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Daughter of the Reich

A Novel
Written by: Louise Fein
Narrated by: Marisa Calin
Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
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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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One of the best books I have read in a very long time. Keeps you involved throughout the whole book.

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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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  • TeresaS
  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Katie
  • 2020-07-30

Listen to this book. If not for the story, for the narration.

I can’t describe the emotions this story and the narration evoke. I have read and listened to many stories about WW2 and the Holocaust, but the perspective this is written from and the narration are unlike any others I have encountered. At times I was angry, appalled, anxious, happy, hopeful, and finally, was crying uncontrollably by the end. Definitely one I would recommend.

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  • Melissa Anne Matherly
  • 2020-07-20

Troubling topic

I had to put the book down for a while. With all the racial tension and division in our country right now it was more sickening watching the Nazi Germans teaching their innocent children to hate "others". I finished the book 6 weeks later and did enjoy it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2020-07-17

A battle of loving and hating

I've recently read several books about this time period. These books were told from the perspective of survivors of the concentration camps. I was intrigued as this is told from another point of view. As you follow the main character through the story you sense the changes and growth in her character.

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  • Laurie J Rengel
  • 2020-06-21

Brilliantly poignant

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