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Among The Nazi Wives

Black Roses - Jane Thynne

Set in Berlin just after the Nazis have seized power, Black Roses is the story of Clara Vine, the daughter of a prominent pro-German MP who goes to Berlin in the hope of getting a part in a film at the famous Ufa production company.

Almost as soon as she arrives she finds herself drawn into the circle of Magda Goebbels, wife of the Minister for Propaganda, and soon she is mixing with the wives and girlfriends of all the Nazi elite as they compete to outshine each other in their looted finery.

The casual brutality of the regime and the discovery that her own grandmother was Jewish force Clara to reconsider her loyalties and she is soon reporting to British intelligence on the domestic life of the First Lady of the Reich.

Well-researched and compellingly narrated, this is a thoroughly enjoyable historical thriller that paints a fascinating portrait of the women behind the top Nazi officials. I found myself staying up late to finish it.