The Austrian Bride
The BRAND NEW heartbreaking WWII novel from Helen Parusel for 2024
by Helen Parusel
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Pub Date 15 Jan 2024 | Archive Date 15 Jan 2024
A powerful and unforgettable story of the strength of women and the unwavering courage of those who seek a better world.
After years of hardship, Ella is full of hope for a better future for Austrians, and when Hitler marches into Linz, she can’t help but become swept up in the euphoria of her boyfriend, Max.
But she soon realises her mistake. When she witnesses a woman being shot in the street and a childhood friend’s Jewish department store is closed down, she knows she must do something.
It’s a dangerous time to be a resistor, especially when her fascist boyfriend proposes to her. Knowing the secrets she can uncover, Ella enlists in a Reich Bride School, finding herself propelled into the social elite of the Nazi circle.
Ella knows she has a duty – to her family, her friends, and her country – so while Europe teeters on the brink of WW2, a desperate race begins to save the people she loves. But betraying the Nazis could be her death sentence…
Fans of Suzanne Goldring, Mandy Robotham and Debbie Rix will devour this heartbreaking tale.
'Pacy, twisty and emotional... a beautiful page-turner ... I highly recommended it.' Amanda Geard, author of The Midnight House
‘This novel is a true page turner, as well as being a heart-wrenching, emotional story of one of the darkest chapters of history ...first class research and captivating story-telling!' Louise Fein, author of People Like Us
'I adored The Austrian Bride ... The story is poignant and compelling - and what an ending: wow! ... A brilliant story with a powerful message. I wholeheartedly recommend it.' Gill Thompson, author of The Child on Platform One
'...an amazing, edge of your seat, nail bitting, heart racing read.' netgalley reviewer
'Wow, what a powerful book ... absolutely heartbreaking but also beautiful at points.' netgalley reviewer
'The Austrian Bride is a heart warming story... of family, trust, love, loss, courage, friendship and above all bravery to do the right thing.' netgalley reviewer
'a heart-breaking but, oh, so wonderfully powerful and important read.' netgalley reviewer