BookBrowse Reviews My Enemy's Cradle by Sara Young (Pennypacker)

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My Enemy's Cradle

by Sara Young (Pennypacker)

My Enemy's Cradle
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  • First Published:
    Jan 2008, 384 pages
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    Oct 2008, 384 pages

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Stacey Brownlie

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Part love story and part elegy for the terrible choices we must sometimes make, set inside a WWII Lebensborn, a maternity home for girls carrying German babies

Sara Young tackles both the common and the uncommon in her first adult novel, a love story set against the backdrop of German occupied Holland during World War II. Fiction readers know that the Second World War is a subject often plumbed by novelists, as is the topic of couples forming romantic bonds and enduring separation and danger during wartime. These elements in themselves may be enough to prick the interest of readers who crave a wartime romance, but Young's tale has another element likely to set it apart from the many choices in this genre.

A Nazi program called "Lebensborn" designed to replenish the German army with the babies of girls pregnant by German soldiers is so central to this story that it almost acts as one of the main ...

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