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The German Heiress For Readers Of The Alice Network And The Lost Girls Of Paris, An Immersive, Heart Pounding Debut About A German Heiress On The Run In Post World War II GermanyClara Falkenberg, Once Germany S Most Eligible And Lauded Heiress, Earned The Nickname The Iron Fr Ulein 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, ElisaNarrowly 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 WarPropulsive, 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

10 thoughts on “The German Heiress

  1. says:

    An effective, highly suspenseful post WWII saga Clara Falkenberg, once an heiress to the Falkenberg Iron Works has been living under an assumed name since the end of the war She earned a tough reputation while at the helm of the Iron works, but whenever possible, Clara snuck extra rations to workers who were brought in from Russia and Poland to work for them But eventually she fled Essen fearing retaliation from the Nazis However, Clara hasn t heard from her best friend, Elisa, and her teenag An effective, highly suspenseful post WWII saga Clara Falkenberg, once an heiress to the Falkenberg Iron Works has been living under an assumed name since the end of the war She earned a tough reputation while at the helm of the Iron works, but whenever possible, Clara snuck extra rations to workers who were brought in from Russia and Poland to work for them But eventually she fled Essen fearing retaliation from the Nazis However, Clara hasn t heard from her best friend, Elisa, and her teenage son, Willy, and fears the worst Traveling with fake credentials, Clara attempts a return to Essen to look for them However, before she reaches her destination, she is detained by Thomas Renshaw, a British Captain who suspects her of having committed war crimes Clara makes a brave, dangerous, and desperate escape from him and continues her quest to find her friend She soon meets a black marketeer named Jakob Relling, who agrees to help her find Elisa Jakob guesses early on who Clara really is, but he is also holding back some startling information about Clara s friend Meanwhile, Renshaw catches up to Jakob, tempting him to betray Clara in exchange for much need supplies and food for his family What choice will he make and what will be the consequences of his decision Where is Elisa What happened to her son This is a thought provoking novel, very absorbing and with stark, realistic and vivid depictions of post war Germany The story probes the after effects of war, the toll it takes once the impact of the damage sinks in on the ordinary citizens who must grapple with the ravages left behind, and the soul searing personal reckonings of deeds they had no control over and those they did The age old questions of complicity, of good versus evil, and justification or rationalization for what one does to survive during war, and the guilt that rides shotgun, are probed, as the characters face their own personal demons, looking to find peace, and a way forward While Clara is our main protagonist, I think Jakob is the character that truly stands out There are some very surprising twists and revelations along the way and plenty of moral dilemmas to sort through There is sadness and disappointment, but there is also a light at the end that gives one hope, despite all the evil and human frailty that will haunt these characters forever This is a compelling read and touches upon topics not often examined in books set in this era of time I was surprised by how quickly the story grabbed me and by how much time had passed before I finally looked up from the book, realizing I had nearly finished it in one sitting While there is a mystery, much of the book is about drawing attention to the complexities of the war, exposing the grey areas, the denial, and the moral reckoning of the characters The plot isn t all the deep, but there are some extremely taut moments of suspense and intrigue and will give readers plenty of food for thought Overall, this book appears to be well researched and offers a lighter, but interesting and different angle of the second world war to explore 4 stars

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    Clara hides in post WWII Germany under a different name until someone recognizes her and unveils her true identity Is that all she is Her whole life comes down to the years during the war when she made poor choices The focus of this novel illuminates morality through the eyes of a female war criminal Clara s circumstances put the reader in tight spot, and it is hard to trust her sometimes As soon as I leaned one way, the next chapter would sway my feelings towards the opposite direction I Clara hides in post WWII Germany under a different name until someone recognizes her and unveils her true identity Is that all she is Her whole life comes down to the years during the war when she made poor choices The focus of this novel illuminates morality through the eyes of a female war criminal Clara s circumstances put the reader in tight spot, and it is hard to trust her sometimes As soon as I leaned one way, the next chapter would sway my feelings towards the opposite direction I wanted hope, but I wanted justice Other characters thrown into the mix went well with the progress and principles of the story One character particularly, who I don t want to say because it would spoil it, had a really sad story regarding the influence that the war had on him even after it is over Secrets, betrayal, and deception are buried deep within Clara s family Expect a twist or two Chapters are told in third person While there are small flashbacks here and there, the bulk of the novel takes place after the war in 1946 There is one brief animal abuse scene near the beginning of the story.Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy Opinions are my own

