Welcome to a new week, Savvy Readers! This week’s 50 Book Pledge Featured Read is The German Midwife by the incredible debut author, Mandy Robotham. This enthralling tale of courage and survival in the most brutal of circumstances is a must-read for Historical Fiction fans. We can’t wait to talk about it with you!
Germany, 1944. Anke Hoff – once a trained midwife, now a political prisoner in the camps – is doing what she can to keep her pregnant campmates alive. She delivers their newborns with scant supplies and no medical equipment, knowing all the while that her Jewish charges will never be allowed to keep their newborns more than 24 hours after their birth.
Soon, her work is noticed by the regime and Anke is chosen for a task more dangerous than she could ever have imagined. She will be forced to participate in the Nazi push to produce a perfect crop of Arian babies for the “master race.” Eva Braun is pregnant with the Führer’s child, and Anke is to be her midwife. If Anke dares to refuse, her family will die.
Torn between her duty as a caregiver and her hatred for the Nazi regime, Anke is swept into a life unlike anything she’s ever known. To her shock, she discovers that many of those at the Berghof are just as trapped as she is – and finds herself falling for a man who will make her world only more dangerous…
Nothing will stop mother nature. The Führer’s baby is on it’s way. Soon, Anke will be faced with an impossible choice. Does she serve the Reich she loathes by keeping the baby alive? Or does she – can she – sacrifice an innocent child for the good of a broken world?
The German Midwife is haunting, powerful, beautifully written, and utterly enthralling. It came as no surprise to me to learn that Mandy Robotham is a practicing midwife herself; the wealth of detail in this novel is engrossing. She had me in knots from the first page and wouldn’t let me go until I’d finished every word!
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