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“Get Your Farm in the Fight” - The Realities of WWII Come to a Wisconsin Farm Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this series celebrates the unsung heroes—the heroines of WWII. Only last year, Fannie O’Brien was considered a beauty with a brain, and her future shone bright, despite the war pounding Europe. With her father’s sudden death and her brothers overseas, Fann “Get Your Farm in the Fight” - The Realities of WWII Come to a Wisconsin Farm Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this series celebrates the unsung heroes—the heroines of WWII. Only last year, Fannie O’Brien was considered a beauty with a brain, and her future shone bright, despite the war pounding Europe. With her father’s sudden death and her brothers overseas, Fannie must now do the work of three men on their 200-acre farm—until eight German prisoners arrive and, just as Fannie feared, trouble comes too. Someone seems intent on causing “accidents,” and Fannie is certain the culprit is one of the two handsome older Germans—or possibly both. Can she manage the farm, keep the prisoners in line, and hold her family together through these turbulent times? ​Don’t miss these other stories: The Cryptographer’s Dilemma by Johnnie Alexander Picture of Hope by Liz Tolsma Saving Mrs. Roosevelt by Candice Sue Patterson Mrs. Witherspoon Goes to War by Mary Davis A Rose for the Resistance by Angela K. Couch


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“Get Your Farm in the Fight” - The Realities of WWII Come to a Wisconsin Farm Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this series celebrates the unsung heroes—the heroines of WWII. Only last year, Fannie O’Brien was considered a beauty with a brain, and her future shone bright, despite the war pounding Europe. With her father’s sudden death and her brothers overseas, Fann “Get Your Farm in the Fight” - The Realities of WWII Come to a Wisconsin Farm Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this series celebrates the unsung heroes—the heroines of WWII. Only last year, Fannie O’Brien was considered a beauty with a brain, and her future shone bright, despite the war pounding Europe. With her father’s sudden death and her brothers overseas, Fannie must now do the work of three men on their 200-acre farm—until eight German prisoners arrive and, just as Fannie feared, trouble comes too. Someone seems intent on causing “accidents,” and Fannie is certain the culprit is one of the two handsome older Germans—or possibly both. Can she manage the farm, keep the prisoners in line, and hold her family together through these turbulent times? ​Don’t miss these other stories: The Cryptographer’s Dilemma by Johnnie Alexander Picture of Hope by Liz Tolsma Saving Mrs. Roosevelt by Candice Sue Patterson Mrs. Witherspoon Goes to War by Mary Davis A Rose for the Resistance by Angela K. Couch

30 review for Season of My Enemy

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cindy Sheppard Gidge

    Excellent book indeed...even though I have read several books already about prisoners of war in various forms, I still learned so much more! There is always more to be discovered of course. This book gave a fascinating insight into how citizens felt and lived during that time; it felt so real as the characters came alive in a sense, as if actually there. Devastating as always to consider the magnitude of the immense sorrow, nightmares, and utter turmoil the world was placed in because of the one Excellent book indeed...even though I have read several books already about prisoners of war in various forms, I still learned so much more! There is always more to be discovered of course. This book gave a fascinating insight into how citizens felt and lived during that time; it felt so real as the characters came alive in a sense, as if actually there. Devastating as always to consider the magnitude of the immense sorrow, nightmares, and utter turmoil the world was placed in because of the one evil madman and his followers :( The beautiful way that some families acted towards those prisoners, extending grace instead of understandable hatred was commendable. Not all were die hard Nazis etc but drafted too. A marvelous depiction of life for those near such camps as well as an important theme of not hating the enemy. A touching story of forgiveness as well.... Definitely worth while reading!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kristina Hall

    Characters: Fannie had to be my favorite character. She worked hard and was dedicated to keeping the family farm going. Wolfgang had an interesting backstory, but he seemed a little too perfect. Language: Clean. Moral/theme: This novel contained themes of forgiveness, hard work, and loving your enemies. Plot: Season of My Enemy was a character-driven novel. It focused on Fannie and Wolfgang's day-to-day life and the romance developing between them. Random comments: I wasn't a fan of the lustful way Characters: Fannie had to be my favorite character. She worked hard and was dedicated to keeping the family farm going. Wolfgang had an interesting backstory, but he seemed a little too perfect. Language: Clean. Moral/theme: This novel contained themes of forgiveness, hard work, and loving your enemies. Plot: Season of My Enemy was a character-driven novel. It focused on Fannie and Wolfgang's day-to-day life and the romance developing between them. Random comments: I wasn't a fan of the lustful way the prisoners of war acted toward Fannie and her little sister. It didn't happen all the time, but the times it did happen creeped me out. The villain was the worst about this, so the scenes from his perspective were frustrating for me to read. Romance: Clean. Just a kiss. Writing: This is the first book I've read by Naomi Musch, and I enjoyed her clear, descriptive style. Overall: Season of My Enemy was an entertaining read that I'd recommend to those who love Christian fiction, historical romance, and WWII stories.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin Miller

