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Summary

A forbidden love. A deadly secret. 

In early 1943, Magda Ritter’s parents send her to relatives in Bavaria, hoping to keep her safe from the Allied bombs. Young German women are expected to do their duty - working for the Reich or marrying to produce strong, healthy children.

After an interview with the civil service, Magda is assigned to the Berghof, Hitler’s mountain retreat. Only after weeks of training does she learn her assignment: she will be one of several young women tasting the Führer’s food, offering herself in sacrifice to keep him from being poisoned.

Perched high in the Bavarian Alps, the Berghof seems worlds away from the realities of battle. Though terrified at first, Magda gradually becomes used to her dangerous occupation - though she knows better than to voice her misgivings about the war.

But her love for a conspirator within the SS, and her growing awareness of the Reich’s atrocities, draw Magda into a plot that will test her wits and loyalty in a quest for safety, freedom and ultimately, vengeance....

Vividly written and ambitious in scope, Her Hidden Life examines the harrowing moral dilemmas of war in an emotional story filled with acts of extraordinary courage.

©2018 V.S. Alexander (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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Absolutely brilliant

Having studied WWII as part of my A level history, I was fascinated to see this book in publication which I first bought in book format and then in Audible as an audiobook.
Even though this book is fiction, it was absolutely brilliant from start to finish. It was so engaging.
This book does not sensationalise Hitler or the Nazi Party. The main characters and the story is focused on bring down both Hitler and his party.
Even though the subject matter may sound ‘heavy’ the book wasn’t, focussing on an innocent girl and how she accidentally gets swept into working for Hitler without her prior knowledge to become one of several food tasters directly for Hitler.
This book weaves fact with fiction with a lovely ending for the main character.
If you enjoy the story of “The book thief” also set in WWII, you might also enjoy this. Both wonderful stories set through a tragic historical period.
This book might make a good book group read.

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