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The Woman Outside the Walls

By: Suzanne Goldring
Narrated by: Alison Campbell
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Summary

I always knew it would come out one day. They are finding everyone who has stayed hidden. They would have come to me in the end.

Hamburg, 1942. Seventeen-year-old Anna knows she can never tell her proud parents the truth about where she is going. She must hide the fact that she is pregnant, that the father of her unborn child is dead, and that she is on her way to a special maternity home, where her baby will be given to a perfect family. She tells herself that this is the best solution. She doesn’t expect to feel the rush of love for her beautiful baby boy in the white blanket or the devastation when he is snatched from her, never to be seen again.

Desperate to forget her grief, she sees an advert for a secretary in a prison, far away in the east. Days later, she leaves Hamburg, traveling eastward by train, feeling as if a whole new life is about to begin. It is the biggest mistake she will ever make.

London, 2016. Ninety-year-old Anna sits on the edge of her bed, hands trembling, eyes brimming with tears, as she looks at the picture of the soldier in the newspaper. Her friends and neighbors know her as a kindly old lady who bakes cakes and always has time to listen to their troubles. They don’t know about the hated green uniform she burned, the memories of the prisoners she tried to help, and the bombed and blackened city she once called home. But now the time for a reckoning has come; will revealing the truth free Anna or destroy her?

The Woman Outside the Walls will take you on an emotional journey and show you that in war, even when you are on the wrong side, you can still do the right thing....

©2022 Suzanne Goldring (P)2022 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

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Great story, really well told.

Loved this book from start to finish, kept me engaged all the way through and has made me want to do more research myself into the Hamberg and Dresden bombing.

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A bit lacklustre

I felt a frustration while l had empathy for the character living during the war and aftermath "Nazi" l found myself exasperated with the meddlesom neighbour who ate the old womans cakes ordered her some flour and sugar then proceeded to bully her into her dark past to help her son with a school project Ridiculous The aged woman was crippled with trauma PTS and OCD Then had the audacity to film her narrative Hated the bullying and manipulation

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  • 18-10-22

Love Alison Campbell!

I listen to all audiobooks narrated by Alison Campbell, regardless of genre. She’s fantastic. I read the book before it’s release, but I’m going to listen the audiobook now. This story is well written and I couldn’t pull myself away.

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