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The Secret Letter

Written by: Debbie Rix
Narrated by: Jacqueline King
Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
4.6 out of 5 stars (116 ratings)

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Germany, 1939. A tumbledown farmhouse, on the outskirts of a close-knit village in the heart of the rolling hills of Bavaria. A once happy family home torn apart by Nazi rule. And one young girl who refuses to give up on what she believes in.... 

London, 2018: When 94-year-old Imogen receives a letter addressed to her in neat, unfamiliar handwriting, she notices the postmark is stamped from Germany - and it sends shivers down her spine.... 

Germany, 1939: Thirteen-year-old Magda is devastated by the loss of her best friend, shy and gentle Lotte, cruelly snatched from her and sent to a concentration camp – the Star of David sewn on her faded, brown coat. As the Nazi’s power takes hold, Magda realises she’s not like the other girls in her German village - she hates the fanatical new rules of the Hitler Youth. So Magda secretly joins The White Rose Movement and begins to rebel against the oppressive, frightening world around her.  

But when an English bomber pilot crashes in a field near Magda’s home she is faced with an impossible choice: to risk the safety of her family or to save a stranger and make a difference in the devastating war that has claimed the lives of so many. Little does she know, her actions will have the power to change the life of another girl, on the other side of enemy lines, forever.... 

Inspired by a true story, this is a heart-wrenching, gripping and absolutely unforgettable tale of the strength of human kindness in a time of unimaginable heartbreak. Fans of Orphan Train, The Tattooist of Auschwitz and The Book Thief will be utterly gripped by this beautiful, sweeping, World War Two novel.

©2019 Debbie Rix (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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  • A.B
  • 2020-08-06

Engaging story, fantastic narration

I love historical fiction, so the synopsis piqued my interest when I came across this title. The author does a brilliant job of weaving a very believable story and except for one or two sappy parts, I completely enjoyed The Secret Letter. Kudos to the narrator who really brought the book to life with the various accents and voices to distinguish characters. I would highly recommend this book to anyone.

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Interesting story and great performance

I enjoyed to listen narrator - she is great. Story is interesting but tooks me a while to figure out connection between actors ( between two parallel story). I'm glad that I didn't gave up listening.

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Romance novel with WW2 as a backdrop.

Enjoyable read about the lives of 2 women in different cities during WW2, & how their lives were connected in some ways.

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Fascinating story!

loved the pace and the story. to look at WW II mainly from the point of view of two young girls wAs quite an experience. It shows the courage and choices people have to make when crisis occur. The voices in the narrative were not the best at times. But the story line takes over and prevails.in general an excellent book.

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Learn a little from a tale

A tale is written from the stories and letters of a time gone by. I found it interesting to see how people lived and survived. Written from the perspective of the youth of a time of chaos and war. A light-hearted story not meant to bring the reader to tears.

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Amazing

I wasn't actually sure how I'd feel about this book but it's so well written and its it's amazing to think most of this actually happened. it's more about humanity than the war.

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Beautifully written and beautifully narrated

The story starts off slow, but very quickly picks up. It's loosely based on true war-time stories from the author's parents as they were in the RAF and the Wrens. The novel looks on both sides of the WW2: A woman in England and one in Germany and each chapter alternates between the 2 women and their stories. The chapter heading tells you the location and timestamp, so you're not lost. This story was truly gripping in that it grabbed my heart and compelled me to read on. I became invested in each of these women. Sometimes I wanted to shake my head at Magda, but she was lead by her huge heart for people. She didn't see people as 'my side vs the enemy', but rather all as human beings. Ms Rix kept you guessing about the events right up til the end and I was truly sorry the story didn't carry on longer. Jacqueline King, whom I knew as Mrs. Noble (Dr Who), narrated this book with warmth and compassion. I thought she nailed each of the characters in her voices. Her voice captured my imagination and held my attention to fully enjoy the story. I wholeheartedly recommend this book and will definitely look up other stories by both this author and narrator.

