‘Save her,’ she begs, drawing her last, quavering breaths. ‘Save my baby. Find her father. And reunite them.’ Both of our tears fall on the tiny creature in my arms, only minutes old and already in terrible danger. There’s never any doubt – of course I’ll do all I can. But will it be enough?
Auschwitz, January 1945: forced on a terrifying death march from the notorious concentration camp, midwife and former secret agent Maggie must find the strength to protect the tiny baby girl her dying friend left to her care. Only weeks old, little Leah is in terrible danger – from the Nazis, from the freezing weather, from starvation.
So when a company of soldiers led by brave Captain Jamie Maclean rescues the marching women, Maggie’s relief knows no bounds. But it soon turns to astonishment when Jamie vows to help Maggie reunite Leah with her father – he has fallen in love with Maggie, and will do everything in his power to assist her.
Maggie can’t yet trust her own, budding, feelings. But she accepts Jamie’s help, and slowly starts to dream of a life together. Until Maggie gets the news every survivor dreads. The most fearsome Nazi of all, Dr Mengele, the terror of Auschwitz, has escaped – and she may be the only person strong enough to track him down.
Looking at baby Leah’s trusting eyes, Maggie’s heart is torn. But she has to find Mengele and bring him to justice. Can she succeed on the most terrifying mission of her life, when so many others have failed? And if she does, will she find her way back home to the ones she loves, or will the heartbreak of everything she has suffered destroy any chance of happiness, forever?
A compelling and heart-breaking historical novel about sacrifices, determination and love that conquers all. Perfect for readers of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, The Nightingale and The Alice Network, this emotional read will leave you filled with hope.
Genre: Historical Fiction
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 318
Date of Publication: May 16, 2023
My Rating: 5 Stars
The Midwife’s Child is book three in the WW2 Resistance series. Books one and two were The Silence Before Dawn and Paris at First Light. All three books in this stunning trilogy are five star reads. In this latest book, Maggie saves the life of tender newborn Leah. Born in a concentration camp, with a cruel doctor conducting horrifying experiments, especially on young children, Maggie does everything within her power to save little Leah. Willing to risk life or limb, Maggie is determined to deliver Leah safely to her father, a man who has lost most of his family.
Major Jamie Maclean proves a formidable ally when it comes to the lengths he goes through to assist Maggie. However, at some point, the
pair become separated, but not before strong feelings had arisen between them. Maggie has no choice but to assume the worst. However, she decides not to give up, and does what she can to find Jamie, even if this means fighting the powers that be when it comes to the responsibilities that she has.
Having read a considerable amount of historical fiction, as well as remembering history lessons from school, imagining the pain and travesty at Auschwitz and other concentration camps breaks my heart. However, this story surprised me. While on the one hand it brought tears to my eyes, there was also reasons to cry for joy. I love how strong Maggie was despite terrible opposition. I also loved how real her feelings were when it came to the despicable doctor who was conducting those experiments. I am sure had I been in her shoes I would most likely have felt the same way. And then, when you consider how much she loved the baby she saved, how compassionate she was to other concentration camp prisoners and how she wondered about happiness for herself, this book was utterly compelling and truly impressive. Amanda Lees writes amazing stories and I loved meeting all of the strong women in this series.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
As well as her new World War Two romantic thriller series, she has published two bestselling satirical fiction novels, a YA thriller trilogy and a number of non-fiction titles including The Dictionary of Crime.
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