The Girl in the Shadows: A totally unputdownable WW2 historical novel about love and impossible choices

· Bookouture
4 reviews

About this ebook

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 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


ExcitingA 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 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Ratings and reviews

4 reviews
Judy Odom
March 23, 2022
The Girl in The Shadows will have you holding your breath for Margarete as she continues her subterfuge as Annegrete Huber the daughter of a dead Nazi . Margarete's secret is know by a very few and every day she lives a lie and does what she can to help the Jewish. This series gets better and better and I am so excited to hear that the trilogy will now have a fourth book. I can't wait and will be first in line again to read the next in the series. Marion Kummerow is a great story teller that has you mesmerized from the first page to the last page.
Samantha Markham
March 24, 2022
Margarete Rosenbaum is living as Annegret Huber following a bombing raid, from Jew to part of a German high-ranking family in the blink of an eye. I have read many war fiction novels, but I’m not sure I’ve ever read one which included so much detail of the inhumane behaviour of the German SS. It takes a lot to make me shudder when reading, but parts of The Girl in the Shadows did just that. Of course, I am aware of the gist of what happened during the war, but to have it written down and for the characters involved to be portrayed in such a way was eye-opening. Marion Kummerow is an exceptional author. There aren’t many who can skip between love and romance and hate and cruelty and ensure the reader is also feeling those emotions. Yes, I was left feeling very uncomfortable many times throughout the book, but actually, this was a good thing. It meant that the author was doing her job well! The Girl in the Shadows is the third book in Margarete’s journey, but can certainly be read as a stand-alone novel. I haven’t read anything by Marion Kummerow before, but I will definitely go back and read more. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys war-fiction but be aware that sometimes, it’s not an easy read. I am lucky enough to be a part of Books on Tour for this, so thank you to NetGalley and Bookouture for the opportunity to read and review an ARC of The Girl in the Shadows by Marion Kummerow.
Shirley McAllister
March 24, 2022
Margarete continues to masquerade as Annegrete Huber the daughter of a dead Nazi officer in this third book of the series. She is secretly working to help the Jewish workers at the ammunitions plant she owns to disappear. She must find a better way to help them as the new Nazi officer in command , Thomas, is expediting the order to deport all the Jewish from the plant to camps. Thomas is taken with Annegrete and has hopes of a future for them together. Margarete cannot trust Thomas but she goes along with him on engagements to keep suspicion away from her home and herself. Margarete meets a young fisherman named Stephan. She finds out he hates the Nazi's as much as she does. She has heard about an escape route for the Jewish through Sweden. She goes to Stephen to ask if he can help. It is a tough time, and Margarete knows if the truth of her identity is found out by Thomas than all will be lost and it will cost not only her life, but the lives of those she is trying so hard to save. This is a great series, and I can't wait for the next book to find out what happens next with Margarete and Stephan. I am enjoying this series and the courage and adaptability of Margarete posing as Annegrete. The compassion she feels for others and the almost romance between her and Stephan. Thanks to Marion Kummerow for writing a great story, to Bookouture for publishing it and to NetGalley for making it available to me.

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