Happy Publication Day to Daugther of the Reich!
Growing up in a Nazi household with a father holding a high rank in the SS, Hetty Heinrich learns the importance of patriotism even as she sees prejudice and discrimination all around her. A dutiful citizen and daughter, Hetty dreams of fulfilling her role in the success of the new German state under Hitler.
Her beliefs are challenged, however, when, as a teenager, she becomes reacquainted with Walter Keller, a childhood friend whose Jewish family has lost everything under the country’s anti-Semitic laws. Despite the danger, Hetty and Walter embark on a love affair that becomes more and more difficult as persecution against Jews and their allies increases.
Anyone—from a friend to classmate to house staff—could be a potential informant—and discovery could lead to jail or concentration camps for them both. As their love blossoms, the noose of suspicion tightens, and they must decide how much to sacrifice to keep their secret hidden and each other safe from authorities.
Daughter of the Reich by Louise Fein book had a slow start for me, and at times I was frustrated with Hetty. Though she was characterized as intelligent, she had little intuition about people’s motives or intentions, and her vacillation between positions, while understandable, did not always make for good reading. At times, I also found her overly sentimental and often misguided.
I did think it was interesting to see the expectations placed on Nazi children, especially girls, and observe how Hetty changed over time. Fein had a challenge which she successfully met in making Hetty, an Aryan youth enthralled with Hitler, become a sympathetic character. Some of the secondary characters too were very fascinating, if not likable. Towards the end of the book, the plot really picked up, though things might have moved too quickly at the end with several loose ends packed into the epilogue.
Historical fiction fans, particularly those who enjoy romance, will want to read this book.
𝘛𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘬𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘕𝘦𝘵𝘎𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘦𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘞𝘪𝘭𝘭𝘪𝘢𝘮 𝘔𝘰𝘳𝘳𝘰𝘸 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯 𝘢𝘥𝘷𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘤𝘰𝘱𝘺 𝘪𝘯 𝘦𝘹𝘤𝘩𝘢𝘯𝘨𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘢𝘯 𝘩𝘰𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘵 𝘳𝘦𝘷𝘪𝘦𝘸.