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Brilliant

Strong, independent, fierce women who found their true strength during the war...and found love

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Great period piece

I enjoyed this book so much and it really brought home both sides of the war and how people are caught in the middle! Well written and I enjoyed the reader!

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Character is boring and simplistic

The story ends somewhat disappointedly. it's hard to believe that everyone meets up after the war. The character, Imogen, is boring. She is a goody two shoes who does nothing wrong.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-01-06

Compelling

We often say if we were in certain situations we would do "this, that or the other." We really don't know though, do we? In the face of war, in the face of unimaginable circumstances this story takes place. We often hear so much negative about the German people during World War II, and in many cases, what we hear is warranted. However, what we don't often hear, or hear enough is the courageous stories of those Germans who risked everything to stand up against tyranny. Nor do we hear enough of the courageous women of that era, be they British, German, American or otherwise. This story ties all of that together in a compelling human drama set against the backdrop of one of this world's greatest moments of peril, tragedy, and triumph. Well worth reading!

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  • Jean
  • 2020-03-08

Based on a true Story

This is a historical fiction based on the wartime experiences of the author’s parents. The book is well written and researched. The story takes place during WWII and is about two girls: one English, Imogen, and the other German, Magda. The stories of the two girls are told separately and only unite at the ending. This is a different but dramatic approach in telling the story. Imogen and Magda grow up during the War and both hate the Nazis. It is a story of bravery and hope. It is an easy to read story. This is my first experience with both the author and the narrator. I highly recommend this story. The book is twelve hours and twenty-one minutes. Jacqueline King does a good job narrating the book. King is a British actress and audiobook narrator.

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  • Deborah Chavez
  • 2020-01-10

Incredible story based on true life events

The narrator is exceptionally talented and the author beautiful winds the lives of two young girls, one English and one German, together during WWII. A story of bravery, compassion, love and loss. You will be touched and inspired to be more like these two strong women, who despite the nightmare their countries, families and friends were involved in, did not wallow in self pity or despair, but fought to save the lives of others regardless of the danger it put them in. It makes one wonder at the difference in character between the youth of today and those during the great wars and leaves the reader wanting and hoping we would be able to find and act with that same strength if we are ever directly involved in a world war again. An Inspiring and beautiful love story based on the lives of real heroes and heroines. Listening made me want to be a better, less self absorbed, less selfish, braver and more generous person.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-12-30

Complete and amazing

This was a great book revealing the courage that some exhibited under terrible hardship and risk. I found the lead characters, two strong women, inspiring and only hope that I could have demonstrated such bravery, dignity, and strength under such awful circumstances. I was so pleased to learn that this was loosely based on real events. Listen and let the story and characters envelop you.

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  • Jennifer
  • 2019-12-27

Well researched and beautifully narrates

I really enjoyed this story. It wasn’t rushed, but rather allowed to evolved throughout the entire war. So often in this genre there isn’t enough time given to telling a complete story. Loved this book. I very much enjoyed the strong female characters and that the author resisted the trend to make them bright yet frustratingly naive.

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  • Henwhisperer
  • 2020-01-22

So so

Story wasn’t too bad. A little overly dramatic. Magda’s mother annoyed me with her whining and complaining. Jacqueline King did a good job with all the different accents.

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  • 2020-02-05

Innocents in war

The Secret Letter immersed us in wartime lives and how families tried to survive , showing both German and British sacrifices. There are continued struggles to hang onto optimism in the presence of very real cruelty. The characters are so real and so brave. I didn't want to put down the book.

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  • P Hendrickson
  • 2020-02-24

The Secret Letter

Wonderful book, giving such compassion to families caught in the horror of Nazi domination. The reader was great at showing passion to all the members of the family.

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  • paula wright
  • 2020-01-08

All and all a pretty good story

Several times in the first couple of chapters I almost returned the audio. I found the English girl silly and girlish and not having a clue. Just real boring the German girl the same age was so interesting and very brave and courageous. I continued because of her story I may try another book by the author

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2020-01-16

The Secret Letter

I really enjoyed this book. The characters were interesting and I enjoyed how the two girls lives surprisingly intersected. Well done!

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