Blog Tour Review: An Enemy Like Me by Teri Brown

I was invited to take part in this blog tour by the author and sent a complimentary digital copy of this book. Thank you very much! My opinions are my own and my review is honest. Having read Teri M. Brown’s previous book Sunflowers Beneath the Snow, I was expecting a detailed tale of historical fiction full of heart and emotion, and I was not disappointed.

How does a man show his love – for country, for heritage, for family – during a war that sets the three at odds? What sets in motion the necessity to choose one over the other? How will this choice change everything and everyone he loves?

Jacob Miller, a first-generation American, grew up in New Berlin, a small German immigrant town in Ohio where he endured the Great Depression, met his wife, and started a family. Though his early years were not easy, Jacob believes he is headed toward his ‘happily ever after’ until a friend is sent to an internment camp for enemy combatants, and the war lands resolutely on his doorstep.

In An Enemy Like Me, Teri M. Brown uses the backdrop of World War II to show the angst experienced by Jacob, his wife, and his four-year-old son as he leaves for and fights in a war he did not create. She explores the concepts of xenophobia, intrafamily dynamics, and the recognition that war is not won and lost by nations, but by ordinary men and women and the families who support them.

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My Review

An Enemy Like Me is a moving historical fiction story – which often reads like a memoir, due to its depth of detail. A lot of research must have gone into its writing to make it feel so authentic!

It is the story of Jakob and Bonnie, both descendants of German immigrants living in the USA. It tells their love story, and how, when their son is only a young boy, WW2 breaks out. Jacob has changed his name’s spelling to appear more American and his surname is now Miller, not Mueller, but he still feels pressure to enlist and prove his patriotism, rather than end up in an internment camp. In this way we learn what it is to be an immigrant – to never fully feel a part of the country you live in and love. His hope is that he will have to fight the Japanese, not the Germans with whom he feels a strong affinity through his family tree.

Jacob endures the horrors of war, but Bonnie and William endure the horrors of being left behind, never knowing for sure if Jacob is alive. Bonnie suffers a nervous breakdown, William is constantly lonely and insecure, missing his father and his pet dog, who he had to leave behind and move with his mother to her parents’ house in Connecticut – all of them are changed by the war.

The story is told from the perspective of all three characters, as well as from an elderly William looking back on his life and relationship with his father after Jacob has died.

“His father once told him that war changes soldiers. William always wanted to say, “It changes those left behind, too. It changed your wife. It changed your son.” But he never did. It was as if he didn’t want to make his dad hurt worse than he hurt every day of his life.”

At times emotional, An Enemy Like Me is fast paced and difficult to put down. There is a wealth of interesting historical detail, including a description of the iceman bringing ice via horse and cart, then pick-axing it into smaller pieces for William’s grandmother to put in her icebox. I love these kinds of details from times gone by. The overall message is that an enemy soldier can be exactly like you, forced into an unacceptable position for fear of repercussions to their loved ones. Jacob met and befriended a German prisoner, Klaus, who seemed more similar to him than some of his fellow American soldiers. War is not fought by leaders, but by ordinary citizens, who really aren’t very different from one another at the basic level.

Highly recommended for fans of wartime historical ‘slice of life’ stories!

About the Author

Born in Athens, Greece as an Air Force brat, Teri M Brown came into this world with an imagination full of stories to tell. She now calls the North Carolina coast home, and the peaceful nature of the sea has been a great source of inspiration for her creativity.

Not letting 2020 get the best of her, Teri chose to go on an adventure that changed her outlook on life.

She and her husband, Bruce, rode a tandem bicycle across the United States from Astoria, Oregon to Washington DC, successfully raising money for Toys for Tots. She learned she is stronger than she realized and capable of anything she sets her mind to.

Teri is a wife, mother, grandmother, and author who loves word games, reading, bumming on the beach, taking photos, singing in the shower, hunting for bargains, ballroom dancing, playing bridge, and mentoring others.

Teri M. Brown can be found here:

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