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About Marion Kummerow
USA Today Bestselling author of historical fiction.
Her books are filled with raw emotions, fierce loyalty and perpetual resilience.
She loves to put her characters through the mangle, making them reach deep within to find the strength to face moral dilemma, make difficult decisions or fight for what is right. And she never forgets to include humor and undying love in her books, because ultimately love is what makes the world go round.
Marion Kummerow was born and raised in Germany, before she set out to "discover the world" and lived in various countries. In 1999 she returned to Germany and settled down in Munich where she's now living with her family.
After dipping her toes with non-fiction books, she finally tackled the project dear to her heart. UNRELENTING is the story about her grandparents, who belonged to the German resistance and fought against the Nazi regime. It's a book about resilience, love and the courage to stand up and do the right thing.
To get a taste of her writing, you can download a free short story about a downed British airman here:
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When the Nazis destroyed all that Margarete Rosenbaum knew, taking everything and everyone she treasured, she prayed only to survive. Until chance allowed her to disguise herself as Annegret Huber, the daughter of a prominent Nazi.
As Annegret, Margarete had a moment of safety, but now the legacy of her false identity means she must make a devastating decision, and risk everything to save the lives of others.
Because the true Annegret and her family are dead, and the fortune is all hers – all Margarete’s. There is a grand house with crystal chandeliers, and a factory with fences built high and topped with cruel curls of barbed wire. Inside, the workers shiver, their faces gaunt from hunger. Margarete struggles to hide her gasp when—amongst the faces of the prisoners—she sees one that is achingly familiar.
Suddenly, she has hundreds of lives in her hands, including one who means more to her than anyone else left in the world. There’s no question that she must act. From that moment, Margarete is more than just a girl in hiding. She’s a girl who can save others. But in her new position of power, surrounded by the Nazi elite, every move she makes is being watched. Every mistake she makes could lead to disaster.
As the war tears through the country she loves, and turns the world dark, Margarete knows she can’t ignore her chance to stand up against evil. Even if it means risking her own life to save the innocents in her protection…
An absolutely gripping and devastating story about courage and sacrifice in the darkest days of war. Perfect for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, All the Light We Cannot See, and The Nightingale.
Readers are loving From the Dark We Rise:
“Wow… so amazingly captivating. I devoured this book in one sitting, unable to stop turning the pages… I had to read through non-stop to the end. I loved it… Breath-taking and intense… One unforgettable read. I wish I could give ten stars… Wow, just wow, I’m totally speechless… Phenomenal.” PageTurners Blog ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Absolutely gripping and devastating… The book feels like a race against time. Will Margarete be discovered? Will she be able to make a difference? Will she live? A WWII page-turner that I loved until the last minute.” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I devoured this book within about a 24-hour period… Gut-wrenching scenes… I felt really tense as I was reading… There is heartache and hope and at times I felt as if I could hardly take a breath.” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Totally immersing… Pure escapism… If you enjoyed Schindler’s List and love a fast-paced 5-star historical fiction featuring a strong female protagonist, this book needs to be on your radar.
Berlin, 1941: Margarete Rosenbaum is working as a housemaid for a senior Nazi officer when his house is bombed, leaving her the only survivor. But when she’s mistaken for his daughter in the aftermath of the blast, Margarete knows she can make a bid for freedom…
Issued with temporary papers—and with the freedom of not being seen as Jewish—a few hours are all she needs to escape to relative safety. That is, until her former employer’s son, SS officer Wilhelm Huber, tracks her down.
But strangely he doesn’t reveal her true identity right away. Instead he insists she comes and lives with him in Paris, and seems determined to keep her hidden. His only condition: she must continue to pretend to be his sister. Because whoever would suspect a Nazi girl of secretly being a Jew?
His plan seems impossible, and Margarete is terrified they might be found out, not to mention worried about what Wilhelm might want in return. But as the Nazis start rounding up Jews in Paris and the Résistance steps up its activities, putting everyone who opposes the regime in peril, she realizes staying hidden in plain sight may be her only chance of survival…
Can Margarete trust a Nazi officer with the only things she has left though… her safety, her life, even her heart?
