Tuesday, May 17, 2016

The Girl from Berlin: Standartenführer's Wife by Ellie Midwood

The Girl from Berlin: Standartenführer's Wife
by Ellie Midwood

My rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Ellie Midwood; 1 edition (September 12, 2015)
Publication Date: September 12, 2015
ISBN-13: 9781517353063
Genre: Historical Fiction
Print Length: 194 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

This is a diary of Annalise Meissner, a young German Jew with long time ago falsified papers, living a carefree life in pre-war Berlin. A talented ballerina, she comes from a wealthy family and at first doesn’t want to concern herself with the changes her country starts undergoing under the new Nazi regime. However, when the oppressions against the Jewish population begin, she realizes that she can’t be a silent bystander and swears to help her people in any way possible.
She falls in love and gets married to her father's longtime friend, Standartenführer Heinrich Friedmann, who even though he works for SD – the Reich Secret Service – seems to share her views, and soon Annalise learns why. Her new husband turns out to be a counterintelligence agent working for the US government, and together they start a dangerous game against the sinister Gestapo, trying to save as many lives as they can and not to compromise themselves.
But it's not only the persecuted people Annalise wants to save; she meets the leader of the Austrian SS Gruppenführer Ernst Kaltenbrunner who everyone seems to fear, but for some reason Annalise isn't intimidated by the Chief of the Austrian Gestapo and doesn't believe the rumors about his brutality. Gruppenführer Kaltenbrunner isn't hiding the fact that he would love to get this beautiful girl as his mistress, but Annalise, despite the mutual attraction, stays faithful to her beloved husband. However, the risky game she’s playing will soon change everything… 

The Girl from Berlin: Standartenführer's Wife 
by Ellie Midwood

The Girl from Berlin: Standartenführer's WifeNazis, the Third Reich, the suffering of the Jews, genocide, all words that for us are part of one of the bleakest moments in history, but for one teen, it was all part of her life and she learned to do what she must to survive while secretly adding those she publicly turned her back on. Will Annalise become a cold-hearted machine like the German soldiers around her or will her spirit and determination to do the right thing become a beacon of hope for those she helps?

The Girl from Berlin: Standartenführer's Wife by Ellie Midwood is not a fictional Diary of Anne Frank, nor does this author try to make it so. This is the diary of a daring young woman, often too brash and naïve to realize when she has crossed a line and somehow, manages to pull through, unscathed, to deceive the Germans another day.

Annalise is a gifted ballerina, her family holds a position of wealth and power within the party, but the hidden truth is they are Jews with the perfect Aryan features. A man from her past, a friend of her father’s captures her heart, and she becomes the wife a very influential SD officer. Does she share her secret with him or is that like signing a death warrant for both herself and her family?

Could it be that her Intelligence Officer husband has his own secrets, just as deadly as hers, but far more terrifying if he is found out. Follow her life a she grows into a woman sure of her ability to tame even the wildest of beasts from the SS as she learns espionage is not a game, but a calling for those who seek justice for all. Watch as she walks through a landmine of possible failure and comes out the other side, by the grace of God or sheer luck, to make her mark on history.

Ellie Midwood has penned a beautiful and moving tale of the power of love, determination and the desire to risk everything for the ones who can do little for themselves. That kind of strength is rare and Ms. Midwood has done justice to her characters and the world they lived in. From page one, I was riveted to each page, with a feeling of expectancy or perhaps even dread as the nightmares of a bygone era come to life.

I received this copy from Ellie Midwood in exchange for my honest review.

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