Personal Reviews from our Readers

From: Reg Whitley
Jersey Channel Islands

I am in the process of reading your book Two Flags One Heart. I find it most interesting, as I too was in Jersey during the Occupation and like you, resent very much the suggestion that we collaborated with the Germans. Your book is at the moment being serialised on our local radio, which I also listen to, so it is reaching quite a large number of people, as I know it is also listened to by people in the south of England.

From: Ted Maitland
Kitchener, Ontario, Canada (Jersey born and raised)

There is a Jewish saying that "Craftsmen hold together the fabric of the world. Their work is their prayer." Two Flags is one of the best pieces of Folk writing that I have read; it is unpretentious and a nice piece of craftmanship. I would equate it with the best of Folk Art and Folk Dance. It is a powerful expression of an ordinary person on an extraordinary journey. I thank you for sharing it. Two Flags is a well told tale.

From: Carolyn Norris Rhein

I am a friend of your niece, Tricia, and during my trip to Phoenix in January I purchased your book.

Just completed it and wanted to say thanks for writing such a wonderful story. I really enjoyed it and feel as I know your homeland. Of course, since I am a happy pet owner, I was moved by the chapter on your pets. I feel for the person who has to tell me that something has happened to our dog, Muffin, the incredible Yorkie.

I was also angry because women weren't allowed to attend your father's funeral. That was in 1951, which wasn't so long ago. My, but things have changed.

Again, congrats on a well done job. Hope to meet you next time I'm in Phoenix. Tell your sister Anne hello for me. Thanks.

From: Olivia Kchy
Mainz, Germany
(Staff nurse co-worker at Bon Secours Hospital, Grosse Pointe, Michigan)

Dear Sheila,

Had a wonderful vacation in U.S.A. Searched in bookstores and Internet after your book in U.S. Finally a bookshop in Mainz managed to get "Two Flags One Heart" from Sheila Le Sueur for me. It took only about 2 weeks and I had it in my hands. Since then I was reading it every free minute.

You never told me about the terrible time of the Occupation years 1940-1945. When I met you in Bon Secours we both were 27 years old. And you have been, from the first minute on, my friend. The war, '39-'45, was far behind. I never wanted to think of that terrible time, being in the U.S., and all the people had been so very good and nice to me. Especially you and your family, the sisters and nurses in Bon Secours. And now I found out how very hard it was for you and your family and all the people of Jersey. I am so sorry I never asked about it.

I had now your book and I just swallowed it. Read it every free minute. Chapter for chapter. Your time at the London Hospital, we never talked about that, either. That chapter is very interesting. My education at Freiburg Loretto Krankenhaus - we were always hungry - had not enough to eat, but plenty of work. So many things have been similar.

The chapter Austrian Vacation 1949 with your girlfriend Pauline fascinated me. Your time in the hospital to learn to be a midwife. Your fist delivery- at the time the midwife arrived you had a slippery baby in your hands. Best of all, you were alive. That I had to read to Fritz at once! He of course shall read your book, too. I like the pictures on the book, you such a darling girl and also the pictures in the book. Love the style, the way you write.

Learning in retirement is the best thing and you really like to do it. For myself, I would like to learn French. Maybe I have the time some day.

Your life never has been boring, Sheila. You are such a successful girl, have always been You have accomplished so much in your lifetime and I do not know anybody like you.

I am looking forward to your next book. And I wonder what is around the next corner.

From: Lyn Hochstadter
Tempe, Arizona
(Founder - LIRAA - Learning in Retirement Association of Arizona)

I got the book today. It is just beautiful. They did a wonderful job. The pictures look great and the book is lovely. Congratulations. I cannot believe you really did this. Thank you for the mention in the book. You always had the strength. I am so proud of you. How proud your family must be and how proud your parents would have been. Somehow, they probably know.

The website is very well done. Simple and clean lines. I like it. I am wondering why you decided not to put your e-mail adds anywhere on the website - if it is there, I missed it. Maybe people would like to contact you and talk about the book or tell you how much they enjoyed it.

Congratulations. You are a winner.

From: Armand J. Du Bois
Walpole, MA
(ex-American POW taken to Jersey after being captured by the German forces)

Dear Sheila,
I want to thank you for sending me your book. It is very good reading. Have you heard from any of the boys?

From: John Sinel
Fareham, Hampshire, England

Dear Sheila,

When I looked up Starlight/AAC Books on the Web to order the Jersey calendar, I saw, for the first time, that you had published your memoirs. Naturally I had to buy a copy of "Two Flags One Heart." And although I have not yet finished reading it, I thought I should congratulate you on it. I am enjoying your personal account engrafted onto the historical facts which are already well promulgated althought probably scarcely known by your American readers who will, I am sure, be fascinated with it.

Although I was not born till 1944 and have no memory of the Occupation, it featured strongly in my childhood through conversations of my parents and is very much part of my culture and makes this culture unique, as you say in your book. I am often surprised that, despite my lack of personal memory, reading accounts such as yours is a very emotional experience.

January 2001
From: Irene Balas
Arkansas, U.S.A.

Dear Sheila,

I had just returned home after having been hospitalized when I received a copy of "Two Flags One Heart." I want to tell you how pleased and happy I was to read this excellent biography. I remember you as Helen's friend when we all lived in Grosse Pointe, Michigan. I think three of my five children were born at Bon Secours. I have only good memories of Bon Secours.

I can't specify which of your chapters interested me most, but I loved all you accounts of your pets. I, too, have two dear cats and one very black one also has an "attitude." And she finds the human race less than admirable.

I was also fascinated again with Alexis de Tocqueville's views on America. You included some facts on de Tocqueville's own life that I didn't know. You may remember I am a teacher and a medical career would never cross my mind. English literature is much more my inclination, but I read every word in every chapter and I have a new appreciation for all nurses.

I wanted to send my admiration for your book and hope it is the success it deserves.

From: Mila
Via e-mail
Sheila, I finished your book and felt that you had done a very creditable job. I wish I had your self-discipline and I would start a story of my own. I have tried and usually got so far and then let other things interfere. I especially enjoyed your story of deTocqueville and the background of how he happened to come to America.

My congratulations on your fine workmanship in writing your story. I am very willing to recommend the book to anyone now that I have read it.

From: Mrs. H. Scott-Dalgleish
St. Saviour, Jersey, Channel Islands

I write to tell you I have just finished reading the book by Sheila Le Sueur, who I assume is your aunt. Could you tell her how much I have enjoyed it. I knew some of the people she mentioned, including Dr. Mortimer Evans. It really is a wonderful story and she is to be admired. I should love to meet her if she ever returns to Jersey.

From: James and Miriam Daulke
Dear Sheila,

We received your book in today's mail. This is a real treasure.Thank you. We are very proud of you and happy to have you as a friend. Keep exercising that good brain of yours.

Mim and Jim.

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