Tuesday, August 01, 2023



Minki, a young German woman and Leila a Jewish woman, are best friends in college both pursuing a degree in journalism.  When they complete their education, Minki and Leila go in opposite directions in life.   However, they do find their way back to each other through events in their lives that take place.  Minki Sommers is happily married with three precious children.  She is a loving wife and mother, and is also a successful journalist.  Her mission in life is to keep her family safe.  Minki knows that there is a risk of her daughter Clara being taken from the family because of her illness.  One night the inevitable happens, Clara is taken by the Germans and Minki must do everything she can to find her and bring her home.  Leila’s life is much different with her own struggles of trying to survive and protect her own family and being Jewish.  They endured a terrible time in history and never lost their hope of survival. 

The German Mother written by author Debbie Rix was a heart wrenching read.  This story was difficult to read which kept me from reading in one sitting.  It is beyond my understanding how people were able to survive such horrible situations, and still never give up.  This is a story that literally hits every emotion including anger, fear, and sorrow.  This heart pounding read made me hold my breath a few times until the moments passed.  This is a well written story that I recommend.



Rating: 5 out of 5.

Author:  Debbie Rix 
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: July 31, 2023 
Pages: 506 
Buy on Amazon 

1941, Germany: There’s a man in uniform outside my door. They’ve come for her. My beautiful little girl is wrenched from our home and there’s nothing I can do to stop it. But I vow to find Clara… no matter what it takes. 

Minki Sommer strokes the blonde curls away from her daughter’s face and her heart swells. Clara is the most precious thing to her and each day she whispers a promise to keep her safe…

Before the war began, Minki had everything – an attentive husband, three adorable children, and a successful career as journalist. But all that changed in an instant.

Her sweet Clara, with her blue eyes and porcelain features, started having fits. Since then, Minki hasn’t been able to sleep properly because she knows children with illnesses like Clara’s are being stolen away in the night.

Her husband’s connections high up in the Nazi Party make the situation even more dangerous. Minki tries to escape the city with her children, but finds she is unable to leave. And then the moment she’s feared arrives: her husband has betrayed her.

Minki is devastated as her darling girl is ripped from her arms. 
But she vows she will use every last breath in her body to find her missing child, no matter how dangerous it is to cross a country at war…


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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