1944, the Second World War continues and Jewish Margarete is still pretending to be Annegret Gruber, an Aryan German. But her true identity is threatened to be revealed by a high ranking Nazi and danger finally catches up with her…
Daughter of the Dawn is the fourth book to feature the story of Margarete, a Jewish woman living under an assumed identity in Nazi Germany. We are quickly caught up on the plotline from previous books in the opening chapter so it would work as a stand alone novel if necessary,
The tension which has been explicit through the previous books continues as Margarete attempts to protect others from their fate in the extermination camps. Her own position is precarious as she struggles to maintain her secret identity yet she constantly puts herself at risk for the sake of others.
I genuinely cared about Margarete’s character and wanted to beg her to stay safe for a few more months until the end of the war. She has finally found some happiness and love which offers a glimmer of hope during the dark times described in the book. The emotional side of the characters balances against the fear and tension that Margarete and her friends experience as a result of the brutal Nazi ideology.
Daughter of the Dawn is a fine ending to this historical saga and I enjoyed following Margarete’s journey.
I have previously reviewed the three earlier books in the series: A Light in the Window and From the Dark We Rise, The Girl in the Shadows.
Daughter of the Dawn book description:
1944, Germany: The war is still raging, as a young woman named Margarete hides from the Nazis in plain sight. With each day that passes, she takes more risks. But will one of those risks ultimately take her to the most evil place on earth?
After a bombing led to her identity being mistaken, Margarete Rosenbaum has been living disguised as one of the Nazis themselves, for almost the entire war.
But secretly—aided by Stefan, a resistance fighter she’s becoming impossibly drawn to—she is trying to liberate the Jewish workers sent to work on the land she’s inherited, and to sabotage the work of the factory she’s meant to be in charge of.
She knows that every day she is risking her life. But she also knows what she has to do. Because it could be her on the other side of the barbed wire fence. And for every person she saves from the Nazis, it’s worth it.
Until she is discovered. And to protect the people she had been helping, she knows she must accept her fate. Even when they send her to the very place she’s hoped to save her prisoners from: Auschwitz… Where no one comes out alive. As the war moves towards its brutal end, will she survive to see Stefan again?
A totally heartbreaking story about courage, love and betrayal, perfect for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, Beneath a Scarlet Sky and All the Light We Cannot See.
Marion Kummerow was born and raised in Germany, before she set out to “discover the world” and lived in various countries. In 1999 she returned to Germany and settled down in Munich where she’s now living with her family.
Inspired by the true story about her grandparents, who belonged to the German resistance and fought against the Nazi regime, she started writing historical fiction, set during World War II. Her books are filled with raw emotions, fierce loyalty and resilience. She loves to put her characters through the mangle, making them reach deep within to find the strength to face moral dilemma, take difficult decisions or fight for what is right. And she never forgets to include humor and undying love in her books, because ultimately love is what makes the world go round.
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