Going back all the way to last year, historical fiction has been all the craze. From The Home for Unwanted Girls to The Tattooist of Auschwitz and everything in between, we are fully on the historical fiction bandwagon and it’s showing no signs of slowing down any time soon!
This week’s 50 Book Pledge Featured Read is the next in a long, long line of incredible historical fiction books released so far this year. Are you ready to learn some more about this incredible book? Let’s dive in!
Let’s set the scene: Wisconsin graduate student Mildred Fish has married German economist Arvid Harnack, and they have moved back to Germany to getting start on a promising life together. After all, 1930s Berlin has a thriving intellectual culture, and the newlyweds are looking forward to creating a life filled with love, happiness, friendship, and rewarding work. Unfortunately, however, life has other plans…
As we all know, the Nazis began their rise to power at exactly the same time. As Hitler and his Nazi Party wield violence and lies to seize power, Mildred, Arvid, and their group of friends vow to resist the fascist uprising. While Mildred gathers her American contacts – contacts that include Martha Dodd, daughter of the US ambassador – her German friends, author Greta Kuckoff and literature student Sara Weitz, risk their lives to collect information from journalists, military officers, and high-ranking officials within the Nazi regime.
Together, the group of resistance fighters worked to destroy the Third Reich from within its own party. When a Nazi radio operative picks up on an errant Russian signal, however, the Harnack resistance cell is exposed, their plans are thrown out the window, and their lives are in grave danger. Inspired by the true story of Mildred Fish Harnack and her circle of women friends who waged a clandestine battle against Hitler in Nazi-era Berlin, Resistance Women is an enthralling, unforgettable look at the story of ordinary people determined to resist the rise of evil, who sacrificed their own lives to fight injustice and defend the oppressed.
What do you think, Savvy Readers? What was the last historical fiction book that you read? What’s your favourite work of historical fiction? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @SavvyReader!
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