Saturday, August 18, 2012

My Enemy's Cradle by Sara Young

Cyrla's neighbors have begun to whisper. Her cousin, Anneke, is pregnant and has passed the rigorous exams for admission to the Lebensborn, a maternity home for girls carrying German babies. But Anneke's soldier has disappeared, and Lebensborn babies are only ever released to their father's custody-- or taken away.

A note is left under the mat. Someone knows that Cyrla, sent from Poland years before for safekeeping with her Dutch relatives, is Jewish. The Nazis are imposing more and more restrictions; she won't be safe there for long.

And then in the space of an afternoon, life falls apart. Cyrla must choose between certain discovery in her cousin's home and taking Anneke's place in the Lebensborn--Cyrla and Anneke are nearly identical. If she takes refuge in the enemy's lair, can Cyrla fool the doctors, nurses, guards, and other mothers-to-be? Can she escape before they discover she is not who she claims?

I had heard about the Lebensborn program before and so when I saw what this book was about I knew I had to read it.  It is a part of the Nazi program for world domination that is not much talked about.  This book was eye-opening and very fascinating.  While I thought some of the characters did not ring quite true, the plot more than made up for it.  I pretty much devoured the book.

4 stars (Rated R – there are just a couple sex scenes that, while not crude, are very steamy)

1 comment:

  1. Whew. High praise indeed...and you learned something. What a perk. This is now on my TBR list