The Secret Letter: Gripping and heartbreaking WW2 historical fiction / Debbie Rix

Germany, 1939. A tumbledown farmhouse, on the outskirts of a close-knit village in the heart of the rolling hills of Bavaria. A once happy family home torn apart by Nazi rule. And one young girl who refuses to give up on what she believes in…

2018: When ninety-four-year-old Imogen receives a letter addressed to her in neat, unfamiliar handwriting, she notices the postmark is stamped from Germany – and it sends shivers down her spine…

1939:Thirteen-year-old Magda is devastated by the loss of her best friend, shy and gentle Lotte, cruelly snatched from her and sent to a concentration camp – the Star of David sewn on her faded, brown coat. As the Nazi’s power takes hold, Magda realizes she’s not like the other girls in her German village - she hates the fanatical new rules of the Hitler Youth. So Magda secretly joins The White Rose Movement and begins to rebel against the oppressive, frightening world around her.

But when an English RAF pilot lands in a field near Magda’s home she is faced with an impossible choice: to risk the lives of her family or to save a stranger and make a difference in the war she desperately wants to end.

Meanwhile in England,Fifteen-year-oldImogen is torn from her family and evacuated to the Lake District, a haven of safety away from the war raging across Europe. All she has to connect her to the bombs and the battles are the letters she writes to her loved ones. Little does she know, on the other side of the enemy line, her fate rests on the actions of one girl who will change her life forever…

Why readers are falling in love with The Secret Letter:

‘It actually blew my mind… I was turning pages like there was no tomorrow. I was so invested in what happened next… I couldn't read fast enough and find out what happened to Imogen or Magda next…I highly recommend this book if you fancy a well-researched historical fiction.’ Goodreads reviewer

‘Well I read this in 24 hours, what better compliment can I give it!... The book was a page turner (with a few twists and turns along the way), well researched (with further reading at the back if you want to learn more) and loosely based on a true story. I will definitely look out for Debbie Rix in the future!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘Wow... what a book. I was gobsmacked at how good it was - expertly written, an engaging story…I run a historical book club and this will be a definite pick for us to discuss.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

It pulled me in right from the start, and I just couldn't put it down…I found this novel to be beautifully written, and I was a little sad to reach the end… I can't wait to read more from this author!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘This story was beautifully written and hooked me immediately… I was enthralled with the story all the way to the end and stayed up too late reading, but it was worth it!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

‘An absolutely beautiful historical fiction on WW2… This really stayed true to the emotions of the war it was so beautifully written, and it really moved meA marvellous, marvellous read!’My Eclectic Bookshelf, 5 stars

‘A fabulous historical fiction novelfascinatinga great read with truly like-able, relatable, and strong women that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Gripping and heartfelt.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

A beautiful story about the war told from both sides two young girls whose lives have been changed by WW2... I can honestly say this is a wonderful book and well worth 5 stars (should be more) a fabulous book.’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars
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