    4.5 ⭐️ Set during WW2, Season of my Enemy transports readers to the 1940s Homefront. After the death of her father and while her two brothers overseas fighting against Germany, Fannie O’Brien steps in to provide for her family. However, when her family’s 200-acre farm becomes too much for her, her brother Jerry, and younger sister Patty to handle, Fannie’s mom finds a solution: Hire out German POWs to work on the farm. From the first time Fannie sees the German POWs on her family’s farm, she vows 4.5 ⭐️ Set during WW2, Season of my Enemy transports readers to the 1940s Homefront. After the death of her father and while her two brothers overseas fighting against Germany, Fannie O’Brien steps in to provide for her family. However, when her family’s 200-acre farm becomes too much for her, her brother Jerry, and younger sister Patty to handle, Fannie’s mom finds a solution: Hire out German POWs to work on the farm. From the first time Fannie sees the German POWs on her family’s farm, she vows to hate them. But what happens when the German POWs aren’t the monsters she made them out to be? What happens when one of them befriends her, and she finds herself teetering on the edge of liking him as more than a friend? You’ll have to read to find out! Alright, it’s review time. To sum up my thoughts, I really enjoyed this book. A storyline featuring German POWs working on your Wisconsin farm? Sign me up! I’m always looking for unique spins on WW2 fiction, and this one definitely fell under that category! I really liked how the author balanced the character development so well, considering this book is only 256 pages. When you’re working with 100 fewer pages than typical novels, it’s hard to balance both plot development and character development without neglecting one. However, the author balanced this really well. Fannie’s journey from hating the German POWs to wanting to befriend them and pray for their families who were in Germany, not living in the lap of luxury but struggling to survive and put food on the table, was a steady inner change. It wasn’t overnight, or did it happen too quickly; it was a process of Fannie allowing herself to see them not for the uniforms they wore or whose blood flowed through their veins, but for their hearts. Her relationship with Wolf, especially, demonstrated this so clearly. Speaking of which, I really appreciated how the author didn’t have the focus of the story be on romance. I can think of a dozen ways where the author could have gone down one road and focused on the romance between Fannie and Wolf, and brought this read personally for me down to a 4-star or less. However, the author stayed the course and developed a friendship between Fannie and Wolf before a relationship. Even though this book is fiction, what authors write reflect their values, beliefs, and standards, especially when it comes to relationships. I can’t stress enough how important it is to set an example—a good one—for relationships in fiction. The author did this so well, and the romance was so refreshing to read! Before I get too bogged down on aspects of the storyline I liked or the author’s take on certain aspects of it, I just want to say: This book is an excellent historical fiction read. It’s got elements of faith, family relationships, working through bitterness and finding forgiveness, intrigue, some romance, and a look into life on the Homefront for women and children who had to fend for themselves while their husbands were fighting the war. A really excellent book and I’d definitely recommend it! Thank you to NetGalley and the author for an eARC of Season of my Enemy. A positive review was not required, only my honest opinion. All thoughts are expressly my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Missy

    This book just made me reminisce my days growing up on the farm, working in the bean fields, cultivating the corn, driving the tractors, and the different smells that came with it - the dirt, the sweetness, and the crispness at harvest. How I miss those days! But I got to live vicariously through Fannie O'Brien and her family on their farm in Wisconsin in 1945. Fannie O'Brien is trying to make the family farm stay running. With the recent death of her father, her older brothers fighting the war i This book just made me reminisce my days growing up on the farm, working in the bean fields, cultivating the corn, driving the tractors, and the different smells that came with it - the dirt, the sweetness, and the crispness at harvest. How I miss those days! But I got to live vicariously through Fannie O'Brien and her family on their farm in Wisconsin in 1945. Fannie O'Brien is trying to make the family farm stay running. With the recent death of her father, her older brothers fighting the war in Europe, she and her younger brother need help. Her mother tells them she has applied for the local German prisoners to come and help harvest the various crops. Of this Fannie and her brother, Jerry, are none too happy. To her surprise they actually come and help, do good, work and are just like every other man. Until one makes his ideas known. With the homecoming of her brother, Calvin, his hatred towards them does little to make matters better. But one POW catches her eye and sways her hatred towards all Germans in a different direction. This was a good book about happenings at the home front of WWII. With the men away, it was on the women's' shoulders to keep things running. The women back then were strong, resilient, and took what was laid before them. Like the author, I had no idea there was a German POW camp near the home I grew up in Iowa either. A great edition to this series.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Pegg

    I loved this book! It's a beautiful picture of the world of WWII seen from the American home front. Most WWII books have to deal with the battles and/or people in Europe caught in the fighting. This story is about the people left behind who worry for their loved ones, deal with everyday sacrifices for the war effort, and try to keep their lives and livelihoods on an even keel. Fannie is one of those people and when her only way to save the farm and feed the troops - including two of her brothers I loved this book! It's a beautiful picture of the world of WWII seen from the American home front. Most WWII books have to deal with the battles and/or people in Europe caught in the fighting. This story is about the people left behind who worry for their loved ones, deal with everyday sacrifices for the war effort, and try to keep their lives and livelihoods on an even keel. Fannie is one of those people and when her only way to save the farm and feed the troops - including two of her brothers - is to hire German prisoners of war, she reluctantly concedes. And she learns what so many people eventually learn when forced to work side-by-side with the "enemy." They are people too. Some are good, and some are bad. The trouble is telling them apart.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    Even though I lived in Wisconsin for eleven years, I never knew that in 1944 German Prisoners of War were housed there. This story shows the reasons why the PWs, as they were known, were used to labor on farms. Rather than languishing in camps, they were paid in script to work on local farms, replacing the men who were overseas fighting for freedom. The author explores the emotions of the American farmers as they are asked to accept help from their enemies. Likewise, the mixed feelings of the pr Even though I lived in Wisconsin for eleven years, I never knew that in 1944 German Prisoners of War were housed there. This story shows the reasons why the PWs, as they were known, were used to labor on farms. Rather than languishing in camps, they were paid in script to work on local farms, replacing the men who were overseas fighting for freedom. The author explores the emotions of the American farmers as they are asked to accept help from their enemies. Likewise, the mixed feelings of the prisoners are revealed as they cope with their circumstances. Ms. Musch shows how the characters, whether American or German, struggle to reconcile the enormity and unfairness of war with their faith. They grow spiritually by getting to know each other individually and by putting Biblical principles into practice. They exhibit forgiveness and acceptance of people on their own merits, not some pre-conceived bias. And of course love blooms! Well told in an easy way that helps you relate to the characters. I am really enjoying this series and learning more things about WWII. * I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishers. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bethany Wade

