Don't be surprised that Rita Karnopp is that person, and one of the main reasons I asked her to join me on this blog. She knows the importance of historical research, and even though we are fictional authors, one thing we both know is that facts pertinent to the era and people about which we write is vastly important and frequently scrutinized by historical buffs. Besides, Rita is filled with wonderful ideas both for her novels and her blogs. If I wasn't already a senior citizen, I'd want to be her when I grow up, but that doesn't mean I can't still admire her talent and aspire to reach the heights I feel she has.
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I hated the realism shown through the persecution of a young Gypsy girl and her family, learning through a well-researched novel, that the Jewish people were far from the only ones who suffered at the hands of Hitler What I abhor the most if we still have these types of people, but we call them bullies, politicians or terrorists. Will history repeat itself? I certainly hope not, but it's true there are those out there who hate us for our differences. This book is an eye-opener.
While I hated the subject matter of Gypsy Spirit, I have to salute my favorite author for taking on such a difficult topic and putting history into perspective through her story, research, and ability to create characters who grab your heart and work their way into your soul. Kudos again to Rita Karnopp for delivering another winner.