A totally heartbreaking and unputdownable story about how far someone would go to save one life, that fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, The Nightingale and All the Light We Cannot See will adore.
Readers are loving A Light in the Window:
‘Wonderful, wonderful… I was blown away by this book. I couldn’t put it down. I ignored everything and everyone until I finished it.” Nicki’s Book Blog, 5 stars
“Blew me away… You get engulfed in the storytelling until the end!… Perfect!… I loved this book – I lost my whole day reading – just couldn't bear to put it down!” NetGalley reviewer
“I can’t put into words how incredible A Light in the Window is… Extraordinary, well written, beautiful story.” Goodreads reviewer
“This story was heartbreaking and riveting. I was up until wee hours of the morning reading it. It couldn’t put it down until I found out what was happening next.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
“Emotional… Will pull at your heart strings with each turn of the page.” Spooky’s Maze of Books, 5 stars
“A poignant love story… beautifully written and rich with emotion… It is a story about courage and sacrificial love that I found really beautiful and one I highly recommend.
Margarete lives as Annegret Huber would have, in a beautiful rural mansion by a forest in northern Germany. She is the heiress to the entire Huber fortune—one which she has devastatingly discovered includes a factory and Nazi prison camp. Margarete has done everything she can to help improve conditions there, and to reduce suffering for the prisoners who remind her so much of her own lost family and friends.
However, as the war rages on and the Nazis become more brutal in their treatment of Jews, she realizes she must do more. She has to help the prisoners escape to real safety, because they will never survive in Hitler’s Germany.
She’s heard of a route to freedom through Sweden. Although that means secretly reaching out to the resistance. With the risk of betrayal at every turn, her enquiries lead her to a man named Stefan, who she instantly feels a powerful connection to. But she fears he will never trust her… unless she reveals the secret that keeps her safe.
At the same time, a Nazi officer begins to show romantic interest in her, making it harder to keep her identity a secret. His loyalty to the party is beyond question, so if he finds her out, not only will her plan be at risk, but also her life and those of everyone she cares for.
But can she let that fear stop her from saving others? Because she knows she herself could so easily be one of the faces on the other side of the fence. And that, in the darkest times, sometimes the only person who can rise up is the girl in the shadows…
The powerful third novel in Marion Kummerow’s bestselling Margarete’s Journey series is an unforgettable and devastating story, perfect for fans of The Nightingale, The Lilac Girls, and All the Light We Cannot See.
Readers love Marion Kummerow:
“Awesome!!... WOW… Completely and utterly amazing… I cannot explain how much I enjoyed reading this… I highly highly recommend this story!!… Simply amazing!!” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Absolutely gripping and devastating… A race against time. Will Margarete be discovered? Will she be able to make a difference? Will she live? A WWII page-turner that I loved until the last minute.” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Wonderful, wonderful… I was blown away… I couldn’t put it down. I ignored everything and everyone until I finished it.” Nicki’s Book Blog ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“I devoured this book within about a 24-hour period… Gut-wrenching… I felt really tense as I was reading… At times I felt as if I could hardly take a breath.
All they had left was each other. Until the Nazis tore them apart.
After years of hiding from the Nazis, Rachel Epstein and her little sister Mindel are captured by the Gestapo and sent to the concentration camp at Bergen-Belsen. The only ray of light for either girl is that they are together.
But on arrival they are separated. As she’s seventeen and deemed an adult, Rachel is sent to work in a brutal factory whilst four-year-old Mindel is sent into the so-called “star” camp for Jewish prisoners. All on her own, Rachel knows her sister will have no chance of survival—unless she can find someone to take care of her.
Working in the windowless, airless factory—filling munitions casings with chemicals that burn her fingers and make her eyes sting—the only thing that keeps Rachel going is the thought of her little sister. Because if there’s even a chance Mindel is alive, Rachel knows she must try to save her.
