Monday, July 16, 2018

Book Review of Burying Leo by Helga Gruendler-Schierloh

Ingrid always loved to sing. Auditioning for a summer job after high school shattered her dreams. She fled Germany for Detroit where she married with the hopes of starting a family. When hope crumbled, she attempts to sing again. Will singing bring the life Ingrid always desired, or will her mutilated soul lose her everything?

*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

Burying Leo is an emotional read. We met Ingrid, who is unhappy in her marriage and life. It becomes quite apparent that Ingrid has something dark in her past, something that has kept her running all these years. 

I didn't like Ingrid as much first as I thought she took things too far when it came to wanting a child. As I kept reading through and learned more of Ingrid and her past, my empathy for her grew, and I was able to understand her inner turmoil. 

As Ingrid comes to terms with her past trauma she opens herself back up to singing, something that had always brought joy to her heart. 

This is a beautiful story of healing, overcoming, and finding yourself. I would recommend this book to any adult who enjoys stories with a strong female. 

Helga Gruendler-Schierloh is a bilingual writer with a degree in journalism and graduate credits in linguistics. During her childhood years in southern Germany, a much-loved family friend introduced her to the magical allure of literature. Mesmerized with language in general, Helga spent time in London, England, to enhance her English language skills—before moving to the United States and making her home in Michigan. 

Always a dreamer who spent countless hours roaming the Bavarian countryside, gathering flowers and studying cloud formations, Helga eagerly embraced an imaginary world. Deeply concerned with what makes people tick, she aims at writing “what you know”—even in her fiction stories. Her short stories, essays, articles, and poetry have been published in the USA, Canada, and the United Kingdom.