Saturday, March 26, 2022

Review: The Girl in the Shadows by Marion Kummerow

The Girl in the Shadows
by Marion Kummerow

Publisher: Bookouture
Pages: 290
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  1943, Germany: Two years ago, fate gave a beautiful young Jewish woman named Margarete Rosenbaum the chance to survive the Nazis, by pretending to be one of them, hiding in plain sight. Now she must make a terrifying decision…

Margarete lives as Annegret Huber would have, in a beautiful rural mansion by a forest in northern Germany. She is the heiress to the entire Huber fortune—one which she has devastatingly discovered includes a factory and Nazi prison camp. Margarete has done everything she can to help improve conditions there, and to reduce suffering for the prisoners who remind her so much of her own lost family and friends.

However, as the war rages on and the Nazis become more brutal in their treatment of Jews, she realizes she must do more. She has to help the prisoners escape to real safety, because they will never survive in Hitler’s Germany.

She’s heard of a route to freedom through Sweden. Although that means secretly reaching out to the resistance. With the risk of betrayal at every turn, her enquiries lead her to a man named Stefan, who she instantly feels a powerful connection to. But she fears he will never trust her… unless she reveals the secret that keeps her safe.

At the same time, a Nazi officer begins to show romantic interest in her, making it harder to keep her identity a secret. His loyalty to the party is beyond question, so if he finds her out, not only will her plan be at risk, but also her life and those of everyone she cares for.

But can she let that fear stop her from saving others? Because she knows she herself could so easily be one of the faces on the other side of the fence. And that, in the darkest times, sometimes the only person who can rise up is the girl in the shadows…

Kritters Thoughts:  The third book in a series that I highly recommend starting at the beginning as these book build on each other.  And in that note - spoilers for book one and two could be below.

In this book Margarete is still living in the country and hiding as a German heiress.  She feels responsible for the lives of those who work at her family's factory and while the Nazis are getting more obsessed about getting rid of the Jews, she employs quite a few and is hoping to save each and every one of them.  Margarete can't hide in this book and instead has to put on a brave face and host events and act like the German heiress she is trying to be.  

Marion Kummerow has created such a great series that shares some interesting perspectives on World War II and for those who are faint of heart, I appreciate that this book doesn't show some of the more harsh realities of this war.  Instead she concentrates on the small towns and how they tried to make an impact on the war effort in any way they can.  

While this is book three and most series end here, I hope that Marion has more about this character as I love to follow her efforts in this time and place.   

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

Ebook 2022 Challenge: 22 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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