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The Girl I Left Behind

4.51  ·  Rating details ·  123 ratings  ·  58 reviews
What would you risk to save your best-friend?

As a young girl, Ella never considered that those around her weren't as they appeared. But when her childhood best friend shows Ella that you can't always believe what you see, Ella finds herself thrown into the world of the German Resistance.

On a dark night in 1941, Claudia is taken by the Gestapo, likely never to be seen

Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published October 3rd 2019 by Aria
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Karren  Sandercock
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Germany 1941, Ella Strauss lives with her Aunt Bridget in Nuremberg, it's a city consumed by love for the Fuhrer and everyone must support the Nazi Party. Ella attends the National Socialist meetings with her best friend Claudia and ALL teenage German girls are required to be members until they turn 18.

Claudia becomes involved in the German Resistance and the White Rose Movement. When Claudia is arrested by the Gestapo, with the help from her Aunt Bridget Ella's flees Nuremberg and she moves to
Lana Kortchik
Sep 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Outwardly, seventeen