Release Date: April 26, 2022
About The Book:
As the war begins, Hanna Rombauer, a young German woman, is sent to live with her aunt and uncle after her mother’s death. Thrown into a life of luxury she never expected, Hanna soon finds herself unwillingly matched with an SS officer. The independence that her mother lovingly fostered in her is considered highly inappropriate as the future wife of an up-and-coming officer and she is sent to a “bride school.” There, in a posh villa on the outskirts of town, Hanna is taught how to be a “proper” German wife. The lessons of hatred, prejudice, and misogyny disturb her and she finds herself desperate to escape.
For Tilde Altman, a German Jewish woman, the war has brought more devastation than she ever thought possible. Torn from her work, her family, and her new husband, she fights to keep her unborn baby safe. But when the unthinkable happens, Tilde realizes she must hide. The risk of discovery grows greater with each passing day, but she has no other options.
When Hanna discovers that Tilde hiding near the school, she knows she must help her however she can. For Tilde, fear wars with desperation. The women must take extraordinary risks to save the lives of mother and baby.
Will they both be able to escape with their lives and if they do, what kind of future can they possibly hope for?
Tilde is a German mixed Jew. Her Jewish mother hides away at the top of their seamstress shop, while Tilde runs the store. Tilde has a German last name and is able to hide in plain site. Hanna has been sent to live with her aunt and uncle. They plan to raise Hanna to be a good German wife. However, the SS officer she is engaged to is less than desiring. He is beyond cruel and scary. All these characters and their lives end up mixing together and this causes some dangerous situations with possible terrifying outcomes
First off, let me start by saying, I read this in one sitting. We were on a road trip and when I started it, I could not stop. Usually, I will put a book aside and pick up the phone or the iPad on a trip. Not with this one, it just moved like lightning!
Tilde and Hannah’s situation captivated me all the way through this book. They both had to be strong and smart to overcome every obstacle. And believe me…there are a lot of obstacles!
Need a great story which will make you mad, cry, and jump for joy all in the same breath…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today!
I received this novel from the author for a honest review.
About The Author:
Aimie K. Runyan writes to celebrate history’s unsung heroines. She has written five historical novels, including the internationally bestselling DAUGHTERS OF THE NIGHT SKY. Her most recent novel, GIRLS ON THE LINE is a Historical Novel Society Editor’s Choice for February 2019. She was a finalist for the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer of the Year award and Colorado Book Award in 2019 and is a finalist for the Colorado Book Award again in 2020. Her fifth novel, ACROSS THE WINDING RIVER releases in August of 2020. Aimie is active as an educator and speaker in the writing community and beyond. She lives in Colorado with her two (usually) adorable children. To learn more about Aimie, please visit www.aimiekrunyan.com.
This is a moving and memorable tale of sisterhood, strength, and survival, which will resonate deeply with readers of historical fiction.– “Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author”