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Writers Inspiring Change feature book review: Sugar Reports and Homemade Dill Pickles

Sugar Reports and Homemade Dill Pickles , by Robert B Riefstahl, is a compelling story. The title of this book could mislead one into thinking that it is something different than what it really is, but in truth, it is a fascinating read about two people and their connection through the war years. Much of the book is based on the letters shared between Bob and Dee, starting at the onset of America's involvement in WWII and taking one through Bob's military training, and finally, into the heart of the beast in the war zone. One lives their lives, particularly that of Bob, as his group, the 707th Tank Battalion, engage German troops in the Battle of the Bulge, one of the most brutal battles of WWII and one where nearly 20,000 Americans lost their lives. Even when Bob is reported MIA, locked up in a German POW camp, Dee refuses to give up hope that he is still alive. This is a story that not only reflects the reality of the war-time culture, but one that reflects the indomitable power of love.

Review by International Writers Inspiring Change

About Robert B Riefstahl

Rob Riefstahl and his wife Cindy, in Hawaii during R&R from Vietnam. The year was 1967 and another sweet and bitter love story was in the making. Their own personal experience with “Sugar Reports” served as an inspiration for this book. They have been married over half a century and are blessed with two daughters, one in heaven, and two sons. At present, their family includes six granddaughters and a grandson in heaven. They also enjoy nine great-grandchildren, four boys and five girls. Rob, a retired Product Design Engineer, and Cindy, the Pastoral Minister at their church, reside in the small town of North East, Pennsylvania along the shores of Lake Erie.

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