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  • The German Wife

  • Inspired by True Events, an Absolutely Gripping and Heartbreaking WW2 Historical Novel
  • By: Debbie Rix
  • Narrated by: Tamsin Kennard
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (73 ratings)

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The German Wife

By: Debbie Rix
Narrated by: Tamsin Kennard
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Summary

Germany, 1939: Annaliese is a doctor’s wife, living in an elegant grey stone house with ivy creeping over the balcony. But when her husband is ordered to work at the Dachau labor camp, her ordinary life is turned upside down by the horrors of war. And Annaliese finds herself in grave danger when she dares to fight for love and freedom. 

America, 1989: Turning the pages of the newspaper, Annaliese gasps when she recognizes the face of a man she thought she’d never see again. It makes her heart skip a beat as a rush of wartime memories come back to her. As she reads on, she realizes the past is catching up with her. She must confront a decades-old secret - or risk losing everything.

Germany, 1942: Annaliese’s marriage is beginning to crumble. Her husband, Hans, has grown cold and secretive since starting his new job as a doctor at Dachau. When a tall, handsome Russian prisoner named Alexander is sent from the camp to work in their garden, lonely Annaliese finds herself drawn to him as they tend to the plants together. In snatched moments and broken whispers, Alexander tells her the truth about the shocking conditions at the camp. Horrified, Annaliese vows to do everything she can to save him.

But as they grow closer, their feelings for each other put them both in terrible danger. And when Annaliese falls pregnant, she has to make an impossible decision between protecting herself and saving the love of her life. Inspired by a true story, this is a heart-stopping, unforgettable tale of ordinary people fighting for survival in the darkest of times. Fans of Orphan Train, The Tattooist of Auschwitz, and My Name Is Eva will be utterly gripped by this beautiful, tragic World War II novel.

Audiences love Debbie Rix:

"Incredibly heart-wrenching.... It’s just mind-blowing.... I adored this book from start to finish.... If I could give it 10 stars, I would." (Confessions of a Bookaholic)

"I was so gripped.... A beautifully written story that captivated my mind and heart.... A perfect historical fiction novel that fans of this genre are going to love." (By the Letter Book Reviews)

©2022 Debbie Rix (P)2021 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

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amazing book .Best one I've listened to brilliant story and emotional. excellent would recommend to everyone

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An enjoyable novel

Firstly the narration was really good The storyline was good a bit of naivety in the main character I struggle to imagine she was so oblivious to events that her life was attached to I appreciate it was a story and view point Overall good

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Loved this!

The intricate relationships are described so well. I loved the story. Yes it is a story about a horrific time in history but the story is also about love, duty and expectations.
Would 100% recommend.

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Terrible.

Repetitive, dull and yet played on really sad and horrific crimes against humanity which deserve a better narrative. Characters were flat and one dimensional. Got 70% through it, and gave up.

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Unrealistic and narrated accents were awful.

Struggled to finish this. I have noticed many of Debbie Rix's books are "inspired by a true story" and yet we are never told anything about that story.

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great read

loved it from the beginning to the last page ....great story.....exciting fast paced...I didn't want it to end

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Utterly compelling.

How interesting to consider the predicament of an unwilling SS officer during the war. The effect of liberation upon the prisoners and the families of both prisoners and officials. So terrifying.

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