Fifteen Words by Monika Jephcott Thomas
Some of the things that happened in the past will never be forgotten; the brutality of war, the pain suffered by innocent people, the cruelty of man. Broken people, broken families, broken countries.. we will probably never understand why.
It was Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn in “
Some of the things that happened in the past will never be forgotten; the resilience of people hit by war, the strength to survive, the hope….the love. Yes, Love.
Today I am extremely happy to host a stop on the Book Blog Tour for Fifteen Words by Monika Jephcott Thomas.
Fifteen words is the story of two young doctors’ profound and loving bond in Nazi Germany; a bond that will stretch them to the very limits of human endurance. Catholic Max – whose religious and moral beliefs are in conflict, has been conscripted to join the war effort as a medic, despite his hatred of Hitler’s regime. His beloved Erika, a privileged young woman, is herself a product of the Hitler Youth. In spite of their stark differences, Max and Erika defy convention and marry.
But when Max is stationed at the fortress city of Breslau, their worst nightmares are realised; his hospital is bombed, he is captured by the Soviet Army and taken to a POW camp in Siberia. Max experiences untold horrors, his one comfort the letters he is allowed to send home: messages that can only contain Fifteen Words. Back in Germany, Erika is struggling to survive and protect their young daughter, finding comfort in the arms of a local carpenter. Worlds apart and with only sparse words for comfort, will they ever find their way back to one another, and will Germany ever find peace?
Monika Jephcott Thomas -with extreme sensitivity- delivers a beautiful story, an intimate portrayal of the amazing power of love and perseverance. Fifteen Words opens your heart, awakens your mind, and touches your soul; a splendid book -masterfully written- that celebrates love over the horrors of war. Because -in the end- it’s always been and always will be Love to save us.
Monika Jephcott Thomas grew up in Dortmund Mengede, north-west Germany. She moved to the UK in 1966, enjoying a thirty year career in education before retraining as a therapist.
Along with her partner Jeff she established the Academy of Play & Child Psychotherapy in order to support the twenty per cent of children who have emotional, behavioural, social and mental health problems by using play and the creative Arts.
A founder member of Play Therapy UK, Jephcott Thomas was elected President of Play Therapy International in 2002.