Wednesday, June 01, 2022



Auschwitz 1943: Ana Kaminski and Ester Pasternak are working for the resistance trying to help as many people as possible while World War II rages on.  They are very close friends, and have come to rely on each other.  They are captured by the SS and immediately taken to Auschwitz.  Upon their arrival, Ana notifies them that she is a midwife and Ester is her assistant. Their arms are immediately tattooed and they are ordered to the maternity hut.  Ana is a Catholic midwife and her friend Ester is Jewish.  Ana and Ester quickly discover what is really going on and what the SS is doing.  As soon as a baby is born they snatch the baby from the mother.  The guards are taking the healthy babies and placing them with German families.  So, Ana and Ester begin to secretly tattoo the mother’s numbers on the baby's thighs in the hopes that one day the baby would be reunited with their mother.  Ana and Ester are the only hope the babies and their mothers have.  

The endurance, strength and hope that people had during one of the darkest times in history is amazing to me.  This was based on a true story and was conveyed with such emotion.  The story is very much heart heavy and yet filled with so much hope and inspiration.  The author does a phenomenal job of describing the people and the horrible conditions that they had to endure, without taking you over the edge.  I was very moved, and inspired by this heartbreaking story.  This is one that will remain in my heart for a while. I loved this book and I highly recommend it.

Thank you Anna Stuart for such a wonderful and inspiring story.  I absolutely loved it.  I highly recommend this book.


Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Anna Stuart
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: May 31, 2022
Pages: 375 
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Auschwitz, 1943: As I held the tiny baby in my arms, my fingers traced the black tattoo etched across her little thigh. And I prayed that one day this set of numbers, identical to her mother’s, would have the power to reunite a family torn apart by war…

Inspired by an incredible true story, this poignant novel tells of one woman’s fight for love, life and hope during a time of unimaginable darkness.

Ana Kaminski is pushed through the iron gates of Auschwitz beside her frightened young friend Ester Pasternak. As they reach the front of the line, Ana steps forward and quietly declares herself a midwife – and Ester her assistant. Their arms are tattooed and they’re ordered to the maternity hut. Holding an innocent new-born baby, Ana knows the fate of so many are in her hands, and vows to do everything she can to save them.

When two guards in their chilling SS uniforms march in and snatch a blond-haired baby from its mother it’s almost too much for Ana to bear. Consoling the distraught woman, Ana realises amidst the terrible heartache there is a glimmer of hope. The guards are taking the healthiest babies and placing them with German families, so they will survive. And there are whispers the war is nearly over… Ana and Ester begin to secretly tattoo little ones with their mother’s numbers, praying one day they might be reunited.

Then, early one morning, Ana notices the small bump under Ester’s thin striped clothing…


Anna Stuart lives in Derbyshire with her campervan-mad husband, two hungry teenagers and a slightly loopy dog. She was hooked on books from the moment she first opened one in her cot so is thrilled to now have several of her own to her name. Having studied English literature at Cambridge university, she took an enjoyable temporary trip into the ‘real world’ as a factory planner, before returning to her first love and becoming an author. History has also always fascinated her. Living in an old house with a stone fireplace, she often wonders who sat around it before her and is intrigued by how actively the past is woven into the present, something she likes to explore in her novels. Anna loves the way that writing lets her ‘try on’ so many different lives, but her favourite part of the job is undoubtedly hearing from readers.

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