But, separated by barbed wire, and treated brutally by SS guards who do not even see them as human beings, can either of the orphaned sisters ever dare to hope that they’ll find their way back to each other? And to freedom?
A completely heartbreaking, utterly gripping tale of courage, loss and overcoming impossible odds, perfect for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, The Ragged Edge of Night and The Orphan’s Tale.
Readers are loving Not Without My Sister:
“Incredible… I couldn’t stop reading… It would be a great movie… [It] made me cry.” Rachel Wesson ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“So emotional, heartbreaking… I couldn’t even put this book down and I got so engrossed into the book that I didn’t even realize until I came to the end!… Grab your tissues because this book will make you cry… Unputdownable historical fiction!” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“It made me weep… a roller coaster of emotions.” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“[A] beautiful, heart-breaking story… a poignant story that will tug at even the most hardened heart strings, with beautifully drawn characters, and filled with raw emotion, it’s a book that will stay with you long after you’ve reached the last page.” The Book Review Café
“By the end of the story I was crying… gripping… A must read!” jasminegalsreadinglog ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“A heartbreaking read that brought tears to my eyes… Both beautiful and harrowing.” Goodreads reviewer ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
“Heart-wrenching… such an emotional read, have your tissues ready.
"Well-researched, dramatic, and heartbreaking, this tale is historical fiction at its very best." ~ Alexa Kang, USA Today bestselling author of the Rose of Anzio series
Inspired by true historical events, From the Ashes is the unforgettable story of a tortured man, torn between his ideals, the iron fist of Stalinism and the woman he loves.
World War II is over, but another battle has just begun…
Marlene has no love lost for the Soviet occupying forces, who turn out to be every bit as cruel as the Nazis were. Living in constant fear of the Russian soldiers, she works in a hospital to make ends meet, where she meets Werner, a cold-hearted career politician.
Werner, a German émigré to Moscow, returns to his hometown with the highest hopes for a better future. Sent by the communist party to bring freedom, wealth and happiness to the people, he’s soon caught in a moral conflict between loyalty to his party and his conscience.
When Marlene criticizes the communist regime, she becomes the target of powerful men. Oblivious to the danger for her own life, she refused to back down, and there’s only one thing Werner can do to save her life: defy the party line.
But will he be able to shed decades of indoctrination for the woman he loves? And what will become of him if he does? Because those who speak up against the regime, usually find themselves on a train to Siberia or worse.
From the bestselling author of the 'War Girls Series' comes this nail-biting story about Berlin sliding into the Cold War.
Readers who loved From the Ashes:
"Once again as with all of Marion Kummerow’s books this author has taken a moment in history which was pivotal in the geopolitical tensions of post-war Europe between the Soviet Union and the Western Powers." - Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"An excellent read! Gripped my imagination on the first page and never let go... The twists and turns of the narrative will surprise you as will the ending, and you definitely would want to learn what is in store for them and other not less interesting characters who populate this absorbing story in the next book promised by the author. I can’t recommend it highly enough." - Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Cabaret singer Bruni uses men strictly for her own benefit – no love involved. Keeping good relations with the decision-makers of all four Occupying Powers gives her a better life than the average Berliner, but this is about to change when the Soviets clamp down on all traffic between Berlin and the Western zones.
Victor, a gifted American engineer, has been tasked to do the impossible: to build a new airport for Berlin from scratch. Without much more than starving workers and shovels, can he win the race to feed the population before winter sets in and all construction must come to a halt?
When the two of them first meet, it’s love at first sight. But while Bruni doesn’t do love, Victor is looking for a woman to marry. Will he be able to convince her that he’s the right man for her?
Readers raved about On the Brink:
"There are many things I appreciate about Marion Kummerow’s work, and one of them is that she does her research! I have a deep appreciation for the effort she puts into not only crafting a fabulous story but respecting historical details and flavors. I also appreciate that many of her novels are part of a series for addicts like me, but they are written in such a manner that they can also be stand-alone books. On the Brink, the second book in her Berlin Fractured series, is a can’t-miss!" - Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"On the Brink, book two of the Berlin Fractured series, is a masterfully written and exciting portrayal that incorporates intrigue, mystery, suspense, and romance during the Berlin Airlift." - Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"On The Brink grabs you right from the start... [it] will be your new favorite book." - Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
In a time of political unrest and strife, one man finds the courage to fight back...
