The Woman Outside the Walls

Suzanne Goldring

‘Heartbreaking…Tear-jerking…Unputodowable book and really touching… Five stars!’ Tropical Girl Reads Books, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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, travelling eastwards 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 neighbours 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?

A gripping read that will break your heart and have you hooked, perfect for fans of The Alice Network, The Nightingale and My Name is Eva. 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…

What everyone is saying about The Woman Outside the Walls:

‘Absolutely gripping storyline that I could not put down… a story which is so descriptive you feel you are there… Brilliantly written and an emotional storyline… Highly recommend this book’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Woman Outside the Walls is a well-crafted novel that tells the story of a woman with multiple identities and one major story to tell… The author does a great job at making the story personal no matter what part of her story you are reading.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘Any fan of historical fiction, or of a ripping good read will be beguiled by this book.’ Netgalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘A compelling storyline with a really evocative and thought-provoking manner about it, I spent the whole of this book questioning what I would do and then questioning myself again. The characters really added an extra something special to the book.’ Netgalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

‘I really enjoyed this… a page turner of a read… An emotive story very well told and one to perhaps make the younger generation think for a while.’ Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A spellbinding compelling read.’ Goodreads reviewer

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