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The Lost Mother

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  307 ratings  ·  43 reviews
She looked at the empty cradle where her baby had been. Her heart felt tattered and empty, like the hollow streets of Berlin after its people began to live in fear.

Berlin, 1934. Homes once filled with laughter stand empty as the Nazi party’s grip on the city tightens. When Anna Tiegel’s beautiful best friend catches Reich Minister Goebbels’ special attention, an impulsive
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Published January 28th 2021 by Bookouture
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Jessica | JustReadingJess
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
The Lost Mother is a great World War II novel that focuses on so much more than the war. Some parts of the book take place in Germany starting in 1934, around World War II and leading throughout the war. There are other parts taking place in 1957 when Peggy is looking for her mother. Peggy will do anything to find her mother. Peggy gets scared and frustrated but doesn’t let that stop her. Peggy is always questioning who she can trust to help, but quickly realizes she has to trust someone or she ...more
Louise Wilson
Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
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This book was the epitome of the heartbreaks and suffering people had during the worst time of humankind...
I am obsessed with World War stories as it lets you see a glimpse of the true nature of human, how some can be strong, remain good and go through so much suffering and other go through such length to hurt other.
Author Hokin has created an amazing world-building to a world we can now only imagine the agony of the characters, their separation from their loved ones... of our main P
★★★ 3.5 stars

I am excited to be taking part in the #BooksOnTour #BlogTour for Catherine Hokin's latest heartbreaking tale THE LOST MOTHER (previously titled "All Who Wander").

I love Catherine Hokin's historical novels but they are like climbing a mountain. A long slow arduous climb to get to its peak but once you're there, the view is magnificent. And the journey was worth it. I always feel like this about her books...slow to start with but I know I will be rewarded with a wonderful heartwarming
Shirley McAllister
In search of a dream

This is a dual timeline story which stretches across years. It all begins in Berlin, Germany at the onset of the Nazi control. Anna and Marika are best friends and Eddy is Anna's boyfriend. They are both actresses, Anna in theatre and Marika in movies. Eddy is the movie photographer. After Goebbels, Hitler's right hand man, takes over the movies Marika gets involved and Anna and Marika find themselves in a bad situation. Anna saves the day but incurs the wrath of Goebbels.
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!!! It definitely wasn't the story that I expected when I started reading the book. I enjoyed how the book alternated between the 1930s and 1950s. Loved the characters, story and writing style. Marika would use anyone if she thought it would get her ahead in life. She was definitely jealous of Anna. Anna was a true friend to her and would do anything to keep her safe, but I can't say the same about Marika. Anna should have left Marika deal with Goebbels all on her own. I disliked her eve ...more
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
The Lost Mother is a story that flicks between past and present as well as between Anna and her time during the war and Peggy, her daughter, trying to find her mother in the present day in 1957.