Dr. Wilhelm "Q" Quedlin, chemical engineer and inventor, lives for his science. A woman is not in his plans—nor is it to be accused of industrial espionage.
But things get worse from there.
Watching Hitler's rise to power spurs his desire to avoid yet another war that will completely destroy his beloved country. Q makes the conscious decision to fight against what he knows is wrong, even if working against the Nazis could mean certain death for him— and anyone he loves.
Hilde Dremmer has vowed to never love again. But after encountering Q, she wants to give love a second chance.
When Q discloses his resistance plan, it’s up to Hilde to choose between her protected life without him or the constant threat of torture if she supports him in his fight against injustice.
She has witnessed enough of the Nazi government's violent acts to be appalled by the new political power, but will this be enough for an ordinary girl to do the extraordinary and stand beside the man she loves in a time of total desolation?
This World War II spy story is based on the true events of one couple's struggle for happiness while battling a war against their own leaders.
People who loved Unrelenting:
"Marion Kimmerow has a way with words." - Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"If I had known it was going to be so good, I would have started sooner!" - Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"The character development and the suspense makes the book one you do not want to put down." - Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This book is a must-read for everyone wondering how an entire nation could slide from democracy to totalitarian dictatorship ultimately killing millions of "undesirables" whose only crime was having a different faith, skin color or political opinion.
Two lovers, separated by politics. How far is one woman willing to go to save the only love she’s ever known?
Bruni, a singer and entertainer in Berlin after World War 2 thought she had it all: a career, raving fans, good friends, and an American soldier she loves.
But good things aren’t always meant to last.
When her fiancé is injured in a hit-and-run accident and flown out to Wiesbaden, Bruni knows that she must do everything in her power to find him. If he leaves Germany before they are married, she might never see him again.
But this is post-war Berlin, and the Soviets have throttled all traffic between the city and West Germany by land and by water. Her only way out is to find a truck driver willing to smuggle her across the Soviet occupied zone.
Enter Otto, a good-hearted small-time criminal. In a bid to do his part against the Soviets, he smuggles food and goods across the border while making a simple living doing it. So when a Bruni offers him to a generous sum to give her a lift across, he doesn’t think twice.
However, Bruni is not the only forbidden cargo on board. When Otto discovers that his truck has been planted with stolen antiques, he knows that this journey will be no simple feat. Especially when he has the Soviet army on his tail.
Can these two unlikely allies find a way to escape the death sentence that follows them? Will Bruni be reunited with her only true love?
The year is 1948.
The city is Berlin.
The post-war elation is rapidly losing its glow. Soviet "assistance" begins to resemble a dictatorship; food, and supplies grow scarce, and the conflict-ravaged city struggles with basic survival.
In an atmosphere of universal suspicion and fear, Zara's life is harder than most. As the daughter of a Nazi war criminal, her every step is monitored by the new ruling powers.
Despite her father's sins, she manages to carve out a slice of hope. Emigrating to Western Germany, she finds work, purpose, and - most importantly - freedom.
And now she risks losing everything she has built.
Glenn is a maverick in the US AirForce. Flying is his life - he isn't looking for romance. When he first encounters Zara, it seems like just another harmless flirtation. But there is something about her - something that breaks through to his battle-hardened heart.
When Glenn's plane crashes in Soviet territory, he’s taken to their hospital - and if he refuses to give up state secrets, his life could be forfeit.
Zara has information that could save the man she loves. But how can one woman succeed where the US AirForce has failed?
By giving up her own flesh and blood.
Read this heart-stopping story of kidnapping, betrayal, sacrifice, and redemption today.
