Tuesday, October 10, 2023



It’s 1941 and the Nazi’s have moved in on Holland.  Trudi is helping her Jewish neighbors survive by hiding them in her home.  Rosy and Louisa witness their parents being taken away by the horrible soldiers, they stay hidden behind a bookcase in order to survive.  Trudi is only eighteen years old and living with her is their only hope, and Trudi’s only hope for survival is for her to join the resistance.  Frans and his cousin Piet risk their lives to help the Jewish children that have been left behind, a way out.  Trudi must find Frans and Piet and ask them to help Rosy and Louisa.  When the girls are offered a safe place to live, Trudi knows she must do everything she possibly can to move them to the safe house.  Her only option is to move them in the dead of night, and risk her life and the lives of Rosy and Louisa.

The Girl From the Resistance by author Imogen Matthews, is a heartbreaking true story that is sure to have you flying through the pages from cover to cover.  This amazingly suspenseful story is unputdownable and will definitely stay with you long after you finish the book.  My heart broke for the wonderful, believable characters.  I held my breath as my heart pounded faster and faster with every footstep they took in the dark night.  This is a definite must read for all historical fiction fans.  So happy to discover that this is the first book in a new series, looking forward to the next book. I highly recommend it.


Rating: 5 out of 5.


Author:  Imogen Matthews
Publisher: Bookouture
Publication Date: October 10, 2023 
Pages: 293 
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1941, Nazi-occupied Holland. Trudi can hear the muffled sobs of two heartbroken little girls as they peer wide-eyed from their hiding place behind the bookcase. Rosy and Louisa’s parents have been dragged away by soldiers. Now Trudi is the only one who can keep them safe…

When Nazis break down the front door of eighteen-year-old 
Trudi’s home and seize the Jewish couple hiding in her attic, she’s devastated, and is suddenly solely responsible for their two innocent children. The whispered rumours about the resistance are her only hope. A man called Frans and his cousin Piet risk their lives every day, helping scared and abandoned Jewish children escape into the countryside. Under the cover of night she races to beg for their help.

When the girls are offered a safe house, Trudi is relieved. But with soldiers on every corner of the cobbled streets, getting there will be extremely dangerous… Trudi must dress up in a German nurse’s uniform and convince anyone who asks that she is transporting two children to hospital.

Trudi will have to give up everything to protect Rosy and Louisa. She will have to lie to her friends and family, and learn to fire a weapon that could take someone’s life. The only consolation is Piet’s dark eyes and handsome face as he stands beside her helping to plan her next steps.

But Trudi suspects someone close to her told the Nazis about the hiding place in the attic, and they’ll stop at nothing to make sure the girls do not escape…


Imogen Matthews is an Oxford-based, award-winning author and journalist with an interest in forgotten stories from WW2 Holland. Imogen was born in Rijswijk, Holland, to a Dutch mother and English father who moved the family to England when Imogen was very young. All her life, she listened to her mother’s stories about her life in Holland, in particular the hardships she faced during the Hunger Winter in 1944-5, which has had a profound impact on her writing.

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