A Light in the Window A Light in the Window
Book 1 - Margarete's Journey

A Light in the Window

A completely gripping WW2 historical novel with a heartbreaking twist

    • 4.1 • 132 Ratings
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Publisher Description

Margarete stumbles out of the bombed-out house, the dust settling around her like snow. Mistaking her for the dead officer’s daughter, a guard rushes over to gently ask her if she is all right and whether there’s anything he can do to help her. She glances down at where the hated yellow star had once been, and with barely a pause, she replies “Yes”.

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, wonderfulI 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

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.” Christian Novel Review, 5 stars

HeartwrenchingA compelling read you won’t want to put down. It draws you in and has you questioning the moral dilemma of whether one human life is worth more than another… A tale that is heartbreaking as well as intriguing.” Confessions of a Bookaholic

I was hooked from the first to the last page, holding my breath… You will feel that you are in France and Berlin… The pages flew byA read that will stay with me for a long time.” Goodreads reviewer

I love those books that REALLY make you think! It’s not just a story. It’s a moral compass check-in point… I can always count on Marion Kummerow to pen a compelling historical fiction novel that grabs my attention, holds it and rewards me.” Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Beautiful. Poignant. Heart rending. Stunning. Hopeful. Astounding. A wonderful, nuanced, beautifully written story about love and hope in the darkest of times.” NetGalley reviewer, 5 stars

Fiction & Literature
July 20
Carmelite House

Customer Reviews

Old guy in Fla ,

A Light in the Window by Marion Kummerow

OMG! This is a harrowing & suspenseful page turner about a young Jewish prisoner made slave maid to the Herr Huber family in Berlin during the early 1940s! He is a high ranking SS Officer‼️😱. It is beautifully & sensitively written by Marion Kummerow & I highly recommend it for your next choice of a WWII-genre novel!

The author’s mix of historical data & fictional characters makes it all seem as though you are right there in Berlin & Paris living amidst the horror of WWII ‼️

After an RAF bomb falls on the Huber house, Margarete is the only one to survive & to save her own life assumes the identity of Annegret, their spoiled & cruel daughter! After being rescued from the rubble by a soldier, she fleeS the city with Anne’s ID papers! Tortured by fright of discovery, Margarete/Anne moves several times & ends up in Paris!

She eventually meets Wilhelm Huber, son of the dead family & an SS Officer! Grab your copy of A Light in the Window & hang on to your seat as Margarete jumps around the many twists & turns in her fight to survive while surrounded by the enemies of her people! Ms Kummerow deserves my 5-star rating & just know you’ll agree‼️ 👏👍.

Carol R.

Moosech ,

Phenomenal Historical Fiction

It’s 1941 and World War II is raging on and Margarete Rosenbaum is working as a housemaid for a senior Nazi officer. When the house she is working in gets bombed, she is the only survivor. Margarete is mistaken for the officer’s daughter, and she sees it as her opportunity to finally be free. But, when her former employer’s son, Willhem Huber tracks her down he keeps her identity a secret. He wants her to move to Paris with him as his sister. He will go to great lengths to protect her. Wow, this story was so unbelievably amazing, that I almost don’t know what to say. I was so amazed by the endurance, risks and courage people will do to change a life. To protect the one you love and make it through one of the most difficult times in history, is so well written in this story, it will have you flying through the pages unable to stop until the very end. This unforgettable must read, is one that will definitely stick with you long after you finish reading it. This book absolutely needs to be on the top of your to be read pile.

Thank you Marion Kummerow for another emotional and wonderfully written story. The characters were relatable and I highly recommend this book, it was absolutely amazing.

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