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Publisher's Summary

In this intriguing historical novel, a young woman who is sent to a horrific “bride school” to be molded into the perfect Nazi wife finds her life forever intertwined with a young Jewish woman about to give birth.

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 twenty years her senior. 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 Mathilde 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 Tilde hiding near the school, she knows she must help her however she can. For Tilde, fear wars with desperation when Hanna proposes a risky plan. 

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

©2022 Aimie K. Runyan (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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Brilliant

This book was one of those that every chance I had I was putting my headphones in my ears. More than a recount of the histories and graphic stories of WWII, it followed more closely the lives of those 3 women within Germany. I loved every chapter, only wish there was a little more at the end, but the story was heartwarming and hopeful. The readers were great and the différenciation of the two women with different voices was helpful.

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Three Jewish Girls Against the Holocaust

A very interesting story of the girls who dealt with the grim realities of the Holocaust . Each GIRL has a different story to tell and at the end each GIRL helps the other one deal with their situation.
The author leaves a lot of subplots with no resolution and I would like to know more.

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Another Winner by Aimie K. Runyan

Just finished THE SCHOOL FOR GERMAN BRIDES. What an amazing, beautiful story! Aimee K. Runyan's writing is captivating while Cassandra Campbell and Kathleen Gati totally hook the listeners with their absolutely faultless narration.

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One of the best books I have ever listened to

How hard it must have been to live in prewar Germany just when hatred of anybody not of aryan race was so prominent. I loved the three main characters who though young adults fought the evil. The different plots were so good and scary The author and narrator top of their game. Needing a sequel please

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Engrossing

This is the third book of Aimie Runyan’s I’ve listened to on audible. Her stories from the different women’s perspectives are so engrossing, I feel like I’m almost there with them. And, the narrators chosen for each of her books have been animated but not overly so, and pleasant to listen to. Such an enjoyable book, just like her others!

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Needs different title

Good story but not sure why they titled it “School for German Brides” as very little of the story was about the actual school!

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A Gripping Story on Unsuspecting Friends

I've read dozens of stories about about World War II and the roles that women have played. These 3 young ladies young women share their journey's from youth to adulthood and the strict requirements they are expected to uphold.Fascinating, heartfelt, And so very true. Wonderfully told and performed. I would call this a do not miss read. The details of the war and the unjust manner of how everyone was treated is not graphic in design which makes this an excellent read for anyone.

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The reader is very good. The story is OK, tends to repeat it self often. The storyline was good. It just needed a bit more pizzazz to it. I was glad that there wasn't much cussing or sex scenes. That was refreshing

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Good, but …..the narration 😬

Overall good and compelling story with some unexpected twists. The author threw in a couple of political innuendos that I wish she would have done without (abortion). I also feel like the ending could have been a little better. However, I did enjoy the overall story and loved the characters / character development.

The narrator did a good job in many parts and I’m sure it was difficult to provide nuance to 3 different characters. However, the interpretation of Clara was absolutely cringey in some parts. I also didn’t really get Tilda’s voice. I think I would have enjoyed the book more if I would have read it in paper copy. However, overall I don’t regret my purchase and it helped time pass quickly on my road trip.

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Bland and disappointing

The story was just lacking any substance I'm struggling to even describe how mediocre the story was Expected the narration to be better

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