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    Anika Scott writes a post WW2 piece of intriguing historical fiction from the unusual perspective of the defeated and humiliated Germans, now living under Allied occupation of the victorious forces Germany is a ruined and devastated nation, with ordinary people facing poverty and starvation, whilst having to come to terms with their part in and complicity with the horrors and terrors of their recent past The allied forces are looking for war criminals to arrest, and a British Captain Fenshaw i Anika Scott writes a post WW2 piece of intriguing historical fiction from the unusual perspective of the defeated and humiliated Germans, now living under Allied occupation of the victorious forces Germany is a ruined and devastated nation, with ordinary people facing poverty and starvation, whilst having to come to terms with their part in and complicity with the horrors and terrors of their recent past The allied forces are looking for war criminals to arrest, and a British Captain Fenshaw is seeking justice in his hunt for Clara Falkenberg for war crimes She is the German heiress, the Iron Maiden, the only daughter of a wealthy, privileged and corrupt Nazi supporting family that owned and ran factories that were supplied with slave labour by the Nazi regime with whom they were well connected Clara was a celebrated figure for the fascists and served as propaganda for the Nazi Regime.It is 1946, and Clara is now living a very different life in hiding, having assumed another identity in her efforts to escape being caught In her eyes she tried to do all that she could to help the horrendously treated slave workforce but is this true She heads for her home industrial city of Essen, wanting to find and see what happened to her best friend, Elisa, and her son, Willy, who turn out to have unexpected connections to her family and its past Willy is suffering from severe mental health issues, unaware that the war has been lost, still guarding a mine with its Wehrmacht supplies, unwilling and unable to relinquish his post Jakob Relling is a former soldier who lost his leg in the war, now a black marketeer, trying to do the best he can to provide for his family Scott writes a well researched atmospheric story of survival, family, secrets, complicity, guilt, conscience, love and redemption She captures the hard and turbulent post war times, providing us with complex characters in this fascinating and insightful period of history This is an intense, dark and twisted historical read that skilfully portrays the often common experiences, horrors and dilemmas of being on the losing side in a war for ordinary people Many thanks to Random House Cornerstone for an ARC

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    I had some mixed feelings here with The German Heiress The story started off slow for me and I felt like I was missing something here with Clara s characters I struggled with finding her convincing and the overall plot of the story Once I stop trying to find her convincing or compelling and just go with the story, I started to enjoy the story I found it to beof a thriller than historical fiction The story takes place post WWII and the perspective is unique here During World War II, C I had some mixed feelings here with The German Heiress The story started off slow for me and I felt like I was missing something here with Clara s characters I struggled with finding her convincing and the overall plot of the story Once I stop trying to find her convincing or compelling and just go with the story, I started to enjoy the story I found it to beof a thriller than historical fiction The story takes place post WWII and the perspective is unique here During World War II, Clara took on the role of operating her family s ironworks empire Now she is on the run from a British officer who s is determined to make her answer for war crimes committed while she ran the company This is where things became a bit foggy for me I didn t pick up on any connection emotionally to Clara that I thought I should of, instead I just found it all entertaining I enjoyed the chase and the twists that came along the way and the dynamics between Clara and Jakob, who she meets while trying to find her best friend and her son I found myself rooting for Clara but feeling I should be wanting justice instead For me it lacked any depth for me to get the feeling for her motivation or any themes I felt I should have picked up on Or maybe I just missed the boat here with this one Things wrap up a little too easy, however it all work for me I enjoyed the lighter,entertaining feel to the story and right now I appreciated that I highly recommend for readers who enjoy historical fiction but are looking for something a littleentertaining then substantial right now Traveling Sister Read I received a copy on EW

