The German Wife - Kelly Rimmer

The German Wife

By Kelly Rimmer

  • Release Date: 2022-06-28
  • Genre: Historical
Score: 4.5
From 354 Ratings


“Skillfully researched and powerfully written, The German Wife will capture you from the first page.” —Madeline Martin, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Bookshop in London

The New York Times bestselling author of The Warsaw Orphan returns with a gripping novel inspired by the true story of Operation Paperclip: a controversial secret US intelligence program that employed former Nazis after WWII.

Berlin, 1930—When a wave of change sweeps a radical political party to power, Sofie von Meyer Rhodes’s academic husband benefits from the ambitions of its newly elected chancellor. Although Sofie and Jürgen do not share the social views growing popular in Hitler’s Germany, Jürgen’s position with its burgeoning rocket program changes their diminishing fortunes for the better. But as Sofie watches helplessly, her beloved Berlin begins to transform, forcing her to consider what they must sacrifice morally for their young family’s security, and what the price for their neutrality will be.

Twenty years later, Jürgen is one of the many German scientists offered pardons for their part in the war, and taken to America to work for its fledgling space program. For Sofie, this is the chance to exorcise the ghosts that have followed her across the ocean, and make a fresh start in her adopted country. But her neighbors aren’t as welcoming or as understanding as she had hoped. When scandalous rumors about the Rhodes family’s affiliation with Hitler’s regime spreads, idle gossip turns to bitter rage, and the act of violence that results will tear apart Sofie’s community and her family before the truth is finally revealed.

“An unforgettable novel that explores important questions highly relevant to the world today.” —Christine Wells, author of Sisters of the Resistance

Don’t miss Kelly Rimmer’s next historical suspense, The Paris Agent, coming July 2023! 

For more by Kelly Rimmer, look for: Before I Let You Go The Things We Cannot Say Truths I Never Told You The Warsaw Orphan


  • The German Wife

    By karmhag
    A pretty good story about a difficult time. It jumps around from decade to decade and would have been just as good if it had been told chronologically. Too many character names beginning with "L" such that you have to think who is who when you come upon a name.
  • An absolute favorite

    By blbreads
    This is one of my favorite stories. I’m so glad I stumbled across this book.
  • History

    By stgoldb99
    Well done
  • Kelly R does it again!

    By EileenRN
    Wonderful novel for those who love historical fiction. Beautiful characters that you can’t wait to learn more about and whose stories keep you coming back for more. Highly recommend!
  • I could not put this book down

    By keshiao
    You have to pay attention to the beginning of each chapter to which lady and what time frame the chapter will be about, but it is so good, with so much going on! I find this period of time so interesting and intriguing; and Rimmer has written this book in a way it that it feels like I’m there, witnessing these two women’s lives. Highly recommend!
  • 10/10

    By Makayla Claus
    An amazing story! Would highly recommend to anyone!
  • Captivating from beginning to end

    By Anne 2439
    Great read!
  • The German Wife

    Interesting history