About Withered Petals by Glenn Fall
Eleven-year-old Valerie does not understand why her daddy doesn’t love her anymore. Why do they have to move? Divorce… Lover… sour words. Or is her mom lying again when she takes Valerie and Tobias, her teenage brother, from the city? The always cold and crumbling house is supposed to be their home. Luckily, new adventures and friendly faces keep her thoughts away from her sorrows.
But… the picturesque village and its kind inhabitants guard a sinister past. A hidden mystery of the Holocaust. How did Valerie’s house turn from a flourishing Jewish household into this ruin? And the older generation remains resolute in their silence about World War II. They did nothing wrong. Let the past rest undisturbed.
But the echoes of the war grow louder as the old house gets colder and colder. And the cold creeps and hunts…
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I am a lover of literature, nature, and history. I devote a huge portion of my time to reading and studying how potatoes changed the lives of Europeans or why Napoleon was defeated at Waterloo (try to find out what happened to the teeth of the fallen only at your own risk). The authors who caused my reading until 3:00 am and shaped my own writing are Steven Erikson, Terry Pratchett, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Enid Blyton, Bram Stoker, H.P. Lovecraft, Anne McCaffrey, Jared Diamond … The list is getting long. Yes, I read a lot. As you can notice, anything from a good child story to transdisciplinary non-fiction finds a home on my shelf.