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The Violinist of Auschwitz

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Auschwitz, 1943: In the depths of hell, can hope rise? And can love triumph over hatred?  Based on the unforgettable true story of Alma Rosé, The Violinist of Auschwitz brings to life one of history’s most fearless, inspiring, and courageous heroines. Alma’s bravery saved countless lives, bringing hope to those who had forgotten its meaning.... In Auschwitz, every day is a fight for survival. Alma is inmate 50381, the number tattooed on her skin in pale blue ink. She is cooped up with thousands of others, torn from loved ones, trapped in a maze of barbed wire. Every day people disappear, never to be seen again. This tragic reality couldn’t be further from Alma’s previous life. An esteemed violinist, her performances left her audiences spellbound. But when the Nazis descend on Europe, none of that can save her.... When the head of the women’s camp appoints Alma as the conductor of the orchestra, performing for prisoners trudging to work as well as the highest-ranking Nazis, Alma refuses: “They can kill me, but they won’t make me play”. Yet she soon realizes the power this position offers: She can provide starving girls with extra rations and save many from the clutches of death. This is how Alma meets Miklos, a talented pianist. Surrounded by despair, they find happiness in joint rehearsals, secret notes, and concerts they give side by side - all the while praying that this will one day end. But in Auschwitz, the very air is tainted with loss, and tragedy is the only certainty.... In such a hopeless place, can their love survive? This devastatingly heartbreaking yet beautifully hopeful tale proves that even in the darkest of days, love can prevail - and give you something to live for. Fans of The Choice, The Tattooist of Auschwitz, and The Orphan Train will lose their hearts to this magnificent tale.

©2020 Ellie Midwood (P)2020 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

Narrator: Alison Campbell
Length: 12 hrs and 41 mins
Available on Audible
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The Indigo Rebels

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France, 1940 

The German army has marched into Paris. Three siblings, three very different people leading very different lives, find themselves face-to-face with new occupants of their city, and neither of them can guess what the occupation has in store for them, and how it will change their lives once and for all. Giselle Legrand, a renowned novelist and a socialite, encounters an unannounced guest in her apartment - a newly arrived chief of the Gestapo, Sturmbannführer Dr. Karl Wünsche, who is intended to billet there and who soon starts making rather unwelcome changes in Giselle's lifestyle. Strong-willed and defiant, Giselle gets involved with one of the first Resistance cells, refusing to submit to the newly established authority despite the developing relationship between the two. 

Kamille Blanchard, a new widow of the war left alone with a small daughter, is dreading the approaching army. However, she never expected that she could find love in the arms of an officer, who appears at her door as soon as the German army marches in. But will Kamille be able to trust a former enemy when he has to choose between his feelings and duty for his country? 

Marcel Legrand, a former history student and a deserter, fearing capture by the Germans has no other choice than ask for help from the ones he used to fear and avoid - the mysterious communists, who call for an uprising and freeing their country from the Nazi plague. 

Soon, the fates of all three siblings will become intertwined in a dangerous knot, all of them, fighting for the same goal: a liberated France.

©2017 Ellie Midwood (P)2018 Ellie Midwood

Narrator: Becky Boyd
Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
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The Lyon Affair

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For fans of The Nightingale and All the Light We Cannot See, The Lyon Affair - audoibook two in the Indigo Rebels series.   A late diplomat's son with a brilliant mind; a Catholic priest with a dark past; a young woman scorned by her fellow countrymen for her German heritage; a young man who has just escaped the clutches of the ruthless Gestapo.  A tentative partnership created to fight against the common enemy, where the secrets of their pasts lead to disaster, and a betrayal of one may become a death sentence for all.   An unlikely hero...a cunning villain...one Resistance cell. One traitor in their midst.   When the Gestapo are closing in, and there’s nowhere else to run, one will make a decision that could change everything.    A riveting French Resistance novel.

©2017 Ellie Midwood (P)2019 Ellie Midwood

Narrator: John B Leen
Length: 8 hrs and 17 mins
Available on Audible
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The Girl Who Escaped From Auschwitz:

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“We must die standing up for something.” “And what are we standing up for?” “The most important thing there is. Freedom.” Millions of people walked through Auschwitz’s gates, but she was the first woman who escaped. This powerful novel tells the inspiring true story of Mala Zimetbaum, whose heroism will never be forgotten, and whose fate altered the course of history.... Nobody leaves Auschwitz alive.  Mala, inmate 19880, understood that the moment she stepped off the cattle train into the depths of hell. As an interpreter for the SS, she uses her position to save as many lives as she can, smuggling scraps of bread to those desperate with hunger.  Edward, inmate 531, is a camp veteran and a political prisoner. Though he looks like everyone else, with a shaved head and striped uniform, he’s a fighter in the underground Resistance. And he has an escape plan. They are locked up for no other sin than simply existing. But when they meet, the dark shadow of Auschwitz is lit by a glimmer of hope. Edward makes Mala believe in the impossible. That despite being surrounded by electric wire, machine guns topping endless watchtowers and searchlights roaming the ground, they will leave this death camp.  A promise is made - they will escape together or they will die together. What follows is one of the greatest love stories in history.... Fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, The Choice, and The Orphan Train will love this breathtakingly beautiful tale, of courage in the face of tragedy and bravery in the face of fear. Based on a true story, The Girl Who Escaped Auschwitz shows that in darkness, love can be your light....

©2021 Ellie Midwood (P)2021 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

Length: 12 hrs and 48 mins
Available on Audible