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Eve Haas is the daughter of a German Jewish family that took refuge in London after Hitler came to power. Following a terrifying air raid in the blitz, her father revealed the family secret, that her great-great ...
Eve Haas is the daughter of a German Jewish family that took refuge in London after Hitler came to power. Following a terrifying air raid in the blitz, her father revealed the family secret, that her great-great grandmother Emilie was married to a Prussian prince. He then showed her the treasured leather-bound notebook inscribed to Emilie by the prince. Her parents were reluctant to learn more, but later in life, when Eve was married and inherited the diary, she became obsessed with proving this birthright. The Secrets of the Notebook tells how she follows the clues, from experts on European royalty in London to archives in West Germany and then, under threat of being arrested as a spy by the Communist regime, to an archive in East Germany that had never before opened its doors to the West. What she unearths is a love story set against the upheaval of the Napoleonic wars and the antiSemitism of the Prussian court, and a ruse that both protected Emilie’s daughter and probably condemned her granddaughter—Eve’s beloved grandmother, Anna—to death in the Nazi camps.
When first published in the UK, The Secrets of the Notebook was an Irish Times bestseller. A movie based on the book is in production.
Posted February 6, 2014
THE SECRETS OF THE NOTEBOOK: A Woman's Quest to Uncover Her Royal Family Secret by Eve Haas is an intriguing history/memoir based on a true story. Holocaust tragedy plus a love story! Follow Eve as she learns secrets of her family's past, European royalty, the intrigue of Prussian court, a forbidden marriage, and its tragic consequences. A powerful story set against the backdrop of WWII. If you enjoy a bit of espionage, mystery, danger, the Cold War, along with romance, secrets, and legends than you are in for a treat with "The Secrets of the Notebook". A very complex tale of drama, suspense, and anguish. "Eve is the daughter of German jewish family that took refuge in England during World War II" and this is her and her family's story. An interesting tale indeed! Received for an honest review from the publisher.
HEAT RATING: Mild
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More
Posted January 2, 2014
The background information provided about Ms. Haas' family was good for someone who has an interest in Prussian history. There were several discoveries that came out late in the book, particularly from family members, that made me wonder why they had not been shared earlier in her quest. I don't want to spoil for anyone who hasn't ready. I found the efforts they had to go through in the Cold War era to search official records chilling and a reminder that we aren't that far removed from the Iron Curtain. Would probably make a good movie.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.