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The School for German Brides: a virtual Zoom Adventure with historical fiction author Aimie Runyan in conversation with Jennifer Coburn
June 16, 2022 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm PDTFree – $47.50
About the Event
Enter the sinister, gilded world of 1930’s Berlin, a world of young ladies, wooing suitors, satin dresses, and proper etiquette. A world where secret acts of feminine resistance flare beneath the surface. . .
Daring and compelling, historical fiction author Aimie Runyan offers a fascinating deep dive into the German home front during World War II with her forthcoming book, The School for German Brides.
Join us for an incredible opportunity to hear from Aimie, as she discusses her new book The School for German Brides, in a moderated conversation with historical fiction author Jennifer Coburn. Your Adventure includes a paperback copy of The School for German Brides (with signed bookplate), tax, shipping within the U.S., and a virtual Zoom chat with Aimie Runyan in conversation with Jennifer Coburn, and Q&A.
As an added bonus, if you also pre-order a copy of Jennifer’s book, Cradles of the Reich, you will receive an extra 30 minute Power Point presentation with Jennifer about the Nazi’s infamous Lebensborn program, and a discount on the two book bundle. Jennifer’s book will be personally autographed and shipped to you upon publication in October.
For event admission, simply purchase a copy of The School for German Brides below and we will send you a Zoom link a few days prior to the event to access the virtual session.
About the Authors and Books
Aimie K. Runyan writes to celebrate history’s unsung heroines. She has written five historical novels, including the internationally bestselling Daughters of the Night Sky. Her most recent novel, Girls on the Line is a Historical Novel Society Editor’s Choice for February 2019. She was a finalist for the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer of the Year award and Colorado Book Award in 2019 and is a finalist for the Colorado Book Award again in 2020.
In her upcoming intriguing historical novel, The School for German Brides, a young woman who is sent to a horrific “bride school” to be molded into the perfect Nazi wife finds her life forever intertwined with a young Jewish woman about to give birth.
Germany, 1939. As the war begins, Hanna Rombauer, a young German woman, is sent to live with her aunt and uncle after her mother’s death. Thrown into a life of luxury she never expected, Hanna soon finds herself unwillingly matched with an SS officer. The independence that her mother lovingly fostered in her is considered highly inappropriate as the future wife of an up-and-coming officer and she is sent to a “bride school.” There, in a posh villa on the outskirts of town, Hanna is taught how to be a “proper” German wife. The lessons of hatred, prejudice, and misogyny disturb her and she finds herself desperate to escape.
For Mathilde Altman, a German Jewish woman, the war has brought more devastation than she ever thought possible. Torn from her work, her family, and her new husband, she fights to keep her unborn baby safe. But when the unthinkable happens, Tilde realizes she must hide. The risk of discovery grows greater with each passing day, but she has no other options.
When Hanna discovers that Tilde is hiding near the school, she knows she must help her however she can. For Tilde, fear wars with desperation. The women must take extraordinary risks to save the lives of mother and baby. Will they both be able to escape with their lives and if they do, what kind of future can they possibly hope for?
Jennifer Coburn is the author of the highly-anticipated historical novel, Cradles of the Reich, about three very different women living at a Nazi Lebensborn breeding home at the start of World War ll.
Jennifer has also published a mother-daughter travel memoir, We’ll Always Have Paris, as well as six contemporary women’s novels. Additionally, Jennifer has contributed to five literary anthologies, including A Paris All Your Own.
When Jennifer is not going down historical research rabbit holes, she volunteers with So Say We All, a live storytelling organization, where she is a performer, producer, and performance coach. She is also an active volunteer with Reality Changers, a nonprofit that supports low-income high school students in becoming the first in their families to attend college. She specializes in college essay development, interview prep, and all-around tiger mothering.
Germany 1939. The nation is on the brink of war and Hitler’s plan to create a “master race” of pure-blooded Aryan babies has been launched. The top-secret Lebensborn Nazi breeding program is brought to life in Cradles of the Reich, the story of three German women who change the course of one another’s lives.
At Heim Hochland, a Nazi breeding home in Bavaria, three women’s fates are irrevocably intertwined. Gundi is a pregnant university student from Berlin. An Aryan beauty, she’s secretly a member of a resistance group. Hilde, only eighteen, is a true believer in the cause and is thrilled to carry a Nazi official’s child. And Irma, a 44-year-old nurse, is desperate to build a new life for herself after personal devastation. All three have everything to lose.
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