The Night I Danced With Rommel

Written by Elisabeth Marrion
Review by Jo Barton

The Night I Danced with Rommel is based on the real life events of the author’s mother and recounts the story of Hilde, a young German girl, who reaches maturity in the years leading up to, and including the Second World War. Without doubt, Hilde is a feisty storyteller; she has a fascinating history to tell and in a straightforward manner takes the reader on a journey through some of the more challenging aspects of living in Germany during this disturbing time. From the start of the book, it is obvious that the author has an emotional attachment to the narrative, the story reads almost like you are sitting with Hilde, and as you listen to her version of events, a sense of rapport quickly develops.

The book is nicely presented and professionally finished with fine attention to detail. There is good characterisation and overall the story flows well. The narrative could so easily have developed into an overly sentimental wartime saga, but the author has used her own family’s wartime experiences to great advantage. I think that The Night I Danced with Rommel is a fine demonstration of Hilde’s courage and fortitude, and is a marvellous testament to the resilience of a generation of people who faced tragedy on such a grand scale.

I have no hesitation in recommending this book as an interesting account of one woman’s courage in the face of great adversity.