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Publisher's Summary

For fans of The Nightingale and All the Light We Cannot See, a spellbinding story of impossible love set against the backdrop of the Nazi regime.

She must choose between loyalty to her country or a love that could be her destruction....

As the dutiful daughter of a high-ranking Nazi officer, Hetty Heinrich is keen to play her part in the glorious new Thousand Year Reich. But she never imagines that all she believes and knows about her world will come into stark conflict when she encounters Walter, a Jewish friend from the past, who stirs dangerous feelings in her. Confused and conflicted, Hetty doesn’t know whom she can trust and where she can turn to, especially when she discovers that someone has been watching her. 

Realizing she is taking a huge risk - but unable to resist the intense attraction she has for Walter - she embarks on a secret love affair with him. Together, they dream about when the war will be over and plan for their future. But as the rising tide of anti-Semitism threatens to engulf them, Hetty and Walter will be forced to take extreme measures. 

Will the steady march of dark forces destroy Hetty’s universe - or can love ultimately triumph? Propulsive, deeply affecting, and inspired by the author’s family history, Daughter of the Reich is a mesmerizing pause-resister filled with vivid characters and a meticulously researched portrait of Nazi Germany. In this riveting story of passion, courage, and morality, Louise Fein introduces a bold young woman determined to tread the treacherous path of survival and freedom, showing listeners the strength in the power of love and reminding us that the past must never be forgotten.

©2020 Louise Fein (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers

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Daughter of the Reich

IT took till chapter 8 before I found this book of interest. The story gave insight into how women were controlled by the Reich and the unfounded absolute hatred the Germans had for the Jewish people.

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Great book!

Excellent book, I warmly recommend.
The characters are well developed and the story was very interesting.
The performance was really good, the listening the story felt so vivid like watching a movie.
I was sorry when I got to the end of the story.

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Splendid historical fiction. Will read again.

This story really allows the reader to “see” and feel of the slow and sinister way what happened in Germany did. The main character is believable and not always likeable - which I really appreciated - you can’t help but root for these two star crossed lovers though. A creative way to show history and remind readers of the importance of human rights and freedom of speech.

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Starts slow, give it time

The exposition in this piece is deep and well thought out. You understand why it’s necessary once you’re in, but at the beginning it was tricky to get into it. This is well researched piece of historical fiction that made me sob.

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One of the best books I have read in a very long time. Keeps you involved throughout the whole book.

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Always Hoping

My hope for Walter and Hetty rose and fell so many times throughout. The emotion was unbearable. Probably much like the era the book was written about. Amazing story. Great narrator.

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excellent

great story. it was slow at the start and an uncomfortable subject place and protanganist but stick with it. it is good to be on the inside of a story.

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  • 2020-12-16

PROFANITY KILLED THE BOOK

This book would have been great without the profanity. The curse words did not add any value to the book. I would not recommend this book or author if you are looking for clean material.

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  • 2020-07-08

Interesting Perspective

So many books I have read often look at the Jewish, Polish, etc. side of World War 2, but I think it is also good to be reminded that not everyone on the German side agreed with Hitler's stance. This book explores that perspective. If you are a fan of WW2 novel's, this is a great read. Took a bit to get used to the narration, it went from breathy to grating often, but once I was able to get past that, I realized she was really capturing the emotion and rawness of the story.

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  • 2020-07-07

WOW!!

It’s Been A Long Time Since I have wanted to write a review but I just Had too for this Book so that I could tell anyone looking through reviews to Please get this Book!! I love WW2 stories was obsessively reading them for a while as I wanted to hear as many stories as I could. I stopped for a while and almost passed on this book but I am blown away with this Story and Performane and felt so much heartbreak and happiness and loved the characters!! If you are looking a great story with an amazing performance, then this is it!!

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  • paula wright
  • 2020-05-16

The best pre-war book I’ve ever listened to

This audio book about first ten years leading up to ww2 was so enlightening . The hatred and brutality toward the Jews and German citizens were just brewing in their hatred of them. Even ten yrs before
Oh the unfairness of life . I kept hoping they could be together but never saw the end coming It also showed the goodness of many German people I look forward to more audio books by this author

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  • Denise R
  • 2020-11-20

Too many loose ends, the end left me angry

After a very slow first half of the book, I was angry at the end. There were so many loose ends. The book just sorta cut off! I replayed the previous chapter to see if I had accidentally moved the book forward but, no, it really was the end! Nothing very good happened. Not predictable for sure but so many things I hoped would happen and none of them did. Come on, now... It was annoying that the narrator had a British accent. Hard to take the mind to Germany. Her German accent was awful. It was a big disappointment. The only thing I liked was hearing a WWII story from the perspective of a German.

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  • M. Gail Davis
  • 2020-06-02

hard to put down

the narrator was fantastic! the story was unforgettable and the research for the historical setting was accurate. this is an audible book you won't put down.

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  • Erin
  • 2020-05-18

Wonderful!!

I do not normally write reviews but given this is Louise Fein’s first book and I would love to read more books written by her, I thought I would. This was an amazing novel that kept me turning the pages anxious to find out what would happen next. In the end it brought me to tears which is no easy task! Fabulous novel, I’m an instant fan! Look forward to reading more by this talented author!

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  • Jojo
  • 2020-05-27

Keep your Kleenex close!

All I can say is,after all the books I have read about this era, this book definitely is the most unique and well told story. I haven’t cried from a book like this in yrs..
I will definitely keep my eyes on Louis Fein. She is very talented.

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  • Lori Wilson Ulrich
  • 2021-02-12

Excellent book

This is a wonderful read! I couldn’t put it down and hated when it ended. A must read!

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  • Jamie
  • 2020-12-04

Beautifully done!

I can not say enough about this story. Just beautifully done! The story itself was very well written but the narrator gave a wonderful performance!
This was a very sad time in history. this book should be required reading so it can bring attention to this point in time so it will never be repeated.
Get this audio book. I definitely recommend it. Sad but definitely makes you appreciate living in a free society even with some of the problems that comes with.

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