Publication January 24, 2023
Grateful Reader Review by Dorothy Schwab
A heart gripping account of the unthinkable choices men and women face when deciding to serve in the military to defend their country. An Enemy Like Me is a love story woven with soul searching dialogue and heartfelt confessions. This novel magnifies then analyzes the fear and misgivings that rise unexpectedly in private thoughts and dreams but are consciously pushed down to survive and function in daily living.
Teri M. Brown exhibits exquisite prose as she takes command of her characters’ development by sharing their feelings through wartime situations and realistic dialogue. Told in alternating points of view between Jacob, born of German immigrants in America, his wife Bonnie, and four year-old son, William, as they navigate World War ll and the post war years.
Teri M. Brown’s depiction of Jacob saying good-bye as he boards the train reporting for duty sums up the feelings of the novel perfectly: “Patriotism mingled with heartache. Loyalty mingled with selfishness.”
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.
Teri M. Brown-Author Bio
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. https://www.terimbrown.com/bio.html