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A Woman of War

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  549 ratings  ·  97 reviews
For readers of The Tattooist of Auschwitz and Kate Furnivall comes a gritty tale of courage, betrayal and love in the most unlikely of places.

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.

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Published December 7th 2018 by Avon
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Kylie D
I really did enjoy this book. It's definitely one to get you wondering! It's the story of Anke, a young German woman who has been a prisoner in a concentration camp during WW2 as a political prisoner. However, her growing reputation as a midwife in the camp sees her relocated and forced to act as a midwife to high ranking Nazi's wives, and she finds herself at the highest echelon of Nazi officialdom. Anke has conflicted views, struggling for working to help the regime that incarcerated her and h ...more
Jeanette Lewis
In 1939 Anke Hoff is working as a midwife in the maternity section of a Berlin hospital when a Nazi directive is presented to all maternity staff that any babies born with a disability or with a deformity be reported to the authorities. As a dedicated midwife Anke does not support this directive, her belief is that regardless of any hiccup of nature every baby born is loved. This sets the scene for the reader to know Anke, a young German woman caught up in a time of great turmoil, distrust and e ...more
Bev Walkling
Many thanks to Avon Books UK & #NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
Don't read this review if you are worried about spoilers. It's hard to write about this book without addressing the main event in this book and I was spoiled myself before I started this book. Although that just intrigued me...

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
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
A Woman of War is a heartbreaking “what if”story. Anke is a German midwife who is in a Nazi work camp during World War Two. She is pulled from the camp and taken to Berghof to care for a pregnant Eva Braun, Hitler’s mistress. Anke struggles with doing the right thing...caring for Eva and her unborn child or helping the resistance. Mandy Robotham’s debut novel is well written and a great read for historical fiction fans!
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it

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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
Dec 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A woman at war by Mandy Robotham is her debut novel and what a great one it is. Set in Germany in 1944 Anker Hoff is a Midwife in a concentration camp, dealing with helping the women prisoners giving birth to their babies and the problems what occur afterwards. When she is called to Hitler’s inner circle to become the Midwife of Eva Braun, that is pregnant with the Fuhrer’s child. She has no choice but to agree, so she can keep her family safe. They are also prisoners in camps scattered over Ger ...more
Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is written as an alternative history. I love historical books especially those set around the World War era. We follow a young woman who has been kept in a concentration camp and her midwifery skills are called into use. The characterisation is brilliant and you feel the angst of the main character. I will be really keen to read more by this author and which eras of history she may have in store for us next
Nov 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really did like and enjoy this book very much and although it dealt with some very painful and distressing issues it was done in such a thoughtful and compassionate way making it a very readable novel indeed. The writing was excellent and the characters realistic and although this was a work of fiction it had many true facts in it and this was done very well making for an interesting and thoughtful page turner.
Not my usual genre and in fact this also made for an even better read, a sad story b
Yvonne (It's All About Books)

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! ***

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Nov 27, 2018 rated it did not like it
An ARC was provided to me for free by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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
Dec 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2018
A Woman at War, the first book by author Mandy Robotham, is set in WWII Germany and is centered around the experience of midwife, Anke Hoff. Anke helps deliver babies in a concentration camp and is eventually assigned, with the promise of her family's safety, to aid in the care of Eva Braun, Hitler's paramour, up to and through her delivery. Along the way, Anke meets members of the SS as well as Germans who do not support the Nazi regime. The story is told through Anke's voice and goes back and ...more
Christina Billhartz
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Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The German Midwife falls in the vein as many books I've read over the years - World War II-era historical fiction. What is completely different about this book is the perspective which is told from Anke's point of view. She's a German midwife whose profession has put herself and her family members in a difficult position given that Berlin is currently at war. Anke has a job to do; deliver any woman's baby regardless of their beliefs and what may result of the birth. However, when she is asked to ...more
Alternate history: using real events and people and adding a smattering of ‘what if’ to explore other options – much like the ‘what if I went left on that day rather than right – what would happen? And here, adding to that concept with multiple flashback memories to the 1920’s, the story during World War II, and ending with the fall of the Berlin Wall, we get Anke’s story. A midwife in Berlin, determined to serve both the mother and baby, no matter their ‘station’ with the Reich, Anke was simply ...more
Jennifer Highland
The German Midwife is a heart-wrenching debut novel by Mandy Robotham. I was thrilled when NetGalley approved my request to review an ARC of this beautifully written story.

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
Lee Husemann
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those books that deserves more than 5 stars. This is a very well written story of Anke, a German midwife who was sent to a work camp during World War II because she did not follow the rules at her hospital regarding the Jewish women who gave birth. She started at the work camp as a seamstress making uniforms for the SS. She delivered a baby while at work and they transferred her to an area where she could work as a midwife which is what she loved to do. One day, she is called in a ...more
Pamela Scott
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it

(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
Jan 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars for The German Midwife by Mandy Robotham. This historical fiction book is based on what if Hitler’s mistress Eva Braun became pregnant with his child. The main character Anka, a German midwife, is brought from Ravensbruck, a German concentration camp, to care for and deliver Hitler’s baby. Though I did really enjoy this read and found it very emotionally draining to get through, I also found parts to be slow moving and repetitive. The German Midwife would be an excellent book club read ...more
Jan 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heart-wrenching, emotional, informal read that pulls you right in. Readers can go into the trenches of the Holocaust and what women and infants had to go through. I would read this again and again!
Feb 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Woman of War is a powerful read. It will most definitely be among my favorites of 2019. I highly recommend it. Five plus stars.
Kathy Sandlin
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley-arc
I was very curious how an author could write a book about one of the most well known mistresses in history and weave the fictional story into a story that is well known and controversial. . The author did a great job of merging the two. I enjoyed the story that gave you a glimpse into Eva’s personality even if most of it was fictional. The element of conflict also added to the richness of this story. Anke was definitely faced with many moral dilemmas throughout her young life as a midwife. I als ...more
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Woman Of War by Mandy Robotham is a fabulous debut novel set inside Nazi Germany. It is a powerful story using real historical figures blended with the author’s imagination. Some book have the power to really affect the reader – this is one such book.
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
Dec 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The German Midwife by Mandy Robotham was a very well written book with a plot that was quite believable. Once I began reading it I found it hard to put down. I enjoyed reading it and did not want it to end. It alternated between the present and past. Seems like many authors write like this lately. Mandy Robotham's idea for this book was so unique that I almost believed it. Mixing fact with fiction was a good combination and made The German Midwife into a "what if" kind of a story.

Anke Hoff was a
Rosanne Lortz
Young German midwife Anke Hoff is apprehended in the streets of Berlin, separated from her parents and siblings, and taken to a work camp because of her family's anti-Reich sympathies. At the work camp, she uses her skills to deliver babies--many of whom die only hours later from drowning or exposure to the elements--and give dignity to the grieving mothers. In a strange twist of events, the German authorities later remove her from the camp to the idyllic setting of the Berghof in the Bavarian A ...more
Riley van der Linden
3.5 stars

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
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Avon Books UK through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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.
Dec 22, 2018 rated it liked it
I would have given this book 4 or 5 stars if not for the one issue mentioned below. The comparison with The Tattooist of Auschwitz is not correct – this book is much better, brings alive the terrible conditions in the camps far better; the Tattooist was dry and boring. Apart from that one issue – which took me right out of the story – it was an excellent read, though the ending was rather abrupt.
However …. (Spoiler alert!) ……………….

The sexual relationship between Anke and Dieter is totally unreali
Jan 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley and Avon/Harper Collins Publishers Ltd. for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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.

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