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This is a story of courage and hope during some very dark times. If you like historical fiction you will like this book. Thank you to net galley for an advanced readers copy.

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Marion Kummerow has always been good at writing stories that tug at your heart yet give you hope. The Berlin Wife’s Vow is no different. Edith’s love for Julius has been so clear from the start of this series, and this final book makes for a good conclusion. These are the stories that make you hope and believe in people because even as they also show us some of the darkest parts of history.

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The Berlin Wife Vow is the fourth and final book of the German Wives serious. Although I felt this book didn’t have a lot of nail-biting drama, like the previous books, I did feel that it concluded the series well. It continues to show the hardship Jews, their spouse and families of inter marriages continued to experience through the time of WW2 and the hope, bravery and courage they needed to have to survive. It also touches on the ordinary German people and soldiers that finally rise up against Hitler. Marion Kummerow well written series is highly recommended.

I would like to thank Bookouture, NetGalley and the author for the opportunity to read this complimentary copy for an honest review. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own
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THE BERLIN WIFE’S VOW is the fourth novel in the German Wives series by MARION KUMMEROW. Having read all four novels I suggest you read them in sequence to get an idea of what the Jews, half Jews, gentile wives of Jews and anyone who didn’t fit in with the Nazi’s Aryan ideal, went through during WW11. Having said this, each novel can stand alone.
The story starts in 1943 with David Goldman, who has joined the resistance, seeking out his gypsy girlfriend Roxi who has gone missing from the attic where he was sheltering her in the house shared by his family and the Falkensteins. These two families have been through a great deal together and have become very close, especially Helga and Edith who are gentiles with Jewish husbands.
Things have become even worse in Berlin and we come across Germans, including Edith’s brother Knut, who is part of the resistance movement in the Abwehr, willing to sacrifice themselves as part of Operation Valkyrie. We come across Jewish collabotators as well. …….
Then come the Russians and the end of the war……
I am not going to tell you any more for fear of spoiling things for you.
I was given a free copy of the book by NetGalley from Bookouture. The opinions in this review are completely my own.

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I absolutely loved this so much that I never wanted it to end… addictive from start to finish and I didn't want to put it down. It is the most unique story I have ever read… I loved every minute of it!

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“The Berlin Wife’s Vow” is the final book in the “German Wives” series by Marion Kummerow. I would strongly recommend that before reading this book, the reader, at minimum, pick up the previous book (“The Berlin Wife’s Resistance”) or, if you want to know all of the background, read the three previous books. This book covers the last few years of WWII in Germany, but from the viewpoint of two Aryan women (Edith and Helga) married to Jewish men. This book focuses mainly on “the next generation” meaning the children (and some fringe characters) and how they try to fight the Nazis and/or survive as the war moves toward its conclusion. Out of all the books in this series, this wasn’t my favorite because I really wanted to spend more time reading about Edith and Helga. The people who were deemed “bad” in the previous books get their comeuppance, though some of the other fringe characters had their storylines fleshed out more. Overall, while this book wasn’t my favorite, it does provide a good and solid ending to the series, so I’d recommend it. 3.5 stars rounded up to 4.

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