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3.34  ·  Rating Details  ·  29 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
In the summer of l941, an elite SS force under the command of the charming but cruel Major Reinhardt Hurst takes over a small French village.Antoinette Gauthier, her family, friends, members of the Resistance, and even their pets, find life difficult under the exacting SS rules. For Antoinette, it means being a servant for Major Hurst and his officers as they take up resid ...more
Paperback, 364 pages
Published May 27th 2010 by Eloquent Books
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Ellie Midwood
Mar 24, 2016 Ellie Midwood rated it it was amazing
If you’re a fan of historical fiction, this book is definitely a must-read! I always find this period of time fascinating myself, I always appreciate well-researched books about WWII, and “Lebensborn” certainly didn’t disappoint.
It tells a story of a young French girl in one of the occupied villages, Antoinette, who finds herself in a very difficult situation. With her boyfriend joining the resistance and with the leader of the occupants Reinhard Hurst decides to settle down in her house, Antoi
May 19, 2013 Abby rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Lebensborn is a really interesting part of Third Reich social history and so I was pretty excited to read this. But the author just sucked. The storyline was like riding in a car with a learner driver and you are bunny hopping along. The characters were under developed and annoying. The writing was trite. There was gratuitous sex scenes which served no purpose. And the ending was abysmal. I was so disappointed. The worst part of all is in the intro the author said the book took 10 years of resea ...more
Mar 02, 2011 Jan rated it liked it
this book on World War II wasn't quite like any other . Antoinette Gauthier, the mayor daughter end up being a servant to SS soldiers who took up residence. She was a believable character and about half way through the book new characters, and unfinished events began to compound them selves.. Antoinette found herself pregnant and was sent to Lebensborn home where babies were breed to make a pure Germanic race. This part of the book was interesting and based on truth. I would like some otherfolks ...more
Jan 02, 2014 M rated it really liked it
Really good WWII novel. I have read about the Lebensborns before but I am always on the look out for a new book about this time period. The characters were very real and flawed and the situations seemed realistic. The book seemed to drop off a little at the end but I would still recommend it.
Jul 05, 2012 Trish rated it it was ok
I very much liked the concept since I had no knowledge of the Nazi 'breeding' program which really existed. Some parts I found a little too fictional. 90% of it was very well written and was believable. Not knowing all the facts the most fictional part could have been entirely real.
Feb 26, 2013 Kayla rated it did not like it
Shelves: don-t-read-this
Awful. The worst WWII book I have attempted to read, fiction or non-fiction. Just terrible writing. I had to put it down, and I always finish books. To learn more about the Lebensborn program, read My Enemy's Cradle.
Jun 12, 2011 Sam rated it it was amazing
Loved it- could not put it down. Would love to read more on the topic. Based on a real program during WW2. Read it! :)
Amy Hustead
Jul 28, 2012 Amy Hustead rated it liked it

Love the topic and the concept, it's a topic that very few books write about, but this book hardly held my interest.
Mar 31, 2013 Amy rated it it was amazing
Loved it!
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