured hands and slightly dirty fingernails, but overall, the almost awkward interaction between them as they so obviously are attracted to one another.’ -Kendall Craig ‘
The gentle love story is told with realism for the time and with the caution of ethnic difference. That's not referred to very often and this shows where Germany was before the Nazi powers were in control. It feels well-researched. The flow of the story is very readable and the particulars and setting give it much atmosphere. You’ve captured the social ambiance preceding a wrenching time. This promises much more’. –Katherine
Book Taste Review: Lovers in a turbulent Europe:
Ami Blackwelder paints with words. Her special talent is creating scene and atmosphere populated by credible characters. The Day the Flowers Died is a love story, gently narrated, that recreates prewar Germany during the 1930s, and the German government’s menacing swing to the Nazis. The girl’s sweetheart is Jewish, her parents point out the brutal dangers, but innocent ecstasy ignores the politics and the racial hatred that are sweeping the nation.
As fascist ideology becomes law, the lovers encounter the harsh reality of life and death. Released as an E-book, this novel has quickly gained an unusually large number of downloads. Can there be a trend (much welcomed) away from vampires and back to realistic human passion? This author’s books vary in genre. Happy reading! Posted by Cathy, 9 December 2009.