Wednesday, 29 January 2014


I'm about to commence reading this novel that I won in a Goodreads promotion.  It's based on facts and sounds intriguing.  I will let you know what I think of it.

Here's the blurb:

'May I have this dance, Hilde?' asked Field Marshal Rommel, opening the Grande Ball held in his honour.
Did this dance save the life of Hilde's Polish friends?
Hilde had come a long way since her dream of becoming a singer was shattered when her father made arrangements for her to work as a housekeeper in Berlin at the tender age of fourteen.
Until then, although poor, Hilde led a happy and protected life with her family on their small-holding in East Prussia.
Hilde's life is thrown into turmoil in Berlin during the late 1920's, early 1930's. Having Polish friends meant it was becoming increasingly unsafe for her to stay there and she finds a new life in the Harz Mountains. This taking her still further away from her home and her beloved younger sister, Erika.
In Goslar, Hilde meets her husband, Karl, a young officer in the German Army.
When he joins the 7th Panzer Brigade led by General Erwin Rommel at the beginning of WW II, Hilde is left to bring up their children in war-torn Germany.
After Rommel's promotion to Field Marshal, Karl follows him to Africa, later Italy and ultimately Karl is posted to the Russian front. Hilde's story is based on facts and is told by her youngest daughter, Elisabeth.

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