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Publisher's Summary

Instant New York Times best seller!

Inspired by the real-life heroine who saved thousands of Jewish children during WWII, The Warsaw Orphan is Kelly Rimmer’s most anticipated novel since her best-selling sensation, The Things We Cannot Say.

“Gripping... This one easily stands on its own.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Heart-stopping.” (Lisa Wingate, number-one New York Times best-seling author)

“A surefire hit.” (Kristin Harmel, number-one New York Times best-selling author)

In the spring of 1942, young Elzbieta Rabinek is aware of the swiftly growing discord just beyond the courtyard of her comfortable Warsaw home. She has no fondness for the Germans who patrol her streets and impose their curfews, but has never given much thought to what goes on behind the walls that contain her Jewish neighbors. She knows all too well about German brutality - and that it's the reason she must conceal her true identity. But in befriending Sara, a nurse who shares her apartment floor, Elzbieta makes a discovery that propels her into a dangerous world of deception and heroism.

Using Sara's credentials to smuggle children out of the ghetto brings Elzbieta face-to-face with the reality of the war behind its walls, and to the plight of the Gorka family, who must make the impossible decision to give up their newborn daughter or watch her starve. For Roman Gorka, this final injustice stirs him to rebellion with a zeal not even his newfound love for Elzbieta can suppress. But his recklessness brings unwanted attention to Sara's cause, unwittingly putting Elzbieta and her family in harm's way until one violent act threatens to destroy their chance at freedom forever. 

From Nazi occupation to the threat of a communist regime, The Warsaw Orphan is the unforgettable story of Elzbieta and Roman's perilous attempt to reclaim the love and life they once knew.

©2021 Kelly Rimmer (P)2021 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

Critic Reviews

"Intensely moving.... Bravo, Kelly Rimmer! I’m going to be recommending this book to everyone I know." (Karen Robards, New York Times best-selling author of The Black Swan of Paris

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Kelly did it again! 🥰

The Things We Cannot Say is my favorite book, so when I knew Kelly wrote another ww2 fiction I knew I had to have it. My first reaction was that I didn’t love the male narrator, but I got over that really quickly. I was pleasantly surprised to know that the Emelia in this book was the Emelia from the other book!
The Warsaw Orphan was as heartbreakingly beautiful as it’s predecessor, and I love that it fully focuses on the hardships of the war. The whole book is incredible and I 💯 recommend.

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not worth listening

this story and the reader were overly sappy. don't waste your time. the heroine wines about everything

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Emotional

Just my type of novel. It has two of my favorite elements, history and a good story. Takes you from having a broad interpretation of what occurred during the German occupation of Poland to feeling like you were there. Very well written and the historical implications it sent me down a rabbit hole of research.

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Loved it!

Kelly Rimmer does it again! So many holding my breath moments, heart beating moments and some moments of joy scattered throughout! If you love historical fiction; don’t miss it. I listened via Audible and i could really feel the characters.

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A true masterpiece!

Once again Kelly Rimmer astounds with an unforgettable heart stopping tale of the plight of families in the middle of the German occupation. From the Nazi occupation to the communist regime, this gut wrenching story invokes the emotions I left behind at the end of her previous jewel “the Things We Cannot Say. It’s safe to say historical fiction is her calling. As long as Kelly Rimmer writes, WWII’s forgotten stories will live on through the ages.

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Stunning

Absolutely fantastic! Enjoyed every moment of this story! The skilled story telling and emotion is evident through out the entire book. Can't wait to read this again.

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Fabulous

Reading is excellent. I couldn’t stop listening . You will not be disappointed. A great story of heroism



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Excellent

This heart wrenching story has unexpected twists that show the strength of the human spirit. The cruelties of WWII were incredible, yet there were miracles to be found. Following the characters’ unimaginable horrors should make us all more appreciative of our freedoms and riches.

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Beautiful story

I fell into this book quickly and could feel the characters’ emotions. The well written, deeply connected characters, and flow of the story line were touching.

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Extraordinary

I would have listened for 12 more hours! This book is definitely one of my favorites!
Kelly Rimmer never lets me down!

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  • 10-01-21

A great audiobook

I enjoyed the story very much Great characters that where easy to invest in Storyline was excellent and certainly kept my attention Narration excellent Loved it