Saturday, January 21, 2023



Dora Schaul has lost everything she had to the Nazis.  From her parents being imprisoned in concentration camps and murdered, her closest friends disappearing into the night, and she doesn’t even know if her husband Alfred is alive.  Dora isn’t afraid to take risks, after all she has nothing left to lose.  Dora begins to secretly work for the underground network in France.  She has accomplished many dangerous missions, but the next mission agrees to take on is the most dangerous of all.  She goes undercover as the secretary to the Gestapo.  This mission is necessary but if she is found out, it could very well be not just her last mission but her last breath.

The Undercover Secretary by Ellie Midwood was a wonderful story of courage, bravery, love, family and friendship.  This amazing story was heartbreaking and inspiring and left me contemplating what life was like during such a horrible time.  I am always amazed at the strength and courage that so many people demonstrated during World War II and the selfless acts so many people did to survive.  This tear-jerker had me reaching for the Kleenex box so many times.  I was inspired and enthralled with this wonderfully well written novel and that made it unputdownable.  Thank you Ellie Midwood for such a phenomenal story that I will definitely not forget any time soon.  I loved this story and I highly recommend it.


Rating: 5 out of

Author:  Ellie Midwood 
Publisher: Bookouture 
Publication Date: January 19, 2023 
Pages: 290
Buy on Amazon 

France, 1942. “I forced myself to hold his gaze. My heart thrashed inside my chest like a bird battering its wings. They knew who I was. They knew what I’d done.” This heartbreaking and unputdownable World War Two novel tells the incredible true story Dora Schaul, who risked her life by coming face-to-face with enemy—the monsters who killed her loved ones. 


Dora has lost everything to the Nazis. Her dearest friends have disappeared into thin air. Her parents have been imprisoned in concentration camps and murdered for the crime of simply existing. She has no idea if her darling husband, the devoted and brave Alfred, is still alive.


Though her world is crashing and burning around her, Dora refuses to give in to Hitler’s tyranny. The Nazis may have broken her heart, but they will not break her spirit.


Secretly working for the underground network in France, Dora risks her life on the most dangerous mission in the history of the local resistance. She goes undercover as the secretary of the Head of Gestapo; a soldier with a brutal reputation. A cold-blooded killer.


She is tasked with leaking the names of the SS to the British press. Every day, she rubs shoulders with the enemy. She makes coffee for the people she despises. She types letters for the monsters who killed her family. At any second, she could be found out…


Can she survive, turning the tide of the war and saving thousands of lives? Or will those she loved the most in the world, and millions of other innocent people, have died 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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