Today, I'm pleased to announce the upcoming release of my first novel, Teach the Children to Pray.
Teach the Children to Pray is an intimate portrait of a young woman’s coming of age, set in Germany during the Thirty Years War. Exiled and driven to the army’s baggage train as a child, Josefine Dorn survives hardship and discovers her calling as a field surgeon, tending to the war’s broken and ailing. In a time of religious upheaval, she finds unlikely friendship in the company of a Jewish surgeon, an army whore, a deacon’s daughter, and a Jesuit priest, as they strive to hold onto what truly matters in spite of plundering armies and narrow-minded princes.
Early readers have called it “evocative and beautifully written” and The Historical Fiction Company has given it a five-star review and longlisted it for their Book of the Year Award. Their reviewer writes, "Harwick's ability to weave a narrative that explores the profound lessons war survivors impart to future generations is commendable. Beyond its historical context, the novel delves into the nature of war, the pursuit of peace, and the enduring power of faith, offering lessons that resonate even in contemporary times.”