What makes this story stand out from the other books in this genre, is the movie aspect. Anna and her friend are actresses of who were doing well in Germany until things started to escalate against the Jewish people and the war started. Anna's fight for survival and time during those years, were a constan
Nicola Short
Jan 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
A poignant, heartbreaking ww2 story.
What a unusual plot with so many twists and turns. I had a hard time keeping up with it all. Truly a intense read that pulls you. Written in two timelines of the 1930’s and 1950.
I felt the story jumped around a bit too much and was slow in parts. It, not slow enough to stop me from reading on. The history aspect was very interesting and showed a part of history I hadn’t read too much about.
I would definitely recommend this historical fiction to anyone intrigue
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
A truly captivating story filled with strong female characters that is equal parts heartbreaking and heartwarming
Emma Crowley
Jan 10, 2021 rated it liked it
The Lost Mother is the new book from historical fiction author Catherine Hokin. It’s a dual timeline story of sorts, I say this because a lot of the books I read with dual timelines are set in the present day and then perhaps back during the war years. Here the story takes place in the late 1950’s and then goes back to the pre war years and in turn the war itself. In New York in 1935, in the brief prologue, we are introduced to Anna. She is filled with longing and pain and she would give anythin ...more
Dec 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
What is it about World War Two stories that are endlessly fascinating to both readers and authors? I think it’s because WW2 is full of monsters as well as many who suffered atrocities almost impossible to imagine. In the historical novel, ‘All Who Wander’ by Catherine Hokin, German Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels is the monster and Anna Tiegel reveals the injustice she suffered at the cruel hand of someone with far-reaching power. To a lesser extent, but by no means any less monstrous, is bu ...more
Annette Jordan
The Lost Mother by Catherine Hokin is a wonderful piece of historical fiction that blends together World War 2 era Germany and 1950's Hollywood in an epic and heart breaking story of love and loss, family and fame.
In 1950's Rhode Island Peggy Bailey is struggling to come to terms with her mother's death, and with the puzzle she left behind, a mysterious photograph of two young women which seems to have been taken in pre war Germany. Peggy knows she was adopted but knows nothing about her birth
Sydney Long
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021-reads
Wow, what a page turner! Upon the death of her mother in the 1950’s, her adoptive mother, Peggy is handed a picture of two women who appear to be in Berlin. It’s quite evident that one of these two women is Peggy’s biological mother. One woman is a complete mystery but the other one has the striking resemblance to a famous actress. So Peggy sets off on a journey of self discovery. Who are these women in the picture? Which one is her real mother? A story set in a dual timeline maps out Peggy’s jo ...more
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
On her deathbed, Peggy's adoptive mother reveals a photo of two women, one of which is Peggy's birth mother. Peggy sets off to discover the truth after identifying one of the women as celebrated actress Louise Baker.
The Lost Mother is set over two timelines. We have Peggy's journey for the truth in the 1950s after her discovery of the photo of her birth mother. We also have the story of her mother Anna in the 1930s as she flees from the attention of Goebbels, hides her Jewish heritage and is reg
Ashley Darinsig
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
I love Historical Fiction and almost never give a book in that genre less than 4 stars. However, this book fell a little flat for me.

Had it just been from the perspective of Anna, this would have been a higher rated book for me. I really loved her story, even though it was heartbreaking. I connected with her because she showed emotion. It felt real to me. Thats what I look for in Historical Fiction.

Peggy, on the other hand, I could have done without her. Which is odd I know, considering the pr
Jenny W
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it
Thank you @netgalley and @bookouture for this advance reader copy of The Lost Mother written by Catherine Hokin in exchange for an honest review.

With life, love and loss being the central themes of this novel set in the turmultous time period of 1930 through to 1950, we follow two strong female leads:

✨Talented actress Anna living with her family and partner Eddy in Berlin, having to use her acting not just on the stage but now in a way like no other; to survive as both herself and best friend an
Joy Corkery
Jan 24, 2021 rated it liked it
Review originally published here:

I’ve read a lot of WWII historical fiction at this point so with each new book I read, I try to pick out something I hadn’t come encountered previously In this case, it was interesting to learn how Germans were treated in America during the war. And, although it makes perfect sense, I wasn’t aware of Nazi party support groups set up in other countries. I really enjoyed delving into that aspect of the war.

However, I was dis
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
When Peggy's adoptive mom dies she's left without any family. Her mother waits until her last days to tell her what little she knows about the day they picked her up from the hospital.. A photo with two young girls was tucked inside Peggy's baby blanket and her mother held onto it all this time. Peggy can't stop looking at the photo because one of the girls looks familiar to her. Once she realizes she has a lead she travels to America to hopefully find her mother or someone who may know her moth ...more
Samadhee Ismail
Jan 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The story is divided into Present Day set in 1957 and 1934 during the Nazi rule in Germany. In 1957, Peggy realizes that she was adopted when her adopted mother Joan gives her a picture of two women who happened to be German--and one of them is the famous Hollywood actress, Louise. As she flies all the way from Rhode Island to L.A. to cover about her birth mother did she finds out more about the history of her mother...

I do love historical fiction, mainly based on WWII and Holocaust, and this wa
Corinne Rodrigues
Jan 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
It’s hard to even start imagining the kind of trauma, fear and absolute torture people went through during the WW2 in Germany and subsequently other countries.

This story alternated between pre-war / WW2 days of the 1930s and the post war, 1950s. It’s the story of two young women – one from each of these times – bound together.

