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The School for German Brides

Aimie K. Runyan



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01 May 2022
In this intriguing historical novel, a young woman who is sent to a horrific bride school to be molded into the perfect Nazi wife finds her life forever intertwined with a young Jewish woman about to give birth.

Germany, 1939

As the war begins, Hanna Rombauer, a young German woman, is sent to live with her aunt and uncle after her mother's death. Thrown into a life of luxury she never expected, Hanna soon finds herself unwillingly matched with an SS officer twenty years her senior. The independence that her mother lovingly fostered in her is considered highly inappropriate as the future wife of an up-and-coming officer and she is sent to a bride school. There, in a posh villa on the outskirts of town, Hanna is taught how to be a proper German wife. The lessons of hatred, prejudice, and misogyny disturb her and she finds herself desperate to escape.

For Mathilde Altman, a German Jewish woman, the war has brought more devastation than she ever thought possible. Torn from her work, her family, and her new husband, she fights to keep her unborn baby safe. But when the unthinkable happens, Tilde realizes she must hide. The risk of discovery grows greater with each passing day, but she has no other options.

When Hanna discovers Tilde hiding near the school, she knows she must help her however she can. For Tilde, fear wars with desperation when Hanna proposes a risky plan.

Will they both be able to escape with their lives and if they do, what kind of future can they possibly hope for
Imprint:   HARPER360
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 203mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 22mm
Weight:   272g
ISBN:   9780063094208
ISBN 10:   0063094207
Pages:   384
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for The School for German Brides

In The School for German Brides, Aimie Runyan has penned the thoughtful and original story of an SS officer's bride and a young Jewish mother, whose lives collide in unexpected ways in World War II Germany. This is a moving and memorable tale of sisterhood, strength and survival, which will resonate deeply with readers of historical fiction. -- <strong>Pam Jenoff, NYT Bestselling Author of <em>The Woman With the Blue Star </em></strong> The Stepford Wives meets The Alice Network in The School for German Brides. Aimie Runyan brilliantly evokes the sinister, gilded world of 1930's Berlin-a world where young women are forcibly groomed to become perfect mates to men who hide their brutality behind toothy grins and perfectly pressed uniforms. It's also a world where secret acts of feminine resistance flare beneath the surface, along with heart-tugging compassion and daring bravery. You won't be able to put this one down. -- <strong>Kris Waldherr, author of <em>The Lost History of Dreams</em> and <em>Unnatural Creatures</em></strong> Equal parts fascinating and horrifying, Runyan offers a riveting tale of love, loss, and survival not only of life but of the human spirit. Readers are dipped into a genteel world of young ladies, wooing suitors, satin dresses, and proper etiquette, but this world is a thin veneer for hatred and intolerance for anything less than perfect. Compelling from start to finish, this is Runyan's finest work yet. -- <strong>J'nell Ciesielski, author of <em>The Ice Swan </em></strong> The School for German Brides is Intriguing and often heartbreaking, yet the lovely connections between these women-and their determination to hold onto family and self in the midst of the darkest time-kept me cheering them on in the face of incredible danger. It's a touching story which fans of women's historical fiction won't want to miss. -- <strong>Libbie Grant, author of <em>The Prophet's Wife</em></strong> A stunningly singular book experience, The School for German Brides is a study in the nuance and complexities afforded us from the privilege of historical hindsight. Runyan paints in the grey areas where women were victim not only to the rising atrocity of power and depravity but the social constructs of yet another time period demanding they bend to a patriarchal norm. Runyan's evocative and unsettling tale excels at exhuming the hauntingly real corner of elegant barbarism. A bravely examined and deeply important book destined to elevate the discourse central to historical fiction. -- <strong>Rachel McMillan, author of the <em>Mozart Code</em> </strong>

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