Friday, January 14, 2022

The German Wife by Debbie Rix

A whirlwind pre-war romance filled with love and hope was dashed when Hans became a doctor for the Nazi Party.

Hans was forcibly sent to Dachau to do research and testing on the prisoners.  This made him quite unhappy and made Annaliese, his wife, even more unhappy when she found out what he was really doing there.

Annaliese found out what he was doing from her gardener that Hans had brought to their home from the camp.

Annaliese couldn't confront Hans about what she had learned because she knew Hans would take Alexander, the gardener, back to the camp.

It was a tough time for Annaliese, and she was confiding in Alexander even though she knew it was wrong to treat him kindly and give him extra food.  She had to tread lightly to not get him in more trouble.

We follow Annaliese before the war, during the war, after the war as her husband was hunted for his participation in the experiments at Dachau, and in America with her son as he asks about his father.  He actually didn’t know his father because he was very young when his father disappeared a few days before the war ended.

THE GERMAN WIFE is well done, heartbreaking, based on true characters, and a book that revealed what went on during the time at Dachau Concentration Camp.

Historical fiction fans and women’s fiction fans will want to read this book.

Excellent read.  5/5

This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.


About The Author:

Debbie Rix has had a long career in journalism, including working as a presenter for the BBC. Her first novel, The Girl with Emerald Eyes was set around the building of the tower of Pisa and she has since released Daughters of the Silk Road and The Silk Weaver’s Wife. Debbie writes heartbreaking historical novels about love, tragedy and secrets.

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  1. So good...enjoy if you read this book.

    Thanks for stopping.

  2. Replies
    1. It is very good.

      Thanks for your comment, Laurel.

  3. This does sound very sad. Wonder what became of the husband, if it's based on a true story!

    1. It was sad, but very good.

      I hope you get to read the book to find out what happened to him.

      Thank you for your comment, Harvee.