• A Light in the Window

  • A Completely Gripping WW2 Historical Novel with a Heartbreaking Twist
  • By: Marion Kummerow
  • Narrated by: Stephanie Cannon
  • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (62 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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 proviso: 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 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. 

©2021 Marion Kummerow (P)2021 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

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Wonderful Story!

I loved the book and the historical references thrown in. I learned some facts about WWII that I didn't know and asked my 90 yr old mother if she was aware, (she is an avid reader), and she learned a few things too. The story had me listening to every free moment I had! Narration was well done. I am going to get the next book in the series!

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Food for thought

I really enjoyed this book. It’s different. I’ve listened to many world war 2 books yet this one shed some new light, a different perspective. There’s a lot of tug of war in thoughts and emotions of the characters…

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Light in The Window

This book was wonderful and the narrator was outstanding. The ending was clear and didn't leave it to the reader to figure it out. Definitely 5 Stars! Had me hooked from page 1 ! Looking forward to the next book in the series.

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Terrible

I have no idea how, or, why, I made it through this book! I held on to Hope it would get better. No such luck. The Author did a terrible job on this one. The story itself was so..unbelievable. I felt NO emotional attachment between any of the characters! Probably one of the worst books I've listened to this far. Save yourself the time and skip this one! And there is a sequel?!! Yikes.

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Heart pounding

My heart pounded as I waited to see what would happen next to these amazing people. Realistically written with characters that i could envision! Highly recommend this book and author!

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very good. intriguing

very good book. I wondered how she was going to save herself as there were people who knew Anna. was surprised at the solution.

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  • 06-22-22

Really good

I was hooked from the beginning of this book. love the story and the narrator.

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  • Marigold
  • 09-21-21

Excellent book written from an unusual angle


I loved the book and look forward to the next which I hope will inform me further. The plot was clever and woven into a very good story. I felt it opened my eyes as to the lengths to which the Jews had to go to hide. I really liked the style of the author.

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  • Cally
  • 09-05-21

Entertaining but average

I love stories from this time period. I didn't struggle to finish this but the characters were not well developed and story line a bit thin. not bad but many better books in this genre out there!