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Publisher Description

In her luminous and groundbreaking debut, New York Times bestselling author Pam Jenoff shows the unimaginable sacrifices one woman must make in a time of war

Nineteen-year-old Emma Bau has been married only three weeks when Nazi tanks thunder into Poland. Within days Emma’s husband is forced to disappear underground, leaving her alone in the Jewish ghetto. In the dead of night, the resistance smuggles her out and brings her to Krakow, where she takes on a new identity as Anna Lipowski, a gentile.

Emma’s already precarious situation is complicated by her introduction to Kommandant Richwalder, a high-ranking Nazi official who hires her to work as his assistant. As the atrocities of war intensify, Emma must make unthinkable choices that will force her to risk not only her double life, but also the lives of those she loves.

Look for Pam Jenoff’s new novel, The Woman with the Blue Star, an unforgettable story of courage and friendship during wartime.

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Fiction & Literature
September 27
MIRA Books
Harlequin Digital Sales Corporation

Customer Reviews

ginobasso ,

Kommandant’s Girl

Loved the intricacies of both the NAZI influence overtaking Germany & the efforts of the Resistance to block it, risking so much of their lives for the sake of others. A sombre work describing one possible tale of the War.

ScentofCoffee ,


The plot was not very believable. The characters are appealing, but lack depth. The author needed to do more research. Among other things, the details of daily life in Poland during the Nazi occupation are inaccurate.

The author writes a suspenseful story, but it just doesn’t ring true. The “resolution” at the end is both improbable and incomplete. Maybe she plans a sequel, but I am not interested enough to read it.

amycubs7 ,


Excellently written, with believable characters facing heart rending choices. The complexity of them is amazing. The story is rich with detail and moves quickly. We shall never forget what happened in WWII.

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