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TITLE:  Coming Up For Air

AUTHOR:  Rose Mary Boehm

PUBLISHER:  The Black Leaf Publishing Group

PAGES:  346

FORMAT:  Paperback, Kindle

PRICE:  Paperback:   $18.71 (US), £14.24 (UK), Kindle:  $9.99 (US), £7.46 (UK)

ISBN-10:  1907407073

ISBN-13:  9781907407079



This is the story of Anne Marie Becker who grew up during World War II.  She was only two-years-old when the bombs started falling.  As the author states, part of this novel is fiction, part fact and part autobiographical.  In any case, Coming Up For Air is a hard book to put down.


Through her excellent writing, Ms. Boehm transports us right into the war and shows us all the horrors and atrocities that happened then.  As we watch Anne Marie grow up we experience her first love and then date rape.  When she is old enough to get a job, older men have some particular ideas.  Rose Mary doesn’t just describe to us what happens; she shows us in such detail that we experience everything that Anne Marie goes through!


This page turner just isn’t a story of growing up through that terrible war either.  It’s a story of growing up fast and finding your own freedom.  It’s about shaking off the chains of a previously rigid existence, coming up for air, taking a deep breath and finding your own life.


This reviewer was transported back to live through that terrible time.  I highly recommend Coming Up For Air to all young adults and adults.


Ms. Boehm was born in Duisburg, Germany and is a German born UK national.  She now resides in Lima, Peru but she’s more than a writer!  Rose Mary is also a photographer, painter and a copywriter.


If you would like to learn more about Rose Mary Boehm, please visit her book blog at:  If you would like to read the first 24 pages of Coming Up For Air please follow this link:



You can purchase Coming Up For Air either in Kindle format or in paperback at (US) or (UK).  You can also purchase this fantastic book at Barnes and Noble  


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