The USA Today Best Seller.
“A powerful, haunting debut”—Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network
An enthralling new tale of courage, betrayal and survival in the hardest of circumstances that readers of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, The Secret Orphan and The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz will love.
Germany, 1944. A prisoner in the camps, Anke Hoff is doing what she can to keep her pregnant campmates and their newborns alive.
But when Anke’s work is noticed, she is chosen for a task more dangerous than she could ever have imagined. Eva Braun is pregnant with the Führer’s child, and Anke is assigned as her midwife.
Before long, Anke is faced with an impossible choice. Does she serve the Reich she loathes and keep the baby alive? Or does she sacrifice an innocent child for the good of a broken world?
*Published in the UK as A Woman of War*
‘The German Midwife is a book to harrow the soul and linger long in the mind. Anke, a German midwife sent to a labor camp for aiding Jewish mothers against Third Reich law, is whisked from hell-scape to eerie luxury when she is brought to Hitler's private mountain estate to care for his pregnant mistress Eva Braun. Mandy Robotham writes movingly of the eternal human struggle to preserve reverence for life in the midst of genocide and horror. A powerful, haunting debut.’ Kate Quinn
‘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. Enthralling!’ Kitty Neale
‘I cannot give enough praise for The German Midwife. This is definitely #1 on my list of historical fiction books I’ve read in 2018.’ NetGalley Reviewer
‘If you are looking for a page turner, this is it. I read the book cover to cover in 48 hours. If I could give this book a 6/5 Stars I would!’ NetGalley Reviewer
‘A lovely, heartbreaking book. Highly recommend!’ NetGalley Reviewer
‘Very compelling.’ NetGalley Reviewer
‘This book absolutely DESTROYED me. I went into it with high expectations, and I certainly wasn't let down.’ NetGalley Reviewer
‘The writing was excellent and the characters realistic […] an interesting and thoughtful page turner.’ NetGalley Reviewer
About the author
Mandy Robotham has been an aspiring author since the age of nine, but was waylaid by journalism and later enticed by birth. She’s now a practising midwife who writes about birth, death, love and everything else in between. She graduated with an MA in Creative Writing from Oxford Brookes University. This is her first novel.
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Feels like you’re in WWII
As a nurse, I loved the medical jargon and the descriptions of birth from the perspective of a midwife. If you are a fan of Call the Midwife at all, you will like this book too.
As a mother, some of the stories broke my heart and were extremely emotional.
As a lover of WWII stories, this was everything I wanted it to be. The emotion and writing so raw I could almost imagine the author was indeed there.
Well worth readin
This debut novel was riveting. The author created characters of depth as well as a daunting emotional landscape that made this reader think about the story and the people long after I finished reading the book. As a historical work of fiction, it held fast to the events that took place in Germany and the horror of the times, but never lost sight of an individual's choice to act with love and humanity in the face of evil.