The Girl Who Survived By Ellie Midwood
The Girl Who Survived: Based on a true story, an utterly unputdownable and heart-wrenching World War 2 page-turner By Ellie Midwood
Book/Novel Author: Ellie Midwood
Book/Novel Title: The Girl Who Survived
“Wow!!!… Definitely not going to leave my head anytime soon… Devastatingly heartbreaking… Absolutely rammed with emotions… A heart-wrenching, absolutely beautiful, devastating story.’ Bookworm86, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Germany, 1941: “We live together, or we die together.” A novel that will stay with you forever, The Girl Who Survived tells the inspiring true story of Ilse Stein, a German Jew who was imprisoned in a ghetto––and who fell in love with the man she was supposed to loathe.For eighteen-year-old Ilse life is unrecognizable. A year ago, she wasn’t forced to wear a star on her clothes. A year ago, her parents were alive, not yet killed by their own countrymen. A year ago, she had her freedom.Now, at the break of dawn, she steps off the cattle train into a Minsk ghetto. This is Ilse’s new home: trapped by barbed wire, surrounded by SS guards she is forbidden to look in the eye, with no choice but to trade the last of her belongings for scraps of food. Sentenced for the crime of simply existing, she doesn’t expect to live past the summer.Yet the prisoners in the ghetto refuse to give up––the underground resistance is plotting their escape. Ilse’s first act of defiance is smuggling from the munitions factory, slipping bullets into the lining of her pockets.But this is just the beginning… When Ilse meets Wilhem, a local SS administrative officer, she never dreams that her greatest rebellion will be falling for him. Wilhem promises that she will survive, even if the cost is his life. But in a world of such danger, daring to love is the most dangerous risk of all…Fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, The Choice, and Orphan Train will be completely gripped by this heartbreaking tale. Based on a true story, this powerful novel shows that love is stronger than terror, and that when life takes everything from you, death is not to be feared…This book was previously published as No Woman’s Land.Readers love The Girl Who Survived:“A completely heart-wrenching and soul-destroying book that I couldn’t put down and I have not been able to stop thinking about. I cried so much but I loved every page.” Goodreads reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“Wow, this book was terrific… Wow, just WOW! Truly brilliant. This book managed to do something no other book has ever managed to do with me and that is that I cried… I must award it 5 stars as nothing less would do!… Just an incredible story.” Jsybookworm, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“This story was so beautiful, I absolutely loved it. I could not put it down… Such an amazing story… Throughout the whole story I felt like I was holding my breath. I cannot wait to reread this book.” @Nezzareads, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“A hell of a heart-wrenching read… The story grabbed me from page 1… And when I reached the end I’d gone through so many different emotions… Absolutely brilliant.” NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“I couldn’t put this book down, I had to see how it ended, and warning, you will need Kleenex. But read this book. Especially if you couldn’t get enough of The Tattooist of Auschwitz.” Linda Strong Book Reviews, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“Oh, what a story! Ellie Midwood has brought me to tears… A must-read, make sure you have the box of tissues handy, you will need them.” My Cat Reads, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“You will need tissues! If you love historical fiction this is for you, and at its BEST.” NetGalley reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐“So much emotion… It will have you holding your breath and crying so many tears.” Linda’s Book Reviews, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Read more
One of the best narratives.Fact and fiction woventogether in a fine tapestry to it’s very conclusion.A book you cannot put down, along with prevailing after thoughts.Thank you!
The Girl Who Survived (“NO Woman’s Land”) is an amazing book by Ellie Midwood, I’ve become her fan since I’ve read her first book. her WWII novels are an inspiration and always bring so much light to the true stories we haven’t heard before.The Girl Who Survived is based on the true story of a German Luftwaffe Captain and a Jewish woman who met in the most terrible circumstances during WWII.The story of Ilse, and Willy, two lost souls who met at the Minsk and fell madly in love even if that was something very rare around those days. Ilse and her sisters lost their father and mother before they even set a foot in Minsk. Ilse was working very hard day and night like all the Jews under the terrible command of the SS. she only wanted to help others and also her sisters to have food and warm clothes during the harsh colds of winter, even if that meant falling in love with the “enemy”Willy was a very kind man for his own good, he really was not fit for the war, I felt like he was lost in a sea of evil men and atrocities, he was the only good person around those days. a Capitan that wanted to have nothing to do with the Nazis or the SS as he was a true gentleman. He saved so many with his kindness and with his love for Ilse.One of the things that I enjoyed the most about this book was that the love between Ilse and Willy was not just romantic like any other novel, it was more than that because, with their love they helped many others, it was like somehow in some way it was spreading around those who were near them and that was able to help them kept going.I was completely in anxious mode the whole time while reading The Girl Who Survived, there was always that feeling something was going to happen, or that at any point an SS officer will come bargain at the door and find out what was happening between Ilse and Willy, and that was precisely what really kept me glued to my seat and wanted to know everything about this story.I cried, I scream a few times, and I cried again, and did I say I scream? so many feelings and reactions I felt while taking this great journey with Ilse and Willy.A love story that was very enjoyable with many great secondary characters that bring so much light to the main characters and the story. a very enjoyable read but at the same time heartbreaking and heart-swelling, The Girl Who Survived is a different story but a good one.
This story ties so much of the history together.The bravery of those who fought so hard to live and carried on the culture is to be honored.
This book is well written. It would make another great movie. More people need to know of the horrors that happened during WW II so we can prevent something like it from happening again.