Wednesday, January 24, 2024



Annaliese could barely speak as her face is soaked with her tears.  She is heartbroken after the Nazi’s have taken her child.  She makes it her mission in life to find her baby.  No matter what the cost, no matter how long, she will one day find her beautiful baby. Thirty-five years later Evie, a lawyer in Berlin, is investigating the stories of the children that were separated from their mothers during the war.  She soon meets Sebastian, and he desperately needs her help.  As she spends endless days and nights to find out anything she can about his case, she soon realizes that the face in the photo is oddly familiar to her.  

The German Child written by Catherine Hokin is an inspiring and phenomenal story.  This story literally broke my heart.  This is a dual time line novel, and let me just say that Hokin pulls you into the reality of 1944 in Berlin.  Then, she immediately propels you into present day.  This was an unputdownable book for me, even though it was a tough topic to read.  I was drawn into the story at the flip of the first page and I went through an entire box of Kleenex by the time I arrived at the last page.  I felt inspired by the story and the people in the book gave me hope.  I was cheering them on and I knew that the truth would prevail.  This masterpiece of a story is one that I highly recommend.


Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Catherine Hokin
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: January 24, 2024 
Pages: 376

Berlin, 1944. ‘No! Not my child!’ Annaliese screams, her voice breaking as she pounds the window uselessly. But no-one looks up as the man in the SS uniform cradles her precious baby and strides away…

She lies unmoving on the threadbare cot, her throat hoarse from long hours of screaming but her tears keep falling. Her heart has been cleaved in two, now the Nazis have taken the only thing she has left – her child. She is utterly powerless against them. But as Annaliese cries herself to sleep, she makes a vow - 
she will find her precious baby again. Whatever it takes.

Berlin, 1979. Lawyer Evie has come to the city to investigate the horrifying stories of infants torn from their mothers during the war. One of the cases is Sebastian, whose yellowing birth certificate tells a heartbreaking tale. Evie is drawn to this lost man, and vows to do all that she can to help him.

But poring through old records, it is Evie who recognizes the faded photo in a newspaper article. Her heart stops as she realizes 
her whole life has been a devastating lie – and that her and Sebastian’s pasts are impossibly, unimaginably connected…


I seem to have followed a rather meandering career, including marketing and teaching and politics (don't try and join the dots), to get where I have always wanted to be, which is writing historical fiction. I am a story lover as well as a story writer and nothing fascinates me more than a strong female protagonist and a quest. Hopefully those are what you will encounter when you pick up my books.

I am from the North of England but now live very happily in Glasgow with my American husband. Both my children have left home (one to London and one to Berlin) which may explain why I am finally writing. If I'm not at my desk you'll most probably find me in the cinema, or just follow the sound of very loud music.

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