The year is 1939, and Amalia’s
quest for inner peace soon
becomes a struggle for survival as Greece is engulfed in World War II.
Amalia’s story becomes entwined with
intelligence agents and the guerilla “shadow warriors” – the Greeks,
and Anzacs who hid in mountain caves, descending at night to wreak
havoc on the
Nazis who occupied Crete for four years.
Shadow War in Crete...
sorry to have to tell
you this, Mrs. Schmidt, but the baby… did not survive. He was a boy,
stillborn. I had another delivery at the same time, a Cesarean section,
so your husband delivered him. Of course he's well qualified and wanted
to do it. My nurse Gerta assisted him."
Amelia felt as if she'd been embalmed. She stared
at the doctor,
"Are you all right, Mrs. Schmidt? Speak to me."
The doctor patted her
Amelia's color slowly reappeared on her face,
changing from white, to
pink, to bright red. "You're wrong." She shouted. "No, Doctor Cook.
There's been some mistake. I felt him kicking in here." She punched her
"Mrs. Schmidt, try to calm yourself…there's been
no mistake. There
wasn't anything anyone could do. Johann is scrubbing. He'll be here in
a minute. He'll tell you. Don't take it so hard. You're fine, and you
can have another."
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