THIS TERRIBLE BEAUTY by Katrin Schumann – Spotlight & Giveaway



From the bestselling author of The Forgotten Hours comes an unforgettable story of one woman’s journey to reclaim what she lost in a country torn apart by the devastating legacy of WWII.

THIS TERRIBLE BEAUTY (LakeUnionPublishing) by Katrin Schumann begins on the windswept shores of an East German island. Bettina Heilstrom struggles to build a life from the ashes. World War II has ended, and her country is torn apart. Longing for a family, she marries Werner, an older bureaucrat who adores her. But after joining the fledgling secret police, he is drawn deep into its dark mission and becomes a dangerous man.

When Bettina falls in love with an idealistic young renegade, Werner discovers her infidelity and forces her to make a terrible choice: spend her life in prison or leave her home forever. Either way she loses both her lover and child.

Ten years later, Bettina has reinvented herself as a celebrated photographer in Chicago, but she’s never stopped yearning for the baby she left behind. Surprised by an unexpected visitor from her past, she resolves to return to her ravaged homeland to reclaim her daughter and uncover her beloved’s fate, whatever the cost.


Katrin is the Washington Post and Amazon Charts Bestselling author of “The Forgotten Hours.” She studied languages at Oxford and journalism at Stanford, and is also the author of several nonfiction books. Katrin has been awarded fiction residencies from the Norman Mailer Writer’s Colony, The Vermont Studio Center, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Currently the Program Coordinator of the Key West Literary Seminar, she teaches writing at GrubStreet and was an instructor in PEN’s Prison Writing program. She lives in Boston and Key West. For more information go to

Thanks to Lake Union Publishing, we have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us what WWII novel you’re looking forward to reading! We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please

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31 thoughts on “THIS TERRIBLE BEAUTY by Katrin Schumann – Spotlight & Giveaway

  1. I love this genre and this book looks so interesting. Cant remember the exact title of the next one on my pile but I have at least 4 with that topic!!!

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