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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 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 anti-Semitism 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 best seller. A movie based on the book is in production.
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By Natalie on 01-03-17
This book is written very melodramatically, even though nothing happens to the main character. Possibly of interest to those who do genealogical research. Also I found the main character very self involved. Full of descriptions like: "my emotions were so strong in this moment..."
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
By Anonymous User on 08-21-17
This is poignant story that would a be good fictional story that is actually a great historical story.
We started listening to this tale driving back from a family reunion on the west coast. During a rest stop, we had to read a third party review to convince ourselves that the book is a work of non-fiction. Warning- once started you will not want to stop it. A compelling listen!