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    Clara Falkenberg was nicknamed the Iron Fraulein during World War II because she operated her parents large iron business An heiress before war, she is now potentially in ruin with interrogators at her door.Clara flees in hopes of finding her friend, Elisa, and quickly sees her home city in ruins As she searches for Elisa, she meets Jakob, who works on the black market and is also seeking Elisa All the while, the officer is still looking for Clara to make her answer his questions about pote Clara Falkenberg was nicknamed the Iron Fraulein during World War II because she operated her parents large iron business An heiress before war, she is now potentially in ruin with interrogators at her door.Clara flees in hopes of finding her friend, Elisa, and quickly sees her home city in ruins As she searches for Elisa, she meets Jakob, who works on the black market and is also seeking Elisa All the while, the officer is still looking for Clara to make her answer his questions about potential war crimes.While this is definitely historical fiction, there s great tension and suspense throughout Where is Elisa What did Clara do It s a thoughtful story of the Germans who were caught in between acting ethically and morally and perhaps their own survival It s dark at times and twisty I enjoyed the relationship Clara had with Jakob.Overall, The German Heiress made my mind spin, and I appreciated that It was a captivating read.I received a gifted copy All opinions are my own.Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram www.instagram.com tarheelreader

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    Clara Falkenberg, was once Germany s most eligible and richest heiress and during World War II she took over operating her family s iron works empire It s been nearly two years since the war ended Clara has been in hiding using a false name and she now calls herself Margarete Muller Post war Germany was a mess, it was easy for Clara to get false documents and change her name Like everyone living in Germany she had lost weight, her clothes were worn, she stopped coloring her hair blond and sh Clara Falkenberg, was once Germany s most eligible and richest heiress and during World War II she took over operating her family s iron works empire It s been nearly two years since the war ended Clara has been in hiding using a false name and she now calls herself Margarete Muller Post war Germany was a mess, it was easy for Clara to get false documents and change her name Like everyone living in Germany she had lost weight, her clothes were worn, she stopped coloring her hair blond and she no longer resembled the rich young women she once was She decides to return home to Essen, to find her best friend Elisa, she s also curious to know if the family mansion is still standing and what happened to her mother Anne She has no idea she s been under investigation herself for committing possible war crimes by Captain Thomas Fenshaw, he knows about her fake identity, her father has been arrested awaiting trial and the determined English officer wants to apprehend her as well Clara manages to escape from Thomas Fenshaw, she continues on her journey to Essen and on the way she encounters Jakob Relling He s a handsome ex German soldier who lost a leg fighting the Russians, and he s now working on the black market and is also searching for Elisa Clara and Jakob decide to join forces and try to find Elisa and also what happened to Elisa young son Willy Clara was rather na ve, when she took over running her father s factory she tried to help the starving people being forced to work and when she fled she had no idea what happened to them after she left Was she a war criminal or a gullible young woman left to run her family s business due to deception, lies, betrayal, and infidelity that she knew nothing about and had been hidden from her I enjoyed reading The German Heiress it s an interesting story, it looks at WW II from the German point of view, and it s full of twist, turns and many surprises Thanks to Edelweiss for my digital copy, I gave the book five stars, I have shared my review on Edelweiss, Goodreads, Twitter, Australianand my blog