    *I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway. The following review is my honest opinion. I adore WWII fiction yet most books in the genre follow predictable, clichéd storylines. This novel was a breath of fresh air and I loved reading about the characters' heartaches and struggles through a unique perspective. The moral of forgiving your enemies shines through without being preachy or boring. I highly recommend it! *I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway. The following review is my honest opinion. I adore WWII fiction yet most books in the genre follow predictable, clichéd storylines. This novel was a breath of fresh air and I loved reading about the characters' heartaches and struggles through a unique perspective. The moral of forgiving your enemies shines through without being preachy or boring. I highly recommend it!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Staci

    Barron County, Wisconsin 1944-1947 Great addition to the Heroines of WWII Series! In Season of My Enemy, the focus is on how the war impacted those on the home front. The O'Brien family runs a farm, which has proven difficult with the two oldest sons away at war and the patriarch recently deceased. Fannie does her best to run things with her mother, younger sister and brother. When Mrs. O'Brien recommends the family utilize German prisoners of war to help with harvesting crops, Fannie is less than Barron County, Wisconsin 1944-1947 Great addition to the Heroines of WWII Series! In Season of My Enemy, the focus is on how the war impacted those on the home front. The O'Brien family runs a farm, which has proven difficult with the two oldest sons away at war and the patriarch recently deceased. Fannie does her best to run things with her mother, younger sister and brother. When Mrs. O'Brien recommends the family utilize German prisoners of war to help with harvesting crops, Fannie is less than pleased. Over time though, she begins to realize, the "PWs" are people too. This novel highlights the struggle for those trying to keep things together back in the states as well as the harm in paint brushing an entire ethnic group. Engaging novel from beginning to end. Loved the author's note at the end which shared historical details related to prisoners of war and other aspects of the novel. My gratitude to publisher Barbour for a complimentary NetGalley copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and all opinions expressed are my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Liz Tolsma

    What a fabulous book and a different look at WWII in the United States. Naomi does a wonderful job of portraying life on a Wisconsin farm with all the men gone. And then the German PWs come from the camp to work in the area. Strange things start happening, and someone is sabotaging them. On top of it all, she finds herself attracted to one of the men working on the farm. I loved the detail Naomi put into the book and the sweet, sweet story it was, despite the time era.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Susan F

    This is a very touching and thought invoking fiction story about one family and how World War Two impacted them. It feels real as it is told mostly by the thoughts and actions of the main character, Fannie O'Brien, a student who left school to help keep the family farm going. Other characters also share in the telling. Eight German prisoners were assigned to the farm to help with the lack of agricultural workforce at the time. This is a very interesting depiction of how this could have been. The This is a very touching and thought invoking fiction story about one family and how World War Two impacted them. It feels real as it is told mostly by the thoughts and actions of the main character, Fannie O'Brien, a student who left school to help keep the family farm going. Other characters also share in the telling. Eight German prisoners were assigned to the farm to help with the lack of agricultural workforce at the time. This is a very interesting depiction of how this could have been. The author has done a wonderful job with the characters. Prisoners of war were sent to the United States during the time after the attack on Pearl Harbor. I learned about the Holocaust over 50 years ago as a school student. Since that time, I tried to fathom how anyone could commit such atrocities on other human beings, especially God's chosen people. In all these years I don't believe I gave much thought to how the German soldiers who weren't immersed in the horrible actions felt when they learned of what had been done. A small part of this story, it certainly made me think. Forgiveness, anger, courage, fear, sacrifice, faith and honor are just a few of the words I think of when reflecting on the characters in this excellent book. I received an advanced reader's copy from Barbour Publishing via NetGalley. I want to thank them for the book. This is my own opinion about it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    A very interesting read and one I was unable to put down until the very end! I felt like I learned something new from this book that I hadn't know about before. Great characters with a good plot and the describable places that were in here made me feel like I was a part of this story. I love this author's stories immensely. This one didn't disappoint and I look forward to the next one. 5 stars for a satisfying read. I highly recommend! My thanks for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a A very interesting read and one I was unable to put down until the very end! I felt like I learned something new from this book that I hadn't know about before. Great characters with a good plot and the describable places that were in here made me feel like I was a part of this story. I love this author's stories immensely. This one didn't disappoint and I look forward to the next one. 5 stars for a satisfying read. I highly recommend! My thanks for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jeanie