Readers LOVE this story of Hope and Redemption! - See what they said about In the Skies:"Like Marion Kummerow’s other work, this book is masterfully written! All of the storylines expertly come together, and, as always, Kummerow has done diligent research to maintain historical integrity and flavor." - Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"The book was filled with suspense, excitement, romance and courage. The book held my interest from the first page to the last page. I really enjoyed reading this book and I would highly recommend it." - Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"Once I started, I couldn’t put this book down." - Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
After Wilhelm Quedlin takes Hilde Dremmer as his bride, his heart is content and filled with love but his life becomes much more complicated. As he’s pulled deeper and deeper into his intelligence work, Q feels as if what he is doing, how he is contributing to the espionage of war, isn’t enough.
More than once he’s ready to give up, but Hilde urges him to continue, to stay true to himself. She quietly bears all the hardship that war has brought to ordinary people like them until one day the unimaginable happens and she too wants out.
But fate wanted them to stay and fight...
Suddenly inspiration strikes: Q devises a plan to cause a devastating blow to Hitler’s regime – assassinate a key player in his organization. One life in exchange for millions of lives saved. In Q’s mind it seems simple but war is always complicated.
Q’s plan may have a rippling affect that could potentially end the war and affect change around the world. But can he go through with it? Does Q have the courage to pull it off? Or will the looming fear that it will not only ruin him but also harm his family cause him to abandon the plan altogether?
Readers who loved Unyielding:
"An excellent novel, keeping history alive." - Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"Ms. Kummerow’s writing is always excellent and this book is no different." - Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"The suspense and intriguing story as presented by the author on a true event puts one in the story. You are on the edge of your seat with every page." - Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
freedom becomes a distant memory…
Wilhelm Quedlin’s plan to change the tide of the war is thwarted when he is arrested. And, making matters worse, with the arrest of his wife, Hilde, the fate of their children is thrown into chaos. The situation is desperate and the circumstances become even more dire when Q finds out who was behind his capture and imprisonment.
Yet hope remains...
In the midst of their situation, Q and Hilde are encouraged when they meet like-minded political prisoners in the penitentiary and rumors of reprieval make the rounds.
Despite darkness and despair looming in the distance, their hope never fades.
Will they evade the inevitable and come out unscathed by the claws of the Gestapo?
Readers who love Unwavering:
"I feel privileged to know the names of these bravest heroes and they have filled my soul with inspiration and heart with unrelenting justice. Thank you for sharing this story, it will stay with me forever." - Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"...I was so caught up in the characters, their lives, their hopes and dreams that I was mesmerized to the very end. Knowing that these books were based on true characters and historical times only made for a more intriguing read. I recommend this trilogy to anyone who wishes to lose themselves in a great story." - Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"I feverishly delved through the books craving for the story to unfold and be told. I immediately fell in love with the characters, their lives and their cause. This trilogy does tug at your heart strings but is based on the true story of the author's grandparents throughout the Holocaust and their daring secretive work for the resistance. This story is definitely worth the read!" - Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
…which way will she choose?
Nurse Anna is making the career of her dreams, working for the most renowned medicine professor in Germany.
But her happiness is shattered the moment she stumbles upon a ghastly secret the Nazis are hiding from the world.The tuberculosis vaccine everyone is desperate to find is tested on mentally disabled children not mice.
Looking away is not an option…
…because Anna is ordered to do the ugly bidding.
Now she has to choose:
- between her ambition or her conscience
- between possibly saving millions or the suffering of a few
- between following orders or endangering her family
Can Anna find a way out or will the suffering of innocents haunt her forever?
If you enjoy reading about moral dilemmas, tough decisions, and overcoming great evil, you’ll love this fast-paced book in the War Girls Saga.
Reader who loved reading War Girls: Anna:
"Good read. It captured my attention enough to read it in a single day." - Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"I absolutely love this series! In fact, I couldn't put this book down." - Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
"What I love about this book is that it doesn’t sugar coat the evil that happened during WWII, but makes it real." - Goodreads Reviewer, ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
All books in this series are stand-alone, although characters from previous books make appearances in future books.