My Mother’s Secret


Title: My Mother’s Secret
Author: J. L. Witterick
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 978-1-4759-6257-4

“If you choose to do the right thing, it’s a conscious decision at first. Then it becomes second nature. You don’t have to think about what is right, because doing the right thing becomes who you are, like a reflex. Your actions with time become your character,” quotes Helena’s mother in J.L. Witterick’s short novel, My Mother’s Secret.

In one hundred and eighty pages of this powerful paperback book, the first-time fictional author writes matter-of-factly in first person from four individuals’ standpoints during the Holocaust in Sokal, Poland based on the true story of a mother and her daughter who harbored fifteen Jews and one German soldier for twenty months. With no profanity but depictions of war, killing, and human suffering, this would be an ideal tool for understanding compassion, love and sacrifice during the World War Two…

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