I had some mixed feelings here with The German Heiress by Anika Scott. The story started off slow for me and I felt like I was missing something here with Clara’s characters. I struggled with finding her convincing and the overall plot of the story. Once I stop trying to find her convincing or compelling and just go with the story, I started to enjoy the story. I found it to be more of a thriller than historical fiction.
The story takes place post-WWII and the perspective is unique here. During World War II, Clara took on the role of operating her family’s ironworks empire. Now she is on the run from a British officer who’s is determined to make her answer for war crimes committed while she ran the company. This is where things became a bit foggy for me. I didn’t pick up on any connection emotionally to Clara that I thought I should of, instead I just found it all entertaining. I enjoyed the chase and the twists that came along the way and the dynamics between Clara and Jakob, who she meets while trying to find her best friend and her son. I found myself rooting for Clara but feeling I should be wanting justice instead. For me it lacked any depth for me to get the feeling for her motivation or any themes I felt I should have picked up on. Or maybe I just missed the boat here with this one.
Things wrap up a little too easy, however it all work for me. I enjoyed the lighter, more entertaining feel to the story and right now I appreciated that. I highly recommend for readers who enjoy historical fiction but are looking for something a little more entertaining then substantial right now.
I received a copy on EW.