Saturday, January 15, 2022



Germany, 1939 Annaliese is stuck in an unhappy marriage and her husband Hans, is a doctor and his new job is at Dachau. She is very fearful of Hans because she doesn’t like the man he has become. Then Russian prisoner, Alexander is sent from Dachau to work in Hans and Annaliese’s garden. Annaliese finds solace in gardening with Alexander, and as they spend time in the gardens together he begins to tell her what is really going on at Dachau and what Hans is actually doing there. She is horrified by what she is told and vows to do all that she can to save him. Then in America, it’s 1989 and Annaliese is reading a newspaper and is completely surprised when she sees the face of a man she thought she would never see again. Once again Annaliese is consumed with fear of wartime memories from the past and she realizes her past is catching up with her. She must confront her past secrets or risk losing her son. 

I absolutely loved this time-slip novel, the wonderful blend of the past with the present was written perfectly. I always love when the storyline is inspired by true events, it sends the story to a whole other level. I was totally drawn into this story from the very first page through to the very last. It was amazing and I look forward to reading more from this author.

Thank you Debbie Rix for such a wonderful past meets present novel. I loved this wonderfully well written and well researched story, and I highly recommend it.



Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Debbie Rix 
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: January 13, 2022 
Pages: 421 
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Germany, 1939: Annaliese is trapped in a loveless marriage. Her husband Hans has become cold and secretive since starting a new job as a doctor at Dachau. Every morning she watches from her kitchen window as he leaves in his car. The sight of him in the dark uniform of the SS sends shivers of fear down her spine and she longs to escape…

When a tall, handsome Russian prisoner named Alexander is sent from Dachau to work in their garden, lonely Annaliese finds herself drawn to him as they tend to the plants together. In snatched moments and broken whispers, Alexander tells her the shocking truth about the camp. Horrified, Annaliese vows to do everything she can to save him.

But as they grow closer, their feelings for each other put their lives at risk. And Annaliese finds herself in grave danger when she dares to fight for love and freedom…

America, 1989: Turning the pages of the newspaper, Annaliese gasps when she recognizes the face of a man she thought she’d never see again. It makes her heart skip a beat as a rush of wartime memories come flooding back to her. As she reads on, she realizes the past is catching up with her. And she must confront a decades-old secret – or risk losing her only son…


Debbie Rix has had a long career in journalism, including working as a presenter for the BBC. Her first novel, The Girl with Emerald Eyes was set around the building of the tower of Pisa and she has since released Daughters of the Silk Road and The Silk Weaver’s Wife. Debbie writes heartbreaking historical novels about love, tragedy and secrets.

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