Helen-Alice Dear was only 15 when she left London to visit Bulgaria on a family holiday in 1937. Just weeks after her arrival, she found herself unable to leave and struggling to survive in an increasingly hostile and terrifying environment. Her marriage to a Bulgarian man bore her four children but they were often homeless, cold and hungry. Despite these hardships, Helen refused to give up hope and bravely managed to protect and raise her family.
When the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, Helen was finally able to fulfil her dream of returning to her homeland. Her beautifully written memoir is a heart-wrenching tale of courage and resilience, proving just how indomitable the human spirit can be.
This is one of the best memoirs I have listened to. The life story of a remarkable woman who left England as an adolescent with her mother and brother to visit their grandmother in Austria. It is tempting to tell more of her story but I do not want to be spoiler for the next listener of this intriguing, heart wrenching and yet heart warming story. I would give this 6 stars if I could!
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