Cyrla's neighbors have begun to whisper. Her cousin, Anneke, is pregnant and has passed the rigorous exams for admission to the Lebensborn, a maternity home for girls carrying German babies. But Anneke's soldier has disappeared, and Lebensborn babies are only ever released to their father's custody-- or taken away.
A note is left under the mat. Someone knows that Cyrla, sent from Poland years before for safekeeping with her Dutch relatives, is Jewish. The Nazis are imposing more and more restrictions; she won't be safe there for long.
And then in the space of an afternoon, life falls apart. Cyrla must choose between certain discovery in her cousin's home and taking Anneke's place in the Lebensborn--Cyrla and Anneke are nearly identical. If she takes refuge in the enemy's lair, can Cyrla fool the doctors, nurses, guards, and other mothers-to-be? Can she escape before they discover she is not who she claims?
Mining a lost piece of history, Sara Young takes us deep into the lives of women living in the worst of times. Part love story and part elegy for the terrible choices we must often make to survive, MY ENEMY'S CRADLE keens for what we lose in war and sings for the hope we sometimes find.
ADVANCE PRAISE FOR MY ENEMY'S CRADLE
""In the tradition of Leon Uris and other writers, Sara Young has written about the bitterness, fragility, and especially the resilience of human spirit under the shadow of the beast. Her characters, living in Holland at the beginning of the Holocaust, manage to find reason where there is no reason, as well as innocence and passion, love and longing. No one who has ever felt joy against reason will fail to hear Young's song."" --Jacquelyn Mitchard, author of The Deep End Of The Ocean