    This fabulous, well-written novel shows aspects of World War II of which I was previously unaware. The author brought to life what it was like for women and children to run the farm, and I learned even more in the Author’s Note. I was blessed by the spiritual lessons that are as relevant today as in the 1940’s. Characters are well defined, as is the setting of the Wisconsin farming community. Fannie’s older brothers were fighting in Europe when their father passed away. One of her brothers, Dale, This fabulous, well-written novel shows aspects of World War II of which I was previously unaware. The author brought to life what it was like for women and children to run the farm, and I learned even more in the Author’s Note. I was blessed by the spiritual lessons that are as relevant today as in the 1940’s. Characters are well defined, as is the setting of the Wisconsin farming community. Fannie’s older brothers were fighting in Europe when their father passed away. One of her brothers, Dale, had been captured and sent to a German prison camp, and the military didn’t know where Cal was. Fannie, her mother, and her younger siblings, Jerry and Patsy, worked hard to keep the family farm operating. Fannie stopped attending the college for teachers and reduced the hours she worked at the library to handle many of the farm chores. It was interesting to learn about different crops, and I loved the Cobblestones of Confidence Pathway! There were few, if any, migrant workers in Wisconsin in 1944. German prisoners of war being held at a nearby camp were made available to farms and canneries that needed their labor. At least one guard was at each place using PWs. There were strict rules for their behavior and work. Fannie’s mom arranged for prisoners of war to help maintain and harvest crops. Fannie was angry that her mother would have men on their farm who could have been responsible for Cal’s disappearance or Dale’s capture. Realistically, there was no other way to get the work done. She honored her mother and coordinated the work. Two of the prisoners were older, Wolf, who had been captain of the PWs, and Leo. Jerry was able to set aside his anger and get along with the men, even with the language difference. Patsy, only thirteen, was usually restricted to the house when prisoners were there, only coming outdoors to bring water or snacks. Fannie saw how hard the soldiers worked and how Jerry got along with them, so she lowered her defenses a bit. Even with unusual occurrences, she found herself interested in one of the men who showed kindness and respect to them, and they began a tentative friendship. Some started to learn English, and some attended their church. Fannie learned more about the men and their families, even praying for them when realizing that, just as Americans were drafted into service, many German soldiers fought because they were required to serve. This novel is well worth reading for those who appreciate women’s WWII fiction! Fannie and her family immediately pulled me in to the story, and I appreciated Fannie’s feelings. She was horrified when seeing newsreels about the German internment and prison camps. I honestly don’t know how I would respond, especially if I had a loved one in a prison camp, but I don’t think grace would have been my first response. I was very pleased with the conclusion in every way. This novel made me think, as well as showed my attitudes in need of adjusting. I highly recommend this novel, and the rest of Barbour’s Heroines of WWII series to women of all ages who appreciate historical Christian fiction of WWII with sound spiritual lessons and appealing, engaging characters. From a thankful heart: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher through Celebrate Lit and NetGalley, and this is my honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne Alfveby Crea

    Outstanding historical fiction! This is the first book I've read by author Naomi Musch and I was blown away. I loved Season of My Enemy. I am very impressed with the author's impeccable research and marvelous writing style. I have gone on to purchase two more stories by her today! Also, I have read all the stories in the Heroines of WWII series and Season of My Enemy is an excellent addition. Unbeknownst-to-me, during WWII, Wisconsin had German prisoners of war who helped many farming families pl Outstanding historical fiction! This is the first book I've read by author Naomi Musch and I was blown away. I loved Season of My Enemy. I am very impressed with the author's impeccable research and marvelous writing style. I have gone on to purchase two more stories by her today! Also, I have read all the stories in the Heroines of WWII series and Season of My Enemy is an excellent addition. Unbeknownst-to-me, during WWII, Wisconsin had German prisoners of war who helped many farming families plant and harvest crops, and they also worked in canneries while America's own men were off fighting in the war. And I had no idea that "Hitler actually did declare some Jewish blood 'null' in order to keep his war machine operational." In Season of My Enemy, Fannie O'Brien is now helping her mother and younger brother and sister run the farm after her father's recent death, and her two brothers serving overseas. Her mother signs the farm up for help from the prisoners of war, and Fannie and her brother are not at all happy about it. This story thoughtfully examines the natural instinct to "hate" our enemies, yet as they work together, a fragile trust is formed. Are some of them Nazi's with an evil agenda? Are some of them just like them only on the other side of this war? "Did her brothers eat well? Rest well? Were they warm and safe? Did they enjoy a fresh breath of summery air and wear clean uniforms like Captain Kloninger did? Did the Germans or Japanese respect the Geneva Convention rules, or did Dale suffer? How was it fair that he might if these PWs did not?" The characters were so authentic, the beautifully written story kept me turning pages, and I loved every minute of it! I highly recommend Season of My Enemy by author Naomi Musch! Thank you to the publisher and Net Galley for allowing me to read an early copy. All opinions are my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Candice

    Season of My Enemy is a well written story of survival on the home front during WWII. Exploring raw and authentic topics like discrimination, prejudice, and POW camps, Ms. Musch weaves a sensitive and beautiful story that will satisfy fans of The Greatest Generation.

