The Girl in the Shadows By Marion Kummerow

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The Girl in the Shadows: A totally unputdownable WW2 historical novel about love and impossible choices (Margarete’s Journey Book 3) By Marion Kummerow

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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 Nazi party becomes more brutal in its treatment of Jews, she realizes she must do more. She has to help the prisoners escape to real safety, because they will never be safe 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…The powerful third novel in Marion Kummerow’s bestselling Margarete’s Journey series is an unforgettable and devastating story, perfect for fans of The Nightingale, The Lilac Girls, and All the Light We Cannot See.Readers are loving The Girl in the Shadows:“WOW! Marion did not disappoint me… I loved these brave characters and how far they are willing to go to save thousands of lives and end the Nazi regime… Such a heartbreaking read especially in our current political climate and the parallels are startling!… I can’t wait for the finale… I can’t handle the lip-biting suspense.” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“That ending! I did not expect that to happen. Wow! It was a definite surprise and superbly played… A truly heartwrenching tale of survival against all odds.” Confessions of a Bookaholic“The twists crept up on me and left me gasping as I frantically turned pages.” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“Excellent… [I] held my breath… while turning the pages of this fast-paced book… What I love about Marion’s books is that she sheds light on the turmoil some Germans went through, not just those who became unwilling Nazis but those who risked everything to help bring down Hitler.” NetGalley reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“Exciting… A really inspirational read and highly recommend this excellent WWII novel.” Christian Novel Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“I was on the edge of my seat while I devoured this book. I could feel the tension increasing as the lies Margarete has spun tighten around her… An exciting read, complete with suspense and fear and the knowledge that time is running out for her and the people she is protecting.” @booksreadbyprairiegirl“Will have you holding your breath for Margarete as she continues her subterfuge as Annegret… this series gets better and better… Has you mesmerized from the first page to the last page… Hard to put down.” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Check out the full review at Kritters RamblingsThe 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.
I only read this one book of the series and while it is an interesting story, it reads more like a romance novel set in WW II rather than “true” historical fiction. IMHO it does not compare to the other historical fiction novels mentioned in the Amazon review and I was disappointed.
A continuation of Margarete’s Journey – she is continuing to live the life of Annegret Huber to stay alive, and also to help the nearby camp factory prisoners however she can. The noose is tightening in this third book – a persistent Nazi suitor, suspicious townspeople, and trying to save prisoners being shipped off to death camps are the main issues she is juggling – and staying one step ahead is getting more difficult, leading to a major discovery. Highly recommend this series, beginning with A Light in the Window. You won’t be disappointed.
This series put you in touch with the fear and struggle of Nazi Germany. The moral dilemma the the main character has to face on a daily basis keeps you reading through the series.
In The Girl in the Shadows, the author has done a fantastic job of tracing Margarete’s path as she navigates the perilous times of World War II – with a stolen identity. At this point in her journey, Margarete is well-established as Annagret Huber. But even as the identity is a blessing that keeps her alive, it is also a curse as she discovers what she is now responsible for as Annagret. That blessing/curse dichotomy becomes most prevalent in this installment of the story. In fact, it feels like the previous two books were building to this one. While the path so far has been rocky and there have been frightening moments for Margarete, this is the closest she comes to full exposure. The author also goes into great detail about how corrupt the entire German process was at the time, and how nobody really emerged with clean hands. It is all an exploration into the depths of what people will do when their convictions are tested. I look forward to what happens next. For more details, please visit Fireflies and Free Kicks. This review was written based on a digital copy of the book from Bookouture.
Left me wanting to know what is going to happen next…Anxious about the characters and how they resolve their conflicts….a terrible time in History…do we learn from History? I do Not think so…..we seem to be repeating it ourselves?!

 

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