Book Review: ‘The School For German Brides: A Novel’ By Aimie K. Runyan

The year is 1938 and for two women in Berlin, Germany their lives will forever be changed. For 17 year-old Hanna Rombauer she’s off to live with her wealthy aunt and uncle, who are in society and support the German Cause. She’s not use to the finer things and has to adjust to the way of living and becoming a proper young woman. She’s soon matched with a high ranking SS officer and has no choice but to marry and obey him (something she does not want to do). For Mathilde Altman, a half German/half Jew, things are more difficult. She lives with her mother and works in the dress store they opened. But times are getting tough in Germany for Jews and her mother is able to get to America but has to leave Tilde behind. Tilde falls in love and marries a Jewish man, whose family has been taken. He soon leaves her to find his family and most likely seal his fate. Tilde is also pregnant. Hannah is sent to a school for German Brides to learn how to be a proper wife. Tilde is also hiding out nearby about to give birth and Hannah will do what she can to help Tilde, even if it means getting herself into trouble. A great historical fiction novel based on the real school for brides (which I had never known about). The story is one you won’t want to put down. Told from the points of view of the two characters, it’s another in a long line of great historical fiction novels.

You can pick up The School For German Brides in stores on Tuesday, April 26th from William Morrow Paperbacks.

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