A Child For The Reich by Andie Newton is a heartbreaking historical tale that consumed me from the start.
The story is fiction but based on fact. The Nazis stole upwards of 200,000 children from Nazi occupied territories and assimilated them into Germany as they had them adopted into Nazi families. It is truly heartbreaking.
This is a story of courage, determination and desperation. It is a mother’s search for her daughter. We witness a love that never gives up. It is a love that will do whatever is necessary with no thought to personal safety.
Andie Newton has perfectly captured the fear and desperation of the Czech mothers and grandmothers as the brown sisters descend on a town.
It was a time of pure evil – but not all Germans were Nazis. There were pockets of goodness, kindness and courage.
There is the theme of trust. Sometimes you have to take a risk and reach out to trust someone and hope you have chosen wisely.
In times of war, we all have choices to make. “We’re measured by our choices. It’s what makes us who we are.” We always have the opportunity to choose to do the right thing.
All the characters are well drawn and realistic.
In times of war, the moral codes and lines are blurred. People act in ways they never would in peacetime.
I was thoroughly engrossed in A Child For The Reich. It was a powerful tale about a time of pure evil. It is a story that needs telling.
I received a free copy via Rachel’s Random Resources. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.
A Child for the Reich
From the USA Today bestselling author comes a gripping new emotional WW2 historical novel. Inspired by a true story!
‘A moving story of a mother’s love battling against the determination of the Reich to create a pure Aryan race…A recommended read‘ Glynis Peters
‘An intensely moving, brilliantly researched novel about love, loss, and the lengths a mother will go to for her child…utterly compelling‘ Deborah Carr
Rumours of the Nazis coming for Czech children swept through the villages like a breeze through the trees, and the story was always the same…
They wanted our children to raise as their own
Since her husband, Josef, joined the Czech resistance three years ago, Anna Dankova has done everything possible to keep her daughter, Ema, safe. But when blonde haired, blue-eyed Ema is ripped from her mother’s arms in the local marketplace by the dreaded Brown Sisters, nurses who were dedicated to Hitler’s cause, Anna is forced to go to new extremes to take back what the Nazis have stolen from her.
Going undercover as a devoted German subject eager to prove her worth to the Reich, the former actress takes on a role of a lifetime to find and save her daughter. But getting close to Ema is one thing. Convincing her that the Germans are lying when they claim Anna stole her from her true parents is another…
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Author Bio –
Andie Newton is the USA Today bestselling author of The Girls from the Beach, The Girl from Vichy, and The Girl I Left Behind.
She writes gritty and emotional war stories about strong women. Andie holds a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s in teaching. She lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband, her two boys, and one very lazy cat.
You can find book club discussion questions on andienewton.com.
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