  15. 4 out of 5

    J.E. Grace

    I have read quite a few books about World War II, but none has touched my heart the way Season of My Enemy has. I had no idea that German prisoners of the war were brought to the United States to work on the farms to relieve the lack of men because of the war. The main characters were real, well-developed, and showed great resilience. Even with two brothers in the family in the war, the family set aside hatred for the enemy, welcoming the young German PTS to work on their Wisconsin farm. The story I have read quite a few books about World War II, but none has touched my heart the way Season of My Enemy has. I had no idea that German prisoners of the war were brought to the United States to work on the farms to relieve the lack of men because of the war. The main characters were real, well-developed, and showed great resilience. Even with two brothers in the family in the war, the family set aside hatred for the enemy, welcoming the young German PTS to work on their Wisconsin farm. The storyline showed the thoughts of the O'Brians, but also how the war was affecting the prisoners. Even with the hardships and horrors of war, the Godly compassion showed through. The story was uplifting and portrayed the hope that burned in their hearts. I felt all the emotions of the family as they came to grips with the division between them and the Germans. I couldn't put it down and was captivated by the story, its wonderful characters, and the Christian message. The research for the story appeared authentic and left me wanting to learn more. A first read for this author, but now I'm a fan. Highly recommended. I received a complimentary copy from the author and voluntarily choose to review it. All opinons are my own.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    This is a book in the Heroines of WWII and one that I found I was able to relate to very easily. Fannie has to shoulder the responsibility of her family farm while her brothers are away fighting. She has to reluctantly accept the help offered to her, German prisoners of war. I can imagine that would have been extremely difficult to not see those men as a representation of all she and her family had suffered. The portrayal of Fannie of having the gamut of emotions: hate, distrust, acceptance, and This is a book in the Heroines of WWII and one that I found I was able to relate to very easily. Fannie has to shoulder the responsibility of her family farm while her brothers are away fighting. She has to reluctantly accept the help offered to her, German prisoners of war. I can imagine that would have been extremely difficult to not see those men as a representation of all she and her family had suffered. The portrayal of Fannie of having the gamut of emotions: hate, distrust, acceptance, and then love was very well done. The contrast shown between her brothers truly showed the attitudes of the men as they returned home from the war. One brother was bitter, while the other brother chose to forgive and let go of the past. I was hopeful that time would heal all wounds for Fannie’s family. Ms. Musch’s historical notes at the end of the book were enlightening and extremely interesting. I am glad I read them! I learned quite a bit about German PW’s and camps that I never knew before and had a greater appreciation for the book. I enjoyed this book and recommend reading it if you like books filled with faith and forgiveness. Thank you to NetGalley and Celebrate Lit for an eARC of Season of my Enemy. A positive review was not required, only my honest opinion. All thoughts are expressly my own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Connie Saunders

    Fictional stories set during World War II often focus on the men who were sent to Europe to fight for freedom, but this book offers an intriguing alternative. Author Naomi Musch shows the dilemma of a family in 1944, as they attempt to keep their Wisconsin farm going. Fannie O'Brien works as hard as she can but there's only so much that she, her mother, and two younger siblings can do. Mrs. O'Brien finds a solution, but do they really want German prisoners of war on their farm? The characters in Fictional stories set during World War II often focus on the men who were sent to Europe to fight for freedom, but this book offers an intriguing alternative. Author Naomi Musch shows the dilemma of a family in 1944, as they attempt to keep their Wisconsin farm going. Fannie O'Brien works as hard as she can but there's only so much that she, her mother, and two younger siblings can do. Mrs. O'Brien finds a solution, but do they really want German prisoners of war on their farm? The characters in this book are well-developed and I found myself wondering how I would have reacted in the same situation. How can you consider working with them when your loved one is being held in one of their German prisons? Do you judge all Germans by the actions of a few evil men? Musch shares an engaging look at the emotional and physical struggles of the O'Brien family, and she also shows the perspective of the German prisoners. Good men who've been forced to fight but are now being held captive far from their own families. Oh, there are a few exceptions, but this is the case with all men, no matter their nationality! I love history but I wasn't aware of the tremendous number of German prisoners that were housed in Wisconsin during the latter part of World War II. I appreciate the notes from the author relating what is true and what is imagination, and I also admire the faith theme that is woven into the story. Are we all guilty of prejudice in one form or another? If you enjoy historical fiction and Christian romance, you will want to read Seasons of My Enemy. It is another compelling addition to the Heroines of WWII series from Barbour Publishing. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    ASC Book Reviews

    ~A very interesting and entertaining read! ~I LOVED the look into history from this aspect. ~LOVED the characters and how the author expresses the thoughts and feelings they have. ~LOVE the Christian and Faith scenes though I would have loved even more prayer! ~Exciting twists ~GREAT conclusion and I LOVE how Naomi wraps it all together ~Excellent descriptions ~I LOVED leaning even more about farming as well as History ~Just what I was hoping it would be; a nice Christian read filled with interesting ne ~A very interesting and entertaining read! ~I LOVED the look into history from this aspect. ~LOVED the characters and how the author expresses the thoughts and feelings they have. ~LOVE the Christian and Faith scenes though I would have loved even more prayer! ~Exciting twists ~GREAT conclusion and I LOVE how Naomi wraps it all together ~Excellent descriptions ~I LOVED leaning even more about farming as well as History ~Just what I was hoping it would be; a nice Christian read filled with interesting new things for me to learn and great characters to enjoy! Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 Don't Fence Me In performed by Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters

