Reviews

BLOOD RIVER TO BERLIN

“At times, I read through a mist of tears because my heart went out to the soldiers and the families they left behind. My heart also bled for my own people because my father fought that same war, only on the opposite side. Some of the experiences you described, rekindled a few memories I had myself, although I was only a small child, living in war torn Germany. I do know the American soldiers had a heart for children, even German children, and I have good memories of that.”
– Heidi Waller, Fellow Traveler

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A Glimpse into WWII vets’ return to modern day Europe where they had fought the occupation in the 1940’s
“This ingenuous memoir made WWII come alive in my mind. Having only one family member serve in the military, (he served in France in 1917-1918), and being born in 1943, during the biggest war effort ever, I wanted to feel the patriotic and genuine feelings of those generations better. I met Michael Freeland recently and we both enjoyed our conversation. I am retired and live near Michael’s childhood home in Henry County, Tennessee. This gentleman’s efforts to make the return to wartime sites of their struggles to free Europeans from occupation come alive. His constant note-taking and subsequent book have helped enormously to make the greatest generation a part of my life and memory that was missing.”
– Karen Hehn, reader

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HOMEPLACE

“Michael Freeland is one of my favorite authors. He brings the reader immediately into focus with wisdom and understanding of the human heart. His remarkable life has been full of courage, love and great humanity. Don’t miss even one of his great books.”
– Sue Freeman Culverhouse, Author, Tennessee Literary Luminaries

“You make me want to take a Freeland tour, not just of Europe, but also of your family farm, the Southern roots, it’s all so vivid. There is such a kindness that comes through in your way of seeing the world. Such a humanity-that I want to see it the way you do-be grateful for it. Yours is the voice of a man who has spent a lifetime figuring out a special way of seeing the world.”
– Kay Capo, PhD, Professor

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TO TEACH TO LOVE

“To Teach To Love is a collection of poems and other word pictures by Mike and Steve, and by those who have learned to love writing under their guidance, as well as Larry McGehee and Chris Evans. This is the kind of book one can enjoy in brief snacks or prolonged banquets. It doesn’t matter how much we read or even where we begin; and it is a book that you will keep close and read many times. It is not expository teaching-it is a companion, a friend, and a ticket for many trips, joining the writers on the paths of life, seeing, hearing, and feeling, with them, those things most of us miss. Some will provide moments of pastel pleasure; some will give us pause, to think and ponder. And some will hurt. But this book offers an expanded view, for those who want to make the trip, below and beyond the surface of life.”
– Tom C. McKenney, Lt. Col., USMC (Ret), author of Jack Hinson’s One-Man War: A Civil War Sniper and 33 Degrees of Deception: An Expose of Freemansonry

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“I do not understand poetry where every other line does not rhyme, but your book, To Teach to Love, has converted me. The poetry, and prose, is beautiful. It made me feel very nostalgic and I even shed a tear or two.”
– Margaret Dougherty, reader

.”I do not understand poetry where every other line does not rhyme, but your book, To Teach to Love, has converted me. The poetry, and prose, is beautiful. It made me feel very nostalgic and I even shed a tear or two.”
– Margaret Dougherty, reader

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