Genre: Historical Fiction
Format: Kindle ARC
No. of Pages: 254
Date of Publication: January 19, 2023
My Rating: 5 Stars
Dora Schaul has already lost everything, so she is not afraid to take any risk necessary to confront those responsible for killing those she loved. Now working for an underground network in France, Dora has already taken on dangerous missions, but what she is about to do now, working undercover as a secretary to the head of the Gestapo, Klaus Barbie, could truly place her in grave danger. Can she successfully accomplish her mission of getting the names of the SS to the British press and remain undetected while doing so?
Dora exhibited remarkable bravery while working undercover for Klaus Barbie, who was called the Butcher of Lyon and this proved how amazing she was. How brave and fearless she was. Despite danger at every turn, Dora found someone during these difficult times, and that was Alfred Benjamin. This gave her opportunities to work together with him as part of the the resistance. Dora and Albert developed a friendship that turned into love. This showed that there is a possibility that light can shine through the darkness.
This remarkable book by Ellie Midwood showed how far Dora went in order to work towards the end of the war. The fact that this remarkable book was based on the real life experiences of Dora Schaul, a true heroine, made it was easy to have great respect for her, as her initial desire to find justice for those she lost fueled her determination to continue on no matter the cost. No matter the danger.
The Undercover Secretary is the eighth book. I have had the privilege of reading by Ellie Midwood. Each and every book that I have read by her garnered five stars from me, and this latest book by this very talented author is yet another example of fabulous writing. This story clearly displays incredible research and talent, taking a story that takes place in one of the most difficult times in history and turning it into an unforgettable, remarkable read that just makes any reader wanting even more.
Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
In her free time, Ellie is a health-obsessed yoga enthusiast, neat freak, adventurer, Nazi Germany history expert, polyglot, philosopher, a proud Jew, and a doggie mama. Ellie lives in New York with her fiancé and their two dogs.