  19. 4 out of 5

    Sunnie

    So I loved this book and somehow I totally related to it. My parents experienced WWII on the German side of the War, both the bad and yet some good and my mom told me lots of stories of the kindness of others as they struggled to survive. Something that this story shared as Fannie tries to understand the feelings of the Germans in this story. This story was a very new viewpoint of the War for me. As Fannie finds herself in charge of the family farm, and with brothers off to War and her father's d So I loved this book and somehow I totally related to it. My parents experienced WWII on the German side of the War, both the bad and yet some good and my mom told me lots of stories of the kindness of others as they struggled to survive. Something that this story shared as Fannie tries to understand the feelings of the Germans in this story. This story was a very new viewpoint of the War for me. As Fannie finds herself in charge of the family farm, and with brothers off to War and her father's death, she is faced with a struggle as to how to bring in the crops and feed those who need the crops. As the German War prisoners come to work the farm, she is concerned about what is causing accidents. Is it the Germans? And if so, which one? It is a fascinating book and it is easy to read and enjoy. It is written with clarity and it is interesting to see both sides of the story in a new and interesting setting and with a different dimension of the human situation of this time. Will Fannie succeed in managing their large farm and all the difficulties that she experiences? I highly recommend this very interesting and engaging book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing. All thoughts are my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    This was my first time reading anything by Naomi Musch, but it won't be my last. I really enjoyed this story. I'm a big fan of WWII-era books, but I'm usually drawn to the ones set overseas. Very rarely do I read any set in the US. (Shame on me!) So I thought this novel was really fascinating. I didn't know anything about the fact that German POWs worked on farms here in the states. I really appreciated learning about that. I loved getting to know the O'Brien family. They were so real and grounded This was my first time reading anything by Naomi Musch, but it won't be my last. I really enjoyed this story. I'm a big fan of WWII-era books, but I'm usually drawn to the ones set overseas. Very rarely do I read any set in the US. (Shame on me!) So I thought this novel was really fascinating. I didn't know anything about the fact that German POWs worked on farms here in the states. I really appreciated learning about that. I loved getting to know the O'Brien family. They were so real and grounded, and I instantly felt like I was a part of their extended family. I really admired Fanny. After her father passed away and her brothers were drafted, she was the one who had to take over the family farm. She had to sacrifice a lot, but she did it all with grace and hardly a complaint. I didn't know what to think of the romance, at first, but as the story progressed, it grew on me. And in the end, I was rooting for a happily ever after. I wouldn't say this story was a fast-paced read, but it was exactly the type of slow and steadily-paced story that I needed. I recommend it to anyone looking for a sweet historical read.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Anne Rightler

    Season of My Enemy is an enjoyable historical romance story by Naomi Musch. The WWII genre is one of my favorites to read, and Musch did not disappoint me with her engaging story of Fannie and her family struggling to keep their farm afloat during the war. The story is a beautiful and captivating account of forgiveness and of unexpectedly finding love in stressful and difficult situations. And as the story develops, the characters begin to recognize that despite the fact of the war, despite the Season of My Enemy is an enjoyable historical romance story by Naomi Musch. The WWII genre is one of my favorites to read, and Musch did not disappoint me with her engaging story of Fannie and her family struggling to keep their farm afloat during the war. The story is a beautiful and captivating account of forgiveness and of unexpectedly finding love in stressful and difficult situations. And as the story develops, the characters begin to recognize that despite the fact of the war, despite the mistrust and ambiguous feelings, there is very little that separates them from the enemy. The writing style is graceful and flows smoothly, and the author has beautifully crafted her characters--characters who are well defined and well rounded with attributes and flaws. I enjoy historical fiction, and the author did a great job portraying the use of German prisoners to help with the workload of farmers and factories while the American men are overseas fighting the war. The situations and emotions that family members on the homefront faced are realistic and sometimes heartbreaking, yet not without hope. Readers who enjoy historical fiction will want to read Season of My Enemy. I read a complimentary copy of the book and was not required to write a review. The opinions are my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marilyn

    Season of My Enemy is a fabulous story set in Wisconsin instead of overseas during WWII. Fannie O’Brien was a dedicated and working hard to save her family’s farm. She was not sure about having German prisoners coming to the farm to assist. There was tension, unexpected happenings, prejudice, faith issues and eyes being open about the enemy having lives similar to those residing in America. Naomi Musch penned this story in an easy to read format that was engaging and captured issues of trust, di Season of My Enemy is a fabulous story set in Wisconsin instead of overseas during WWII. Fannie O’Brien was a dedicated and working hard to save her family’s farm. She was not sure about having German prisoners coming to the farm to assist. There was tension, unexpected happenings, prejudice, faith issues and eyes being open about the enemy having lives similar to those residing in America. Naomi Musch penned this story in an easy to read format that was engaging and captured issues of trust, discrimination, faith, romance and forgiveness for all. The historical accounts of German prisoners being on American soil and their assistance on farms to help with the agriculture of produce was interesting since it’s not well documented in history books. I highly recommend this book to historical fans of WWII especially with with the heroine being in America for this story. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publisher without any obligation to write a positive review. I have shared my own opinion.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    The O'Brien family are living in Wisconsin in the midst of World War II. Their brothers are off fighting and they do not have enough workers to run the farm. They hire German PW's to help work the farm. So many emotions come in to play on how to treat these workers. This is a compelling book on how to treat your enemy! My favorite character was Dale. Thanks so much to netgalley and the publisher for the arc. The opinions are my own! The O'Brien family are living in Wisconsin in the midst of World War II. Their brothers are off fighting and they do not have enough workers to run the farm. They hire German PW's to help work the farm. So many emotions come in to play on how to treat these workers. This is a compelling book on how to treat your enemy! My favorite character was Dale. Thanks so much to netgalley and the publisher for the arc. The opinions are my own!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Patty Rude

