Monday, April 3, 2023

BLOG TOUR - The Polish Wife


Germany, 1934. Surrounded by beautiful wedding china, we share our first dinner alone as husband and wife. But, instead of sharing affections, all he talks of is his admiration for Hitler. I force a smile, but my blood runs cold. How can I stay with him, now I know what he truly is?

Six years later. When Anna is approached by the Polish resistance while sheltering in Warsaw, she is eager for the chance to fight against German occupation. Managing a network of spies behind the façade of a café for enemy soldiers will mean risking everything. But, after fleeing her fanatical Nazi husband only for war to follow close behind, Anna can’t run any more.

Every conversation she overhears between the unsuspecting officers at the café brings back awful memories of the Nazi her husband became and makes her more determined to do what is right. Spending more time with the resistance behind the scenes, she grows close to them all—especially a brilliant young doctor with deep hazel eyes called Mateusz, who shows her a kindness she has never known.

As they work together, Anna can’t help imagining what life would be like with him, instead of the man she is tied to. But one day her dreams of a future with Mateusz, and freedom for her country, are shattered. Her husband has tracked her down.

Terrified, Anna knows that living as his wife again is her chance to gather information that could help end the war. But can she keep her nerve long enough to spy on her own husband? And with such a high-ranking enemy officer watching her every move, can she protect Mateusz, the man truly she loves, from the firing line?

This is a totally inspiring and gripping page-turner that you will not be able to put down. Fans of The Alice NetworkThe Tattooist of Auschwitz, and My Name is Eva will fall in love with this heartbreaking tale.


The Polish Wife
Author:  Gosia Nealon
Series:  The Secret Resistance, #2
Publisher:  Bookouture 
Genre:   Historical Fiction 
Format:  Kindle ARC 
No. of Pages:   293
Date of Publication:   March 31, 2023
My Rating:   5 Stars 

Anna did her best to leave her husband. His growing devotion to Hitler was far more than she could bear. When an opportunity presents itself to fight against the German occupation, Anna takes on a pivotal role. Anna hopes to always stay a step ahead of her husband, so she finds more than one challenge facing her. 

Strong and determined, Anna refuses to let up, and her crafty nature really helps her to not only avoid her husband, but also to further her efforts to thwart the Germans. Anna finds something - or someone - that lifts her even more. That person is in the name of Mateusz, a young doctor to whom she can’t help but grow to close to. 

While married, Anna experienced unspeakable abuse, so facing her husband again would no doubt be more than daunting. As if their marriage problems were not enough, they were indeed enemies on an entirely different level. Working for and with spies is dangerous indeed, but Anna soldiers on. 

I loved Anna in this book. Her strength, her character, and the measures she takes makes her someone to admire, no matter the danger that was always on her heel. Having dealt with heartbreak for so long, I was rooting for Anna every step of the way. This book was a remarkable read and was 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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