The German Midwife by Mandy RobothamThe German Midwife by Mandy Robotham

The German Midwife

byMandy Robotham

Paperback | June 18, 2019

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An enthralling tale from the #1 Globe and Mail and USA Today Best Selling Author."A powerful, haunting debut"-Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice NetworkAn 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*
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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Title:The German MidwifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pagesPublished:June 18, 2019Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0008335915

ISBN - 13:9780008335915

Reviews

Rated 4 out of 5 by from An interesting read. I have just finished "The German Midwife" and thoroughly enjoyed it, fact and fiction combined to tell a completely believable tale. From the horrors of new mothers and babies in the concentration camps to the luxury of Eva Braun's pregnancy and delivery, it was a good read. A fictional presentation of Eva Braun and a possible baby for all of Germany, showed another side to those close to Hitler. The ending was not what I hoped for, but good non the less.
Date published: 2019-09-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing End The beginning of the book had me intrigued and I was invested in the characters. However, the ending was not what I expected and overall felt like a waste of time.
Date published: 2019-09-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique, well written, WW2 novel A different WW2 novel that captures the horror of the holocaust through the perspective of a midwife. The story is well written and the plot is compelling. A must read!
Date published: 2019-08-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good book it was okay book. It dragged on in the middle and the ending was not at all what i expected but it was an easy read and i did enjoy it. just dragged in the middle.
Date published: 2019-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An enthralling piece of speculative fiction 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 strictly factual then perhaps this story is not for them, but if you have ever heard a piece of news or studied a time period in history only to wonder "What if...." then you will surely enjoy this book. The author was inspired by a real and desperate time in history - the second world war and the genocide which was waged against the Jewish people. Her main character is a German midwife who is NOT Jewish but whose beliefs about how all labouring women and newborn babies should be treated lands her in Ravensbruck Concentration Camp. The story of women giving birth only to have their newborns taken from them to be put to death was horrifying to read and yet it did happen. There are graphic descriptions of women giving birth which have beauty in spite of the horrific location. Clearly the author did her research on the time period and her own experience as a midwife made the descriptions come to life. Things do not end in the concentration camp though. Anke Hoff (the midwife) finds herself transferred from the camp to a completely different location where she is expected to be the private midwife to a very important German woman. The life of her family is held over her to make sure that she will co-operate. In spite of such a strong incentive she still finds herself questioning her innermost beliefs about what is right and what she will or will not do in terms of the birth of this important baby. There are twists and turns in this novel and even a little romance (although it is not the main thrust of the book). The ending came as a real surprise to me. For a debut novel this was extremely well done! From the first pages of the book I was enthralled and had real trouble putting the book down in spite of the fact that I had a houseful of company to feed and entertain. This is a book that I won't soon forget. I highly recommend it especially if you are interested in novels set in World War 2 Germany.
Date published: 2019-01-09

Editorial Reviews

'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