Wednesday, October 13, 2021



Berlin, 1939 and World War II has just begun.  Libby moves to Berlin, to be as far away from her family as possible.  She doesn’t like that her family has an alliance with the Nazis.  She wants no part of that life.  But when Libby’s friend vanishes, she decides that she has to do something.  Then Libby meets fellow anti-Nazis and she is introduced to Harro.  Harro persuades Libby to join the resistance, she does, and then she begins to fall in love with Harro.  She and Harro smuggle classified documents during the day and at night they hold meetings to plot the fall of Hitler’s regime.  Soon Libby and Harro are afraid that they are being watched by the Gestapo.  Then, one day Harro disappears.  Libby is terrified that she will never see him again.  

This amazing story of survival during some of the darkest days is so heart-wrenching.  The fact that it is a true story tears at your heartstrings, so, reading with a box of Kleenex is a must.  The fears that people overcame during this time and the hope that they held on to, is always so amazing to me.  They never gave up, and they relied on each other so much. This beautifully written and powerful story is sure to be a favorite.

Thank you Ellie Midwood  for such a phenomenal story.  This is one that will continue to resonate in me for a very long time.  It is a wonderful, phenomenal must read and I highly recommend this book.


Rating: 5 out of 5.



Author:  Ellie Midwood 
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: October 13, 2021 
Pages: 351 
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Berlin, 1939: The inspiring true story of Libby Schulze-Boysen, a German girl who refused to back down to the Nazis. In the face of evil, she vowed to live by the truth––or die by it. 

“Be brave. Don’t run. Fight.” With her eyes tightly shut, tears rolling from under her dark lashes, she felt his lips gently touch her burning cheek. The train on the platform whistled, and he disappeared into the steam. 

Libby moves to Berlin to start a new life––as far away as possible from her family and their alliance with the Nazis. But in the city, there’s no escape from Hitler’s brutal regime. And when Libby’s friend vanishes into thin air, she decides she cannot stand back and do nothing…

After Libby makes connections with fellow anti-Nazis, she’s introduced to Harro. Instantly, she knows there’s a story behind his cornflower-blue eyes. The whip marks on his back, scars from the SS, tell his secret: he is a resistance fighter.

Harro draws Libby into the world of the resistance, and as they fall in love, their life grows increasingly dangerous. Becoming a double agent, Libby infiltrates the Ministry of Propaganda. By day, they smuggle classified documents. By night, they hold clandestine meetings by candlelight and plot Hitler’s downfall. 

But in the frostbitten winter of 1942, Libby fears that the Gestapo is stalking them––their every move watched, their phone calls recorded. And one day, Harro simply disappears. Will they ever be reunited? Or will everything they’ve risked their lives for be in vain?


Ellie Midwood is a USA Today bestselling and award-winning historical fiction author. She owes her interest in the history of the Second World War to her grandfather, Junior Sergeant in the 2nd Guards Tank Army of the First Belorussian Front, who began telling her about his experiences on the frontline when she was a young girl. Growing up, her interest in history only deepened and transformed from reading about the war to writing about it. After obtaining her BA in Linguistics, Ellie decided to make writing her full-time career and began working on her first full-length historical novel, “The Girl from Berlin.” Ellie is continuously enriching her library with new research material and feeds her passion for WWII and Holocaust history by collecting rare memorabilia and documents. 

In her free time, Ellie is a health-obsessed yoga enthusiast, neat freak, adventurer, Nazi Germany history expert, polyglot, philosopher, a proud Jew, and a doggie mama. Ellie lives in New York with her fiancé and their Chihuahua named Shark Bait.

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