#Blogtour In Alexa’s Shoes by Rochelle Alexandra @rochellie28 @damppebbles #damppebblesblogtours #InAlexasShoes

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In Alexa’s Shoes by Rochelle Alexandra

In Alexa’s Shoes – a dramatic, uplifting true story of a teenage girl overcoming great odds to survive. A historical novel that beckons the reader to follow in the footsteps of a real-life individual one step at a time. Based on the true story of the author’s grandmother.

In the autumn of 1940, thirteen-year-old Alexa’s happy life is ripped from her as she, her mother, and many of the locals are rounded up by the Nazis in Poland. Loaded into trucks, they are transported to an unknown destination. Terror and uncertainty become the new normal. Life is a continuous nightmare as she is selected by the Gestapo officer’s wife, destined to become little more than their slave.

Separated from everyone she loves Alexa relies on her Christian faith, inner strength and courage, to endure through her long nightmare. Her story takes her on a treacherous journey across war-ravaged Europe in search of her family and the life she once knew. Despite living through unimaginable hardships and life-threatening danger, Alexa feels that someone or something seems to be looking out for her. Years later, she finds out that not all was as it seemed, as hidden secrets from this dark period in history are revealed to her.

My Review

Any story that tells of the trials of the persecuted in World War II is always important, but always seems to centre around the Jewish community and the concentration camps, In Her Shoes chose a differing perspective, one I knew nothing about. Alexandra chose to focus on the suffering of the Poles and in particular young girls who typified Hitlers vision of the Arian race, blonde hair and blue eyes. She chose as her subject, her Grandmother Alexa, and it is what made this story so special, that the words on the page were written with love, with meaning and most importantly truth.

What would you do if at the age of 14 you set out with your mother to buy new shoes and ended up in Dachau? What if you then ended up being a slave for an officer of the Gestapo and his family, forced to work long hours for no pay? Alexa was that young girl, forced to grow up, to accept her lot and just get on with it. Your heart leapt as you read, as you held nothing but admiration for this young girl who for 5 long years, washed, cleaned, milked, looked after children all with good grace and the belief that one day she would be free.

But freedom came at a cost, the loss of family, of friends, of a home and livelihood. How do you rebuild when you have nothing?

It always amazes me when I read such stories at the stoicism of those individuals, their desire not to be seen as victims but as survivors and that is what Alexandra so cleverly got across in her novel.

It was harrowing to read of Alexa’s journey but it was also uplifting, full of hope, of friendships that would last a lifetime. It wasn’t one sided, it was balanced, objective, didn’t tar all Germans with the same brush, that some could be kind, and respectful of their captives.

What I couldn’t quite get my head round at times was Alexa’s capacity for forgiveness, for her trusting nature, her strength and bravery that saw her face many difficulties in her long life. I think her faith in God, that God would give her the strength, and that gave her the will to carry on, to strive for a life that she had for so long been denied.

I liked that her story didn’t stop at the end of the war, that Alexandra wrote of the afterword, the rebuilding of her life, the creation of a family that was loved and cherished, never taken for granted.

In that respect In Her Shoes was unique, a refreshing but educational and thought provoking novel that engaged, and enthralled.

I would like to thank for a copy of In Her Shoes to read and review and Emma Welton of Damp Pebbles Blogtours for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour .

About the author

Rochelle

 

Rochelle Alexandra was born in Glasgow, Scotland where she grew up, then moved to New York to live when she was eighteen.  She had an early love for writing poetry, winning a National Scottish competition and later had a few poems published in the USA.  She’s a talented artist and photographer with a real love for children, horse riding and travel.  Her favourite jobs were in advertising, working for a newspaper, a photographer’s assistant and private chef.  She ran her own freelance art business painting portraits, murals, abstracts and commissions.

She never set out to be a writer, but after hearing her Polish grandmother’s gripping true life history during WWII first hand, she made a promise to her gran that she would write her story in book form.  Sadly her grandmother Alexa passed away aged 92, just two months before the novel ‘In Alexa’s Shoes’ about her life was due to be published.  Little did Rochelle know that she’d love the writing process so much and now has several future novels planned.

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