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Xlibris Book Reviews | Darkness Hides the Flowers by Jerry Jennings

Xlibris author Jerry Jennings narrates a powerful tale of optimism in one of the darkest periods of history in his memoir Darkness Hides the Flowers: A True Story of Holocaust Survival. The book is part of a Holocaust-themed trilogy, including Stella’s Secret and I Choose Life all published with Xlibris.

Having beautifully pieced together true-to life accounts of Holocaust victims, Jennings earned praises from a review by Kathryn Atwood of Women’s Independent Press. Atwood describes the Darkness Hides the Flowers as “a stunning Holocaust memoir on many levels, simultaneously poignant, beautiful, and terrifying.”

Ida Hoffman is the main character, a talented musician, painter, and poet who finds solace in her paintings and poems in a Nazi-occupied France. Although decades have passed since her Holocaust nightmare, Ida gives vivid and poignant recollections of her experiences through her art.

“Ida’s narrative is illustrated with her original paintings and the poems that she wrote to endure an ordeal of loneliness, fear, abuse and starvation. Her paintings of the experience are captured in this beautiful, full-color, glossy coffee table book. Readers of all ages will be gripped by this suspenseful tale, wandering beside Ida, and wondering, with each new encounter, which stranger might be trusted and which might betray her to the Nazis,” Atwood said.

The book captures the horrors of Holocaust yet inspires with the glint of hope almost elusive in those dark times.

“Ida and her family never formally admitted to being Jewish so they never donned the yellow star. Her father was sent to a concentration camp, not because his ethnicity was discovered but because his Russian background made him suspected of Communist sympathies. The family’s Jewish identity was generally known to their acquaintances, however, but Ida, her mother, and her sisters were rescued by a kind neighbor just minutes before they would have been deported,” Atwood added.

The Women’s Independent Press review concludes, “Darkness Hides the Flowers is a beautifully written, powerful page-turner.

Jerry Jennings was recently a featured guest blogger on the Xlibris Publishing Blogwhere he expressed his satisfaction with Xlibris’ services and the whole self-publishing experience.

“It is always a thrill to see the first galley proofs of the manuscript and just as exciting to see and touch the first test copy of the finished book. Since I’ve self-published three books with Xlibris, it shows how pleased I’ve been with Xlibris.”

Xlibris Indie Authors Roundup congratulates Jerry Jennings for using his writing flair to impart inspirational messages to readers, Holocaust victims or not.

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