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The Meaning of Names

Narrated by: Karen Shoemaker
Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
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Stuart, Nebraska is a long way from the battlefields of Western Europe, but it is not immune to the horrors of the first Great War for Peace. Like all communities, it has lost sons and daughters to the fighting, with many more giving themselves over to the hatred only war can engender.

Set in 1918 in the farm country at the heart of America, The Meaning of Names is the story of an ordinary woman trying to raise a family during extraordinary times. Estranged from her parents because she married against their will, confronted with violence and prejudice against her people, and caught up in the midst of the worst plague the world has ever seen, Gerda Vogel, an American of German descent, must find the strength to keep her family safe from the effects of a war that threatens to consume the whole world.

©2014 Karen Shoemaker (P)2016 Red Hen Press

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Review of The Meaning of Names<br /><br />

I really liked this book. I felt I was there with Gerda with her life. How she struggles. I feel that it has more aspects to the story than the discrimination of the Germans in Nebraska. I felt the author was very detailed with her descriptions and fleshed out the characters well. The author read it, but at some points I feel she could of show my emotions with certain scenes in the book. Overall very enjoyable book.