I picked this novel due to its resistance theme. The resistance played a huge part of the defeat of the Nazi’s in WW2 and I wanted to feature a novel that centred around German resistance, which can be rare in the WW2 fiction genre. Enjoy x
Unrelenting by Marion Kummerow
This novel is particularly atmospheric due to it being written by a German writer and being set in pre-war Germany. I felt that the writer had a true and clear picture of the build up to ww2. This novel got me really deep in thought and in some ways has changed everything I believed about the build up to the war. It is difficult after reading this story of German resistance and the German citizens side of the story, not to see the that the Nazi ideology firstly occupied its own country! This novel breaks down German society both prior to war and once Hitler & his party got their firm grip on power. It’s educational and gripping.
At the root of the novel is a love story between Hilde & Q. I absolutely adored the character of Q and found him very captivating with his resistance beliefs. Their story is one of a budding relationship amongst the backdrop of the growing Nazi party. It deals with many themes of: German citizens living in fear, accusations, suspicion and a terrifying sense of trouble brewing! It also manages to cover the crippling effects of the reparations from ww1 and the very feeling of poverty, despair and shame within society that gave Hitler his audience. No doubt it covers the harsh reality of living under a Nazi regime and how anti-Semitism effects everyone involved and divides all citizens, even family members. Trust was a real issue and you get a real feel for the temptation to join a party whose beliefs you can’t relate to, in order to secure a better standing in society for yourself etc.
Ultimately we are left hoping that the relationship between Hilde & Q can survive, despite the restraints of the era. Although it could be labelled as the romance genre, that shouldn’t take away from the fact that the historical facts are massively on point. I am not a romance fan, but I hugely rate this novel.
This novel is incredibly well written and well researched. I also can’t wait to read the next in the series. I have a deep suspicion my book crush for Q may grow! J
Unrelenting is available on kindle Ebook store for the bargain price of £3.05.
Berlin, Germany 1932. In a time of political unrest and strife, one man finds the courage to fight back…
Dr. Wilhem “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 spurns 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.
Q&A with the lovely author Marion to follow 🙂