Peggy, in the 1950s, has recently lost her adoptive mother. The only mother Peggy knew, on her dying bed, pressed a photograph of two young women into Peggy’s hand and whis
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
2 stories intertwined. The story of Anna, an actress in pre-WWII Germany, her resistance of the upcoming regime, betrayal, how she was left behind in Germany by her best friend and her boyfriend. Being stripped of everything, her career, work, life, but also her family, Anna gives birth to a daughter, and gives her up. We follow Anna to New York to find her daughter as she was adopted by an American couple, what it was like to be a German in USA at that time, her struggle, the Bundt (something I ...more
Mar 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
I was drawn to this novel, The Lost Mother, for two reasons. One was that it was a historical fiction story centered around WWII. the other was that I was intrigued with the story of an young women who was given up for adoption in Germany, just before the outbreak of the war. The baby was adopted by an American couple. Jump ahead about 20 years later and this baby is now seeking her biological parents.
Most historical WWII novels focus on the rise of the Nazi movement and the horrors that the Je
Mar 12, 2021 rated it really liked it
I love this author, but I didn't love this book as much as her other two WWII books, although the subject matter was fresh. The book takes place in 1930's Berlin and New York, and 1950's California.

Marika and Anna are best friends, although the friendship is dominated by Marika's wants and Anna basically goes along. Marika's ambition and charisma go to her head, and she shamelessly manipulates people to do her bidding, ultimately including the love of Anna's life. Anna comes to America and ultim
Kathi Brennan
Jan 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
The Lost Mother is a dual timeline story that follows Anna and Peggy. Anna, is a young Jewish actress in Nazi Germany who captures the eye of Joseph Goebbels. Anna escapes Berlin and Goebbels, and heads to the US to find the daughter she was forced to give up. Peggy is a recent college graduate who discovers she was adopted shortly before her mother dies, With only a photograph to go on, Peggy heads across the country to Hollywood to discover the identity of her birth mother.

I really enjoyed An
Victoria Rodríguez
Mar 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
An extraordinary book. This story has different timelines. Anna Tiegel is concerned about the recent rise of the new political party that is in power. Germany is apparently no longer a safe place. Anna's best friend attracts the attention of a government minister. She acts impulsively to save her friend. However, this brings her dire consequences, she loses her job, and her life becomes more complicated. Her last hope is to escape the barbarity that her country is suffering. I like this story, l ...more
Lee Husemann
Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is so, so, so good it was hard to put down. This is another great Catherine Hokin book that begins in Rhode Island where new college graduate Peggy Bailey is spending time with her very ill adoptive mother, Joan. Just before Joan passes away, she gives Peggy a picture of two women with arms linked that was obviously taken in Berlin. Peggy recognizes a pin one of the women is wearing and discovers the woman is motion picture star Louise Baker. This makes Peggy wonder if Louise Baker is ...more
Molly Moore
Feb 03, 2021 rated it liked it
This is not my usual genre and I will admit it took me a bit of time to really get into this story. The early chapters are definitely a bit on the slow side but also the character development as a result was fairly rich and detailed, especially of Anna and Marika. Related, over all despite enjoying this book and it doing an excellent job of reminding me of how fear can take up root in a person and effect everything they do, I do think it was overly long and there are bits that could have been ed ...more
Karen Brotzman
Feb 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
In 1934 Germany, a young women struggles to survive the Nazi occupation. The world that Anna knew is slipping away piece by piece. Her family taken from her, her baby stole, and the betrayal of her friend leads her to a new world.

In 1957 a young women discovers her origins are not what she thought they were. So begins a journey of discovery, and forgiveness that takes years.
This story is both heartbreaking and uplifting in the cruelness of human nature and the power of one's will to live and
Elisabeth Soane
Mar 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley-2021
This is a stunning World War Two novel about a history that I knew nothing about. The story is written from the two time zones of 1934 and 1957.
In 1934 Berlin Anna Tiegel tries to protect her friend from the advances of Goebbels whilst also trying to find a way out for her and boyfriend Eddie. In 1957 when Peggy Bailey’s adoptive mother dies she is left with a photograph that can lead her to her roots but will she be brave enough to follow.
I loved the history of film making in Germany during the
Pamela Rae Stewart
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful book!

This book was great!! A lot of drama and intrigue throughout. This poor woman went through hell after hell and so much heartbreak. It never seemed to end. The author did a good job with the characters and their
personalities as well as the way they grew from young adults to more mature adults. They matured as you’d expect they would with all the difficulties they went through in life. The author explained the Nazi presence in Germany and the Bund in the US, which wasn’t somethin
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