Book Review: Unbelievable Adventures of a WW II German War Bride by Ingeborg M. Johnston

June 9, 2011

The memoir “Unbelievable Adventures of a WW II German War Bride” by Ingeborg M. Johnston is an important book for Johnston‘s family. She mentions that her family asked her to write this book because she had some adventures which in today’s world are hard to imagine.
And they’re right.

  • 226 pages
  • Publisher: BookSurge Publishing
  • ISBN: 1439268231

My rating for Unbelievable Adventures – 3

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Ingeborg M. Johnston must have been standing at the front of the line when G-d passed out genetics. She is smart, beautiful, spunky, gutsy, positive, athletic, with a sunny disposition and a good heart. Born in Germany to a father who opposed the Nazis and later the communists, it is no wonder she had many adventures. Add Ms. Johnston’s entrepreneurial skills and, what seems to me, the inherit ability to get what she wants and you have the making of a wonderful and exciting life.

However, many people have adventures; I’m sure most of us can write a book about the exciting times in our lives between the day-to-day doldrums. Heck, I wish my grandparents and great uncles would have wrote such a book. My great uncle, a partisan in WWII, my grandmother who sat in Polish jail, her sisters who survived Auschwitz, my grandfather and grandmother romance in the British Army and on the other grandparents’ escape from war torn Europe and building a new country as teenagers.
Yes, I would love to read about these events and more, but I don’t think you would.

Mrs. Johnston wrote wonderful book which her family would treasure forever, it is not only fascinating but oral history which would be lost if the author didn’t put it down on paper. But as interesting as this book was, it lacks in other areas. There really isn’t a point to the book, just a bunch of short stories which all have Mrs. Johnston in common.

I got the book because of “WW II” in the title, but there is very little about the war in the book. The book is divided into quick and easy to read sections all written in first person and lack descriptive narrative which I felt made the book not as gripping. Some sections are poorly written and the book needed the touch of a professional editor, or so it seems.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed reading about many of the adventures Mrs. Johnston went through and about her strong belief in random acts of kindness – something I strongly believe in as well. Mrs. Johnston is a strong and inspirational woman and we need more like her.

So tell me, which one of your relatives would you have liked to write a memoir?

The book tells the true story of the author, who had an incredible life. Mrs. Johnston shares her experiences as  WW II German nurse, a beauty queen, model, pilot, wife, mother and grandmother. The author marries to an American and comes to live in the United States while taking full advantages of what the country has to offer.

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Zohar – Man of la Book
Disclaimer: I got this book for free.
Article first published as Book Review: Unbelievable Adventures of a WW II German War Bride by Ingeborg M. Johnston on Blogcritics.


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  • Alex Baugh June 10, 2011 at 7:58 am

    I would have liked to read your family’s stories too, they sound really interesting, dangerous and gutsy too.

  • Janette Fuller June 12, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    I enjoyed your book review very much. This sounds like a fascinating book.
    My great-grandparents came to the United States from Germany in the early 1900s. A family member has collected much of the family history and plans to publish a book soon. I can hardly wait to read it.

    • zohar June 12, 2011 at 9:20 pm

      Sounds like your great grandparents must have fascinating stories to tell.

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