Daughter of the Dawn is the fourth and final instalment in the Margarete’s Journey series by Marion Kummerow. Although I haven’t read the earlier three books in the series, this made an excellent stand-alone read.
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.
My Review of Daughter Of The Dawn
Margarete Rosenbaum is living life as Annegret Huber, to hide her Jewish identity and continue to shelter the Jewish workers in her care.
When a high-ranking German officer, discovers her identity and starts to blackmail her for money, Margarete must do all her can to keep things as they are. When money starts to run out, she returns to Berlin to sell her jewelry and that’s when things start to go really wrong and the worst happens.
While her life is in terrible danger, she worries about the lives of the others in her care including Stefan, the man she is in love with. Will he come through and take care of the estate and workers?
This is a such a moving story of goodness, love and sacrifice in the face of grave danger, personal risk and loss. The theme of this emotional story is that the human spirit can indeed prevail and triumph over evil.
Great writing makes this an absolute page-turner.
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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