From the Dark We Rise: An utterly gripping WW2 historical novel about a devastating secret

· Margarete's Journey Book 2 · Bookouture
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1942, Germany: A Nazi fortune. A Jewish girl hiding in plain sight. An impossible choice…


When the Nazis destroyed everything Margarete Rosenbaum knew, taking everything and everyone she treasured, she prayed only to survive. Until, chance allowed her to disguise herself as Annegret Huber, the daughter of a prominent Nazi.

As Annegret, Margarete had a moment of safety, but now the legacy of her false identity means she must make a devastating decision, and risk everything to save the lives of others.

Because the true Annegret and her family are now dead, and the fortune is all hers – all Margarete’s. There is a grand house with crystal chandeliers, and a factory with fences built high and topped with cruel curls of barbed wire. Inside, the workers shiver, their faces gaunt from hunger. Margarete struggles to hide her gasp when—amongst the faces of the prisoners—she sees one that is achingly familiar.

Suddenly, she has hundreds of lives in her hands, including one who means more to her than anyone else left in the world. There’s no question that she must act. From that moment, Margarete is more than just a girl in hiding. She’s a girl who can save others. But in her new position of power, surrounded by the Nazi elite, she knows every move she makes is being watched.

As the war tears through the country she loves, and turns the world dark, Margarete knows she can’t ignore her chance to stand up against evil. Even if it means risking her own life to save the innocents in her protection…


An absolutely gripping and devastating story about courage and sacrifice in the darkest days of war. Perfect for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, All the Light We Cannot See, and The Nightingale.

Readers are loving From the Dark We Rise:


“Wow… so amazingly captivating. I devoured this book in one sitting, unable to stop turning the pages… I had to read through non-stop to the end. I loved it… Breath-taking and intense… Pne unforgettable read. I wish I could give ten starsWow, just wow, I’m totally speechlessPhenomenal.” PageTurners Blog ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Absolutely gripping and devastatingThe book feels like a race against time. Will Margarete be discovered? Will she be able to make a difference? Will she live? A WWII page-turner that I loved until the last minute.” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I devoured this book within about a 24-hour period… Gut-wrenching scenes… I felt really tense as I was reading… There is heartache and hope and at times I felt as if I could hardly take a breath.” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Totally immersing… Pure escapism… If you enjoyed Schindler’s List and love a fast-paced 5-star historical fiction featuring a strong female protagonist, this book needs to be on your radar.” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


“This author is seriously becoming one of my favorite historical fiction WW2 authors… I was feeling all of the emotions, and fear that our main character was feeling, plus the story just came off the page and came to life.” Spooky's Maze Of Books ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Brilliant… Both incredibly sad and encouragingly hopeful.” Christian Novel Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Highly addictive… Suspense, drama, mystery, intrigue, and surprises to keep even the seasoned historical fiction reader on their toes. Margarete is such a strong and complex lead character that I devoured her story.” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Fantastic… A book that made me think about my own life and how we should appreciate…things that we so easily take for granted. A story of bravery and determination.” Linda Strong Book Reviews

“Stays with you long after readingThis book made me cry and weep at the injustice of it all… A heart wrenching read… sprinkled with moments of kindness that gave me hope for humanity.” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


Heart-breaking, haunting and gut-wrenching…A brilliantly written novel about sacrifice, courage, resilience and love… Historical fiction at its best.” Bookish Jottings ⭐⭐⭐⭐


Amazing!… I was gripped… Brilliant story, brilliant characters, brilliant writing.Nat’s Bookish Corner ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Ratings and reviews

3 reviews
Shirley McAllister
November 17, 2021
Exciting, full of suspense and sadness, this story continues in the series about a Jewish girl posing as the daughter of a high ranking Nazi officer. Will she be able to continue her charade, or will she place her trust in the wrong person. Margarite is still posing as Annegret Huber and is surrounded by Nazi's. She has now claimed the family fortune and moved to Germany in the country where the family's large estate is located. She is haunted by the lie she is living and afraid she will misstep at any moment and give away her secret. If she is found out to be a Jewish girl posing as an Aryan Nazi it would be a death sentence for her. She is navigating as the heir to the Huber fortune with the help of the head of the Gestapo Horst who believes her to be Annegret Huber. She also must trust her estate manager Gustav, but is he trustworthy? She must also deal with running the household and the servants. Once being the Huber's housemaid she has been a servant but never in charge. Somehow she now must be the lady of the estate. She must deal with a housekeeper that thinks she runs the place, a stable master Oliver that has a past with Annegret and does not like nor trust her, and a lovely maid Dora who she both grows to trust and befriend. She has promised that she would use the Huber fortune for good and she looks for ways to do so. She, however, must do so without incurring the wrath of the Nazi's and giving away her disguise. Can she help the persecuted somehow while surrounded by Nazi's and pretending to be one of them? When she discovers an escaped prisoner she must find who she can trust and who she cannot trust. This is harder than she thought, especially when she finds out secrets about some of the staff. Will she be able to accomplish what she wishes or will she be found out and ousted as an imposter. Another thrilling book by Marion Kummerow. I always think each one is the best then they just keep coming and each book is as good as the one before. I can't wait to read book three in the series. I loved the characters, especially Dora and was saddened by some of the story. I think the setting was perfect for the story and it is very well written. I enjoyed reading this book and I would recommend it.
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Janice Tangen
December 4, 2021
WW2, Germany, historical-novel, historical-places-events, historical-research, historical-figures, historical-setting, history-and-culture, Jewish, secrets, triggers, subterfuge, lies, sanctuary, suspense, suspicion**** This is the second installment in the story of the life of a fictional young woman named Margarete living in WW2 Germany and her lethal secret. Well written. I requested and received a free temporary ebook copy from Bookouture via NetGalley.
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