A Woman of War
‘Incredibly powerful, harrowing but ultimately uplifting. I couldn’t put this down.’ Katie Fforde
‘A fascinating story which had me forgetting it’s fiction! So well written, I was left pondering if the events could actually be true....more
I was extremely pleased to receive a copy of this book to read and review and am happy to report that I really enjoyed reading it. The cover art grabbed my attention as did the subject matter. I am a retired public health nurse and taught prenatal classes for approximately twenty years so this book was right down my alley.
If the reader is looking for a story that is ...more
Anka Hoff, a midwife sent to a camp is the "lucky" one to be selected to help a woman through her pregnancy and upcoming delivery. The woman is Eva Braun. Yup, she's expecting Adolf Hitler's love child. But, what you think now. Eva and Adolf did not have any children. Ri ...more
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A fascinating premise this one. What would have happened if Eva Braun had had Hitler's baby? I really like novels which mix fact and fiction and this was particularly interesting. It's such a heartbreaking novel too when you think about the concentration camp set aside for women and children. There's a lot of talk and description about midwifery too which would have been ten times harder back then without the medicine and drugs we have today. Saying that. if you ...more
Not my usual genre and in fact this also made for an even better read, a sad story b ...more
Finished reading: November 30th 2018
"When you saw so much horror, destruction and inhumanity in one place, it was the simplest things that broke your resolve and reminded you of kindness in the world."
*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Avon in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***
I always have a weak spot for WWII historical fiction... As soon as I recognized the Auschwitz-Birkenau camp entrance I was able to see with my own eyes a fe ...more
This book had an interesting premise, mentioned in the author's foreword: Is there any point where a midwife will sacrifice her duty and refuse to save a mother and newborn child? What if it was Hitler's child?
While I enjoyed the first few chapters, I found it very difficult to connect with the characters or story. Nothing really happened for a good chunk of the novel. I also find the book's compar ...more
Set during World War II, The German Midwife is a multi-layered story of love, hope, resilience, and determination. Anke Hoff is a German woman living in Berlin during World War II. She is a midwife in a German hospital when she is taken by the Gestapo and imprisoned in a work camp for aiding a Jewish woman during a difficult b ...more
(ARC from the publisher via NetGalley and voluntarily reviewed)
This is my first time reading the author. I’m trying to branch out and read a bit more historical fiction so this book intrigued me. I loved the concept of the novel. Imagine if you were Hitler’s midwife? I was not disappointed. This is a great read, a crazy, slightly twisted ride from start to finish. Anke is a great character. From the start she’s thrust into a terrifying situation with perso ...more
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A Woman of War is part historical fiction, part alternate history centered around a fascinating concept: what if Eva Braun had conceived a child with Hitler? Enter our main female character, Anke, a renowned midwife who was arrested for caring more about the children she was bringing into the world than the Nazi regime. She’s tasked with the impossible – bringing the child of the man who’s caused her and her belo ...more
For me, A Woman Of War spoke of the bravery of women, especially mothers who continually sacrifice their needs for that of their children.
War brings out the very best and the very worst in people. Women, of good moral character, place their lives ...more
Anke Hoff was a ...more
as someone who has spent most of her adult life surrounded by holocaust and wwii history, first out of interest and later as the subject of my honours thesis, i was excited about the prospect of reading a new story of wwii historical fiction: midwifery during the third reich. this was especially interesting to me as someone who spent a lot of time looking at the roles of women in the concentration camps of the holocaust.
this book had a lot going for it. mandy robotham is a beautiful wri ...more
Mandy Robotham’s first novel “A Women of War was an exceptional piece of literature and an incredible story of courage, sacrifice and love during the horrific days of the Second World War. It tells the story of Anke, a Midwife, with great experience and renowned skill working in one of Berlin’s maternity wards at the beginning of the war.
However …. (Spoiler alert!) ……………….
The sexual relationship between Anke and Dieter is totally unreali ...more
I was looking forward to reading this book and it met every one of my expectations and totally surpassed them. This book is still in my head and I don't think I will ever forget it. Mandy Robotham created characters that absolutely came to life on the pages. This was a book that I absolutely did not want to put down because I needed to know what would happen to Anke.
In 1944 Ge ...more