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The Polish Daughter: A completely heartbreaking and addictive World War Two historical fiction novel (The Secret Resistance Series)



Poland, 1944: Armed men line the streets and herd us forward as they pull people from the crowd. My heart pounds as I hear a familiar cry. They have my best friend. I desperately push through to her, to save her. But we are too densely packed in. I can’t hold back my sobs as she disappears from sight. I am too late…

When war broke out, 
Julia’s father, a high-ranking Polish officer, took her from Warsaw to keep her safe. Now her father is missing in action, Julia hasreturned home to find him and fight for the resistance—but the city is more dangerous than she ever thought it could be.

When she is trapped in the ghetto, Nazis shoving people into the streets all around her, Julia can only watch in horror as her dearest friend is dragged away. It seems 
she is about to suffer the same awful fate, until her childhood sweetheart, Nikolaj, appears in enemy uniform and stops the guards with one word.

Surely the boy Julia remembers would never side with the Germans? In the safety of his private room, he explains he is a resistance spy within the ranks of Nazi officers. But the longer he keeps her in the barracks, surrounded by his soldiers, the more Julia grows uneasy about the man she once knew…

Half-Jewish and with her father a wanted man, 
how safe can she be behind enemy lines? And, not knowing who to trust, will she ever be able to reunite with her captured friend, and her beloved father—or will the war tear them apart forever?

This utterly heartbreaking, unputdownable and inspiring historical fiction novel will have you reaching for the tissues. Perfect for fans of Orphan TrainThe Nightingale and The Tattooist of Auschwitz.


The Polish Daughter
Author:  Gosia Nealon
Series:  The Secret Resistance #3
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Historical Fiction 
Format:  Kindle ARC 
No. of Pages:   288
Date of Publication:   April 21, 2023
My Rating:   5 Stars 

Gosia Nealon continues her Secret Resistance series with The Polish Daughter. As this powerful story begins, Julia is a strong fighter when it comes to the Resistance. Heartbroken that her friend Natalia was one of countless taken by the Germans, Julia will go to any lengths to find her, even if it means taking defiant measures. 

Despite her fears, Julia soldiers on. When she soon sees someone from her past, Nikolaj, she feels she has reason for hope. However, it doesn’t take long for Julia to realize that Nikolaj is not the man she thought he was, and now she must find a way to ensure her safety and get back to working with the Resistance. 

Escape for Julia and others in her group, including Alek, is perilous, as the danger is constantly nipping at their heels. This story becomes one of hope as Julia and Alek fight hard to survive what was most certainly one of the darkest times in history. While WWII was coming to a close in this final book of an amazing trilogy, it was more than clear that the atrocities that Polish people faced was brutal and devastating. Gosia Nealon writes these books with flair, making each story, each character, each situation, so compelling, that these books were impossible to put down. 

Many thanks to Bookouture and to NetGalley for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.


While Gosia Nealon is a proud New Yorker, she was born and raised in Poland. Her journey to the Big Apple revealed a wealth of cultural differences, but also the values that connect us all. Like the fierce desire to protect family, find love, and ultimately, discover who we are and why we’re here. 

Gosia’s award-winning short stories have always delved into life’s biggest questions, but it was the drama, sacrifice, and tragedy of WWII that led her to pen her debut novel, which won a gold medal in the 2022 Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY).


Growing up in Poland, Gosia heard many firsthand accounts of the war, told from a perspective rarely captured in mainstream literature. She was compelled to breathe life into two young people falling in love in the midst of the most terrifying conflict of our time.


When Gosia isn’t tapping away at her laptop, she’s often walking the streets of New York. With her husband and two young sons in tow, they search for the most succulent pierogi, transporting them back to the cobbled streets of her childhood.


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