My Enemy's Cradle

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Sara Young takes us into the very heart of the Nazis’ cradle with a powerful story of love set against the true events of one of the most secret and terrifying of Heinrich Himmler’s wartime projects – the Lebensborn Nazi breeding programme.

Cyrla’s neighbours have begun to whisper. Her cousin, Annika, is pregnant and has passed the rigorous exams for admission to the Lebensborn, a maternity home for Aryan girls carrying German babies. Annika’s soldier has disappeared; the Nazis confiscate fatherless children. Cyrla, sent from Poland to hide with her Dutch relatives, has been warned that her neighbours know she is half Jewish. She won’t be safe for long.

A cruel twist of fate places Cyrla with the terrible choice between certain discovery in her cousin’s home and taking Annika’s place in the Lebensborn. If she takes refuge in the enemy’s lair, can Cyrla fool the doctors, nurses, guards and other mothers-to-be? How will she escape before they discover she is not who she claims?

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Praise for ‘My Enemy's Cradle’

‘Tense and gripping…Young’s novel is meticulously researched and the facts are unobtrusive, wrought into the story with intelligence and precision’
Observer

‘Sara Young’s research has been so thorough, it’s hard to believe you’re not reading a genuine survivor’s account – this is a truly remarkable story’
She

‘A scary evocation of a time history would rather forget’
Eve

‘Gripping’
Choice

‘a beautifully written tale of love fear, hope and the fight for survival.’
My Weekly

‘Sara Young has woven a fascinating true story into a gripping work of fiction.’
Aberdeen Press and Journal

‘A thought provoking and well carfted novel.’
Newcastle Upon Tyne Evening Chronicle

'That love can find purchase in the most hostile soil has rarely been so heroically proven. Tenderly and fiercely felt, Young's tale of a young Jewish woman trapped in the sinister web of the Nazi Lebensborn program is that true find, a story truly never before told'

Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of ‘Cage of Stars’

More praise for ‘My Enemy’s Cradle’:

‘The historical research that Sara Young has put into this book is as compelling as the plot.’
Bookseller

‘This is a touching,gripping story and so realistic it is like reading a survivior’s account.’
Shropshire Star

‘Thought provoking and greatly moving, this well crafted novel is a must-read.’
Belfast Sunday Life

'Young's research is so scrupulous that when devouring this novel, you'll swear you're reading a genuine survivor account, and you'll hold your breath as Cyrla attempts to find and found her own family'
Jenna Blum, author of ‘Those Who Save Us’

'Young explores with an unwavering voice the timeless, universal and yet intensely personal themes of love, loss, morality and the choices that shape our lives'
Pam Jenoff, author of ‘The Kommandant's Girl’

'My Enemy's Cradle goes to the very heart of hope and how it can survive in even the darkest and most dangerous of times.' Anne Leclaire, author of ‘Entering Normal’

‘My Enemy’s Cradle has everything - it is a page turner full of twists and turns. It is a love story, it is a war story. It reveals a dark piece of history. There is only one caveat to this novel: you’ll want to read it straight through. So put aside everything and begin.’
Ann Hood, author of ‘The Knitting Circle’

About the Author:

Sara Young has written children’s books under the name Sara Pennypacker and won praise for their literary merit as well as several awards, including a listing in ‘The New York Public Library’s 100 Best Book s to Read to Children’ for Stuart’s Cape. Her newest, Clementine, debuted last month on the NYT bestseller list at no. 9. and is published in the UK by Hodder. My Enemy’s Cradle is her debut novel for adults.

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