The School for German Brides

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Published by: ‎ William Morrow
Release Date: April 26, 2022
Pages: 384
ISBN13: 978-0063094208



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. 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 Tilde 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 that Tilde hiding near the school, she knows she must help her however she can. For Tilde, fear wars with desperation. The women must take extraordinary risks to save the lives of mother and baby.

Will they both be able to escape with their lives and if they do, what kind of future can they possibly hope for?

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"This is a moving and memorable tale of sisterhood, strength, and survival, which will resonate deeply with readers of historical fiction." —Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author 

"Compelling from start to finish, this is Runyan's finest work yet." — J'nell Ciesielski, author of The Ice Swan

"You won't be able to put this one down." — Kris Waldherr, author of The Lost History of Dreams