Wednesday, April 8, 2020

The German Heiress by Anika Scott

Living two lives - one during the war and one after.

During the war she was Clara Falkenberg who was in charge of her family's iron works and was cruel to the workers. 

After the war, she assumed another name, Margarete Mueller, lived in a boarding house, and worked as a secretary.

Could she hide her identity forever? She thought so, but the British had been following her for years and had extensive records of her war crimes.

They found her on a train back to her hometown to find a friend, was pulled off, interrogated, and the search was over. Or was it over?

Clara denied everything, but she knew they had enough evidence to charge her with war crimes. When being transported to another area, she escaped.

She hid for a few days, and then found the house she was looking for.  It was the house of her friend Elisa.  It definitely was NOT the house it used to be.  It was rubble.

Clara did find something through it all. She found a family living in the basement and a family that had known Elisa.

The search for Elisa began, but where to begin was the question.  Just as Clara was digging through the rubble, another person came along who was looking for Elisa too. It was Jakob who needed Elise to tell her some news.

Could they work together to find Elisa?

And....could Clara remain hidden from the British officer looking for her?

THE GERMAN HEIRESS has family secrets and is very well written and researched.  The descriptions are detailed and vivid.

The story line is captivating with authentic characters.

Historical fiction fans will be extremely pleased with THE GERMAN HEIRESS. 4/5

This book was given to me by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.


  1. I like books with family secrets and like the time period so will have to look for this.

    1. I think you will enjoy it, Kathy.

      Thanks for your comment.

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    1. It is excellent.

      Thanks for commenting, Laurel.

  3. Sounds intriguing! Adding it to my TBR. :)

    1. excellent read.

      Thanks for your comment, ML’s Red House Reviews.

  4. A lovely review, Elizabeth!

    There are so many WWII books around right now and some of them have extraordinarily good storylines. This definitely sounds like one of the better ones, so it is heading for my list!

    Thanks for sharing :)

    Yvonne Xx

    1. It has an excellent story line.

      Thanks for your comment, Yvonne.

  5. Your review sure peeked my interest!

    1. 😊

      ENJOY if you read it, Rebecca.

      Thanks for commenting.

  6. What an unusual take on that situation. Good review.