The Officer's Code by Lyn Alexander

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  Lyn Alexander has woven a beautiful tale of the struggles of a boy who will become a man far greater than his father.  As I read the last few pages my heart ached for my new friends.
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In 1912, failing at Cambridge pre-law, Eric Foster rebels against his father s rigid plans for his future as a barrister in the family s London law firm. Transferring to Heidelberg University, he is the Engländer to the other students. In his search to control his own destiny he falls in love with the daughter of a German baron and retired cavalry colonel. To prove his worth to Brigitte s aristocratic family, Eric uses his German mother s old Prussian connections and takes her family name. As Erich von Schellendorf he is able to buy a commission in an elite German cavalry regiment. By penetrating the most respected, most powerful social class of Imperial Germany of that day, he opens the way to marry his beloved only months before the outbreak of World War One, the war to end all wars. Fighting in the army opposing his homeland, can Eric stay true to the powerful German Officers Code of Honour? And if he does, can he ever go home again?
 

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Lyn Alexander has practised as a small-animal veterinarian since graduating in 1977 from the Ontario Veterinary College at Guelph. This was a second career, having resigned a commission in the Royal Canadian Air Force after fifteen years of regular service. She has earned two university degrees, Batchelor of Science and Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. In 2009 after 33 years in veterinary practice she retired to a life of country leisure. Lyn has travelled from coast to coast in Canada and the United States, and while serving with the RCAF also saw much of Western Europe. One of the most powerful experiences in her life was a tour of duty with NATO from 1954 to 1956, beginning scarcely nine years after the end of World War Two, when she made several friends among the former enemy. One was Barbara Skuhra, a German girl who had lived through the war in Baden-Baden and survived the awful conditions following the German defeat. Together they saw much of the Black Forest region by bicycle, and attended concerts in Heidelberg and at the Kurhaus in Baden-Baden. Another friend was Frau Lucie Rommel, the widow of Field Marshal Rommel, whom she visited several times for coffee. Between these two women, Lyn found her eyes and heart opened to the terrible tragedy of ordinary and extraordinary Germans during World War Two. Today most of her days are taken up with writing. And with friends and music and dogs and walking in the woods and other worthy stuff.
 
Published October 23, 2012 by Storyteller Publishing. 338 pages
Genres: History, War, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Amy Edelman on May 24 2013

  Lyn Alexander has woven a beautiful tale of the struggles of a boy who will become a man far greater than his father.  As I read the last few pages my heart ached for my new friends.

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