Friday, June 17, 2022



Vienna 1940: The war rages on across Europe and has taken its toll on so many people.  Hannah Stern is a nurse at a psychiatric hospital in Vienna. She believes working there will keep her safe and out of danger.  Her estranged brother had helped her get the job in exchange that she will take his son Willi with her to keep him safe.  Hannah believes that the hospital is a safe place for people to get some much needed rest and healing.  But Hannah soon discovers that the hospital is not what it appears to be.  Many children are being taken away and moved somewhere else.  Hannah must risk everything to help those that need her the most.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the courageous people that would risk everything to survive and help everyone they possibly can in the process.  Though this was a tough story to read, it was well worth it.  World Wars are always a dark time in history but there are so many stories that need to be told and remembered.  Stories of bravery, courage and compassion.  Author Kate Hewitt does an amazing job of telling those stories.  This heartbreaking story is one that grabs you emotionally and connects you with the characters in a way you never expected.  This heart wrenching and thought provoking story is one that is a must read for every historical fiction fan.  I absolutely loved it and I highly recommend it.

Thank you Kate Hewitt for such a wonderfully written story. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I highly recommend it.


Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Kate Hewitt
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: June 16, 2022 
Pages: 389 
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Nazi-occupied Vienna, 1940: A young nurse finds herself with the chance to save innocent children. An unmissable and heartbreaking story—based on devastating real events—about tragedy, hope and courage in the face of impossible odds.

“These children, who the Nazis don’t even see as human, these children are innocent. And, Hannah, if you have the chance to save even one of them, you know what you have to do. Even if it puts your own life at risk.”

As bombs fall over Europe, 
Hannah Stern is a twenty-seven-year-old nurse, who is just trying to survive. When she takes a position at Vienna’s esteemed psychiatric hospital, Am Steinhof, she thinks it will take her away from the danger.

Her estranged half-brother has arranged the job for her on the condition that she must take his son, 
 there too. He insists it’s a place where Willi will be safe. And Hannah soon forms a close bond with the sweet, fragile child in her care.

At first the hospital seems like a safe haven—a beautiful, airy, spacious place of healing and recovery. But the hospital is a place of secrets. And they are darker than Hannah could ever have imagined. Children, ones just like Willi, are disappearing—not to be healed as promised, but taken somewhere else. Somewhere terrible.

And when Willi’s own life comes under threat—in spite of her half-brother’s position of power in the Nazi military—Hannah must overcome her own fears and act. Then she discovers one of the other nurses is also trying to help patients escape, and Hannah becomes determined to help in any way she can.

But she is only one person up against the enemy. And to save even just one life from the grip of the Nazis, she must risk her own…


Kate Hewitt is the bestselling author of many novels of women’s fiction, including the Hartley-by-the-Sea series set in the Lake District, the Willoughby Close series set in the Cotswolds, and Tales From Goswell written as Katharine Swartz. Her novel A Mother’s Goodbye has been called ‘unputdownable’ and ‘the most emotional book I have ever read’ by readers. Her latest novel, Not My Daughter, is out now, and No Time to Say Goodbye is available for preorder.

She lives in a small market town in Wales with her husband and five young(ish) children, along with their two Golden Retrievers. Join her newsletter for monthly updates and giveaways on her website, or be part of her Facebook groups Kate’s Reads.

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