Amazing memories finally on paper - Linda Fischer's new novel

Linda Fischer, Hot Springs Village resident, in collaboration with husband, Horst, compiled a history of their individual and collective lives, "A whirlwind romance, combining families from different backgrounds to share in the joys and hardships of being 'one for all' and meeting some of the most interesting people along the way" according to Shadowlight Review's 5-star rating.

a man sitting in front of a window: Linda Fischer holds her first book, For Better or Worse (A Tale of Love and Devotion © Sandy Johansen Linda Fischer holds her first book, For Better or Worse (A Tale of Love and Devotion

Several years ago, the writer was assigned to interview Horst and Linda Fischer. The couple was new to Hot Springs Village, but not new to Hot Springs as Horst had served as manager at both historic hotels, the Majestic and Arlington. Linda worked side by side, supervising training and department managing.

From Frankfurt, Germany, where they met, to Bermuda, then on to legendary hotels as Embassy Row, Washington, D.C.; Plantation Club Resort, Hilton Head Island, S.C.; Chase Park Plaza Hotel, St. Louis, Mo.; Hyatt Regency, Dearborn, Mich.; and Water Tower Hyatt, Chicago, Ill. and final residence at the historic Stitt House in Hot Springs, Linda has penned countless reminiscences covering countries across the globe with encouragement of her family and friends.

From Horst carrying Audrey Hepburn across a grassy knoll to serving Elizabeth Taylor an exclusive dinner, and both partying with President Bill Clinton, the Fischers have experienced meeting unique people and living in countless countries and cities. They have shared memories that will fill a book. And it has, with Linda's dedicated writing.

Reading her written dialogue is almost like sitting across the table from her and sharing a cup of coffee. One fascinating memory leads to another, making it nearly impossible to stop turning the pages. Stories of entertainers like Jerry Lewis, Stevie Wonder, and the Platters, to name a few, encompassing close encounters with celebrities along with tales of Linda teaching hotel maintenance staff how to expertly clean a sink drain with a small brush; her conversation is jaw dropping.

There's an intimacy in Fischer's writing making the reader feel she's shared extremely personal information referencing their lives when they were each single and later married. "As a couple for over 50 years, we never miss a kiss good morning and a kiss goodnight," she said.

Again, and I repeat. Stories of people, places and experiences are countless and unimaginable. Fischers' accomplishments are too numerous for a simple feature story. It's time to read it in total. Go to to order. Another accomplished and notable HSV resident adds grace to our community. Thank you, Linda.

This article originally appeared on Hot Springs Village Voice: Amazing memories finally on paper - Linda Fischer's new novel

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