    3.5 stars - This was my first book by Naomi Musch, I think I actually won this kindle copy in a Goodreads giveaway. Seeing some of the homefront side of WWII was interesting. And while the writing was good, it didn't totally hold my attention and took me a while to get through. 3.5 stars - This was my first book by Naomi Musch, I think I actually won this kindle copy in a Goodreads giveaway. Seeing some of the homefront side of WWII was interesting. And while the writing was good, it didn't totally hold my attention and took me a while to get through.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kristina

    Season of My Enemy by Naomi Musch takes us to Wisconsin in 1944. Farms are struggling to produce crops without the men to help them farm the land. We get to see how the O’Brien family manages with aid from German POWs at Camp Barron. I liked that we get to see an unfamiliar perspective on World War II. I thought Season of My Enemy was well-written with realistic characters. I thought Fannie O’Brien was a strong woman. She left teacher’s college to shoulder the farm responsibilities. Her two olde Season of My Enemy by Naomi Musch takes us to Wisconsin in 1944. Farms are struggling to produce crops without the men to help them farm the land. We get to see how the O’Brien family manages with aid from German POWs at Camp Barron. I liked that we get to see an unfamiliar perspective on World War II. I thought Season of My Enemy was well-written with realistic characters. I thought Fannie O’Brien was a strong woman. She left teacher’s college to shoulder the farm responsibilities. Her two older brothers enlisted in the war and her father recently passed. That leaves Fannie along with her mother, younger brother Jerry (16), and her youngest sister, Patsy (13) to handle all the farm chores. The crops are needed to feed the soldiers plus the family needs the income. I liked the depictions of the various characters. I could understand how hard it was for the O’Brien’s to allow the German POWs on their farm especially with one brother being a prisoner of war in Germany. These men are their enemy, but they need them to bring in the crops. It had to have been a constant struggle. We also get to see the attitudes of men returning home from war. I liked that we also get to see things through the eyes of the POWs. It could not have been easy on them either. They were forced to fight by an evil man and now they are prisoners. They no longer have to fight, but they are far from home. Many of them are educated and not used to manual labor. I thought the author really captured the emotions and attitudes. I could tell the author did her research for this book. I appreciated the author’s note at the end. Despite the hardships and distressing aspects of war, we see God’s compassion and love. The author did a wonderful job at weaving Christian messages into the story. My favorite character was Patsy. She is a vibrant teenager who is clever and loves to read. I enjoyed her quest for knowledge and books. Discrimination, prejudice, war, faith, family, duty, forgiveness, and romance are a few of the themes in Season of My Enemy. I thought Season of My Enemy was an engaging story with a unique viewpoint. I look forward to reading more books by Naomi Musch. Season of My Enemy is a touching historical tale with a raging war, worker worries, a bitter brother, truck troubles, harvest hurries, alarming accidents, and a thrilling victory.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Season of My Enemy by Naomi Musch Series: Heroines of WW2 Barbour Publishing Rated: 4 Back of the Book: “‘Get Your Farm in the Fight” - The Realities of WWII Come to a Wisconsin Farm Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this series celebrates the unsung heroes—the heroines of WWII. Only last year, Fannie O’Brien was considered a beauty with a brain, and her future shone bright, despite the war pounding Europe. With her father’s sudden death and her brothers overseas, Fannie must now do the work of Season of My Enemy by Naomi Musch Series: Heroines of WW2 Barbour Publishing Rated: 4 Back of the Book: “‘Get Your Farm in the Fight” - The Realities of WWII Come to a Wisconsin Farm Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this series celebrates the unsung heroes—the heroines of WWII. Only last year, Fannie O’Brien was considered a beauty with a brain, and her future shone bright, despite the war pounding Europe. With her father’s sudden death and her brothers overseas, Fannie must now do the work of three men on their 200-acre farm—until eight German prisoners arrive and, just as Fannie feared, trouble comes too. Someone seems intent on causing “accidents,” and Fannie is certain the culprit is one of the two handsome older Germans—or possibly both. Can she manage the farm, keep the prisoners in line, and hold her family together through these turbulent times?” Impressions: I enjoyed this unique perspective of life during WW2. Fannie is home saving what normalcy she can, trying to keep her family's farm producing. She realizes she needs to learn to accept help from an unexpected place, the PW’s being in-prisoned nearby. Bringing the enemy home Fannie realizes the war going on isn’t the only battle being fought. The war waging in Fannie's heart is what makes this engaging story worth reading. Quotes: “I suppose if we began to untangle all the roots of our family history, we would find that there is really very little that separates any of us.” I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review shared here. For more book reviews visit https://simplyannehere.wordpress.com

  27. 5 out of 5

    Johnnie Alexander

    This is another terrific story in Barbour's Heroines of WWII series. The heroine, Fannie, is an ordinary gal with dreams of becoming a teacher. But those dreams are interrupted by world events that are totally out of her control. Fannie will never win a medal for bravery, but like so many women of her generation, she definitely deserved one. I was honored to write an endorsement for this novel. Here's one line from that endorsement: "Sometimes bowed but never broken, [these women's] quiet courag This is another terrific story in Barbour's Heroines of WWII series. The heroine, Fannie, is an ordinary gal with dreams of becoming a teacher. But those dreams are interrupted by world events that are totally out of her control. Fannie will never win a medal for bravery, but like so many women of her generation, she definitely deserved one. I was honored to write an endorsement for this novel. Here's one line from that endorsement: "Sometimes bowed but never broken, [these women's] quiet courage is a testament to all those who sacrificed so much during those troublesome years." WWII fans won't want to miss this tender story of loss and hope.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rose (Adventurous Bookworm)

    Discusses a little known aspect of American history and also is NOT a romance 🥳 (although there is some interest between characters)

  29. 5 out of 5

    Deana Dick

    If there was ever a book that needed to be made into a movie this is the one. I can’t express all the emotions I went through as the story unfolded before me. There are many historical fiction books out there about WWII but never one that shares both sides so well as this one does. The author held my attention from the beginning page till the very last word that ended the story. I loved how the author captures both sides of the war in a way I’ve never read before. Fannie was such a strong charact If there was ever a book that needed to be made into a movie this is the one. I can’t express all the emotions I went through as the story unfolded before me. There are many historical fiction books out there about WWII but never one that shares both sides so well as this one does. The author held my attention from the beginning page till the very last word that ended the story. I loved how the author captures both sides of the war in a way I’ve never read before. Fannie was such a strong character with determination to keep her family’s farm running while her two brothers were off at war. I was very surprised about the PW camps that were in Wisconsin where Germans were being held. I love when an author unearths little known historical facts that unveil details many do not know about. I can understand why Fannie was not pleased to learn that German prisoners were coming to the farm to help them harvest their crops. It would be unsettling to have your enemy on your land and feel safe. While I did like the way her family was willing to have the prisoners work on the farm, I was a bit hesitant for Fannie as I could sense her uneasiness. Reading over the author’s notes at the end opened my eyes to what both sides went through. Fannie can feel some of the prisoners stare at her in a way that made her feel uncomfortable. It was hard to read how a few of the prisoners had unclean thoughts about her and her younger sister. This part of the story bothered me yet I knew that it had most likely happened to women who worked beside the prisoners during the war. The prejudice is very evident in the story and the author exposes it in a way that everyone can relate to. Fannie finds herself trying not to think of the workers as humans but only the enemy who is there to do hard labor. With Fannie’s brother coming home from the war, it was hard to keep peace between the prisoners and her brother. The hate in his heart for them is very much felt as he sits on the porch with a weapon ready for anything. This is where the author opens the door for readers to examine their hearts as it is apparent that there is danger soon to come. I don’t want to share anything more that happens in the story so that I don’t ruin the impact it will have on many. There is an emphasis on faith as well as trust in the story that flows with an illustration of what prejudice can do to a person’s heart. The details of how both American and German soldiers were treated in prison camps is hard to read. Yet the truth is needed to forgive our enemies and find that love conquers all. It has been years since this war took place but I can see that even today prejudice still exists. One thing I remember vividly in the story was that some of the men who were fighting in the war didn’t agree with what their side was doing. The horrible treatment in some of the camps were thought to be inhumane. My point is this, when will we forgive our ancestors and learn to live together in harmony like God designed us to do? Why must we continue to treat others with hate for something that happened years ago? Will we ever see the day when we work together without prejudice? I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sally Mander

    5 stars, Women thankful for "Rosie the Riveter" SEASON OF MY ENEMY (HEROINES OF WWII #6) by Naomi Musch The Heroines of World War 2 series from Barbour Publishing, feature ordinary women who were thrust into positions, because of the war and the lack of able-bodied men to help in the factories and on the home front. The women and girls were called up to step in and keep their farms going to keep the supply chains moving, and to keep morale positive, while the men were fighting for their lives and f 5 stars, Women thankful for "Rosie the Riveter" SEASON OF MY ENEMY (HEROINES OF WWII #6) by Naomi Musch The Heroines of World War 2 series from Barbour Publishing, feature ordinary women who were thrust into positions, because of the war and the lack of able-bodied men to help in the factories and on the home front. The women and girls were called up to step in and keep their farms going to keep the supply chains moving, and to keep morale positive, while the men were fighting for their lives and freedom overseas. Fannie O'Brien's father has recently died, her two older brothers have gone overseas to fight in the war, and Fannie is left at home in Wisconsin to keep their large farm producing. There is a local canning factory nearby, which relies upon the O'Brien farm and many others, to produce canned foods that can be shipped all over the country. Fannie runs the family farm, along with her mother, and her younger siblings Jerry, and Patty. There is a POW war camp not too distant from their farm, that allows prisoners of good standing to be hired out in teams to help do farm labor, with an American soldier to guard them. The prisoners are paid in scrip, so they aren't being made to work for free. Fannie's mother decides to ask for a team of POW workers to help them bring in all of their crops. They receive the German equivalent of two officers and several privates. Most of the men are pleasant and hardworking, but some are filled with hate and racism. This was a time in our United States' history, that when women were needed to step in and work outside of their homes, they were willing to do what they could to keep their families fed and keep the country running, much like "Rosie the Riveter." If women had been unwilling to work outside of their homes, our lives today could have been much more different. I know, as a woman, I wouldn't have liked being treated as "less than" because of being expected to stay home and take care of my family. Much appreciation to #barbourpublishing for the complimentary copy of #seasonofmyenemy #heroinesofworldwartwoseries I was under no obligation to post a review. #historicalfiction #ww2 #2022newreleasebooks #coverlove

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