Saturday, September 16, 2023



Berlin, 1945: Ester Pasternak barely survived Auschwitz and as she walks out of the gates she has only one mission.  She gave birth to a baby girl while she was imprisoned in Auschwitz.  Her daughter was immediately taken from her and given to a German family and now Ester must find her beloved daughter.  She isn’t the only one searching for her loved one.  Many Jewish families separated from each other during the war are now frantically searching for each other.  As the years pass by, Ester wonders if she will ever find her daughter Pippa.  Germany is still divided the East from the West and the wall of division is broken down, Ester has a new hope of finding her daughter.

The Midwife of Berlin written by author Anna Stuart was a heartbreaking story of perseverance.  It’s about endurance and never giving up on finding family.  The courage that these people had and their determination to survive no matter what their odds always amazes me.  I absolutely love the research that author Anna Stuart pours into her novels.  I always, always learn something new from her stories.  This unputdownable read is an absolute must read for all historical fiction fans.


Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Anna Stuart
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: September 13, 2023
Pages: 425 
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Auschwitz, 1943: I stroke my beautiful baby’s hair. It’s a miracle it’s blonde because it will keep her alive, it will keep her safe. Soon they will come and take Pippa out of Auschwitz-Birkenau – and out of my arms. But while there’s life, there’s hope I might find my daughter again…

An incredible story of one woman’s courage and determination to reunite her family in the aftermath of surviving Auschwitz.

1945, Berlin: Ester Pasternak walked out of the gates of Auschwitz barely alive. She survived against devastating odds, but her heartbreaking journey is only just beginning. In the camp, Ester gave birth to a tiny fair-haired infant, only for her precious baby to be snatched from her and taken to a German family. Now the war is over, Ester longs to find her little girl.

But Europe is in chaos, Jewish families have been torn apart and everyone is desperately searching for their loved ones. In every orphanage and hospital she visits, Ester searches the faces of tear-stained toddlers; each mop of blonde hair and pair of blue eyes she sees sets her heart racing…

But as the months and the years tick by, the possibility of finding her daughter shrinks smaller and smaller. And Ester starts to wonder if little Pippa is even safe, or whether the miracle that saved her has now put her in even more danger?

Will Ester ever be able to find the child whose tattoo matches her own? Or is she already too late…


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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