The German Heiress by Anika Scott
The German Heiress kept me on the edge of my seat from page 1. I felt engrossed in the story as soon as Clara AKA Margaret Müller, is introduced. Her character might come off as desperate, but she definitely shines overall with her resolve and development.
The story had constant movement. The overall drive in Clara, kept going throughout the novel. Her wish to find her friend Elisa. But obstacles are constantly in her way. It’s those obstacles that make the story so riveting and unputdownable.
Obstacle #1: Her past. As “the Iron Fräulein.” (Don’t worry, she was not a Nazi sympathizer, just doing what she had to do because of her family’s status as an iron works company.)
Obstacle #2: Captain Fenshaw. Hell bent on arresting her for war crimes.
Obstacle #3: Jakob. A charismatic black marketeer, that makes a deal with her.
All this lent to a gritty, cold, post War desperation, that was constantly testing the limits of all characters involved.
Anika Scott wrote a fluid, well researched, story that climaxed into a satisfying ending. While I was a little sad that the story came to an end, I could totally see a series happening out of this. I don’t want to say why I feel like this as it would be a total spoiler, but I would love to see more of Clara.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
The German Heiress
Clara Falkenberg, once Germany’s most eligible and lauded heiress, earned the nickname “the Iron Fräulein” during World War II for her role operating her family’s ironworks empire. It’s been nearly two years since the war ended and she’s left with nothing but a false identification card and a series of burning questions about her family’s past. With nowhere else to run to, she decides to return home and take refuge with her dear friend, Elisa.
Narrowly escaping a near-disastrous interrogation by a British officer who’s hell-bent on arresting her for war crimes, she arrives home to discover the city in ruins, and Elisa missing. As Clara begins tracking down Elisa, she encounters Jakob, a charismatic young man working on the black market, who, for his own reasons, is also searching for Elisa. Clara and Jakob soon discover how they might help each other—if only they can stay ahead of the officer determined to make Clara answer for her actions during the war.
Propulsive, meticulously researched, and action-fueled, The German Heiress is a mesmerizing page-turner that questions the meaning of justice and morality, deftly shining the spotlight on the often-overlooked perspective of Germans who were caught in the crossfire of the Nazi regime and had nowhere to turn.
Have you read any Post WWII Historical Fiction? If, so which ones?
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