Thursday, November 18, 2021

Review: From the Dark We Rise by Marion Kummerow

From the Dark We Rise
by Marion Kummerow

Publisher: Bookouture
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  “Please, let me help. I won’t tell anyone.” It was madness to help an escaped prisoner in Nazi Germany, but how could she not? If it weren’t for a lucky strike of fate, she might be the woman on the ground shivering with fear. A light of hope entered the prisoner’s eyes and she knew what she had to do…

1942, Germany: When a young woman calling herself Annegret Huber unexpectedly inherits a huge fortune, including a house and factory just outside Berlin, her first thought is to try to see out the war quietly, avoiding the Gestapo and SS as best she can.

No one needs to know her dark secret. She must focus on staying hidden. Because she can’t risk being exposed for who she truly is. Not really Annegret. But a girl living a secret life. A girl who was once called Margarete.

But then an encounter with an escaped prisoner changes everything, as Margarete discovers what is happening at the factory and its attached labor camp. Witnessing first-hand the suffering of prisoners—shivering, with faces gaunt from hunger, as they work in brutal and cruel conditions—she realises she must act.

If she can save just one life, she knows she has to. Because the truth is that Margarete resembles the prisoners in the camp in ways she daren’t admit. And on the other side of the fence, she has seen a face that is achingly familiar…

Kritters Thoughts:  The second in a series and this is one of those series where I highly suggest you start at book one and therefore the review below may have some spoilers that could spoil some plot points in book one.  

So we are in book two and Margarete is still impersonating her former employer's daughter to escape the potential wrath of the Nazi regime and now she is headed to a country home in Germany since she is now the sole heir to the family's wealth.  She must really present herself correctly around people who knew Annegret as a child and had strong opinions formed about her.  Can Margarete play the charade and fool these people?

I loved that this book picked up not long after book one and it was so easy to dive back into this character and follow her on this adventure.  It was refreshing to see Margarete try to impersonate Annegret in this new setting and see how she dealt with new challenges; i.e. working with staff, interacting with people from Annegret's past and so on.  Watching Margarete struggle with her inner truth, while surrounded by a world that wouldn't accept her as she is was enjoyable to read.  

I hope there are more to come from Margarete as Annegret.  I want to see how she handles those who know the truth and what is going in the world with the war.  

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2021 Challenge: 142 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Bookouture.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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