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    Favorite Quotes What a slippery thing conscience could be It had driven her in two directions To her father, with all the duties of family and work And then she had been driven to help the workers, an act that put everything else at risk One side of her conscience undermining the other And still she had listened to both She had thought she could do justice to both.In Jakob s experience, you had to watch the Tommies when they were being too nice You never knew when they d turn on you, remi Favorite Quotes What a slippery thing conscience could be It had driven her in two directions To her father, with all the duties of family and work And then she had been driven to help the workers, an act that put everything else at risk One side of her conscience undermining the other And still she had listened to both She had thought she could do justice to both.In Jakob s experience, you had to watch the Tommies when they were being too nice You never knew when they d turn on you, remind you of what a Nazi you d been, regardless of the truth The Tommies would call you a lowly foreigner in your own country My Review She was called The Iron Fr ulein, Clara Falkenberg was a curiously captivating and intriguing study of contrasts Her mother was British yet appeared farfanatic about the Nazi agenda than her opportunistic German father Clara was the only daughter and the publicity darling for her wealthy family s ironworks business, which made severalfortunes during the war using forced labor Clara was also the former Reich s most eligible heiress and graced magazines on both sides of the ocean However, in post war Germany, her notoriety worked against her.This was my introduction to the powerful and emotive word voodoo of Anika Scott and wow, does this gal have some major skills The storylines were smartly crafted and absorbing, intricate, well scaffolded, intriguing, thoughtfully observant, and heart squeezing while cast with a peculiar assortment of broken, flawed, complex, and often unlikable yet deeply compelling characters I felt conflicted yet totally engaged from start to finish And all this in a debut novel the little pea in my brain just exploded

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    4 made me think starsThis one is set in post WWII Germany and follows Clara Falkenberg She s from a prominent family that ran an iron business before and during the war Once her father is off at war, Clara is the one who takes the helm I say that this one made me think because Clara s motives and thoughts feel a bit muddled It made me think, what would I do in her place Would I step into my father s shoes and just carry on the business or would I question the humanity of what is happening N 4 made me think starsThis one is set in post WWII Germany and follows Clara Falkenberg She s from a prominent family that ran an iron business before and during the war Once her father is off at war, Clara is the one who takes the helm I say that this one made me think because Clara s motives and thoughts feel a bit muddled It made me think, what would I do in her place Would I step into my father s shoes and just carry on the business or would I question the humanity of what is happening Now that the war is over, Clara is living under an assumed name and on the run from Allied soldiers that are hunting war criminals She finally decides to make her way back to her hometown in the hopes of reuniting with her best friend and starting over She meets a few interesting characters along the way, including Jakob, a black market expert They make a bit of an odd couple, but I found myself rooting for them.This one had the thrill of the chase and at times I rooted for Clara and then I remembered that she had likely done terrible things so she should be caught Again, it made me think And realize that it is not always black and white in the world Should there be justice or does Clara deserve a second chance You won t know until the very end of this one, but it was worth it Thank you to NetGalley, Anika Scott, and Harper Collins Morrow for an early copy of this one to read in return for a review You won t have to wait long, it releases 4.7.2020

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    I won an ARC through Goodreads, and I could not have beenecstatic I ve always been obsessed with World War II historical fiction This one had a German view.This had all of my emotions in overdrive I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and couldn t wait until I could get back to reading it.

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    If you are looking for a pro nazi book you might enjoy this thrillerthan I did Clara ran an ironworks factory in Essen during the war Her father has been accused of being a war criminal and now the British are trying to capture her too Knowing that the British are after her, inexplicably she decides to return to her home town, where they are sure to look She wants to find her friend Elisa and Elisa s 15 year old son Willy In Essen she encounters Jakob, a former German soldier Willy w If you are looking for a pro nazi book you might enjoy this thrillerthan I did Clara ran an ironworks factory in Essen during the war Her father has been accused of being a war criminal and now the British are trying to capture her too Knowing that the British are after her, inexplicably she decides to return to her home town, where they are sure to look She wants to find her friend Elisa and Elisa s 15 year old son Willy In Essen she encounters Jakob, a former German soldier Willy was an unbalanced child and Jakob wasn t too awful, so I didn t loathe them, but everyone one else in the book was reprehensible Hypocritically, they kept accusing each other of wrongdoing Clara, in particular, had an unjustifiable superior attitude I am just not interested in feeling sorry for nazis, and these weren t even repentant After being confronted with the consequences of her actions, Clara spent about 10 seconds on remorse and then returned to her self justifications I spent the whole book wanting the British to capture Clara and then at the horrible ending view spoiler the British let her go hide spoiler That definitely deducted a star from my rating I am not the right audience for this book This isn t historical fiction in which you learn something It slike propaganda I received a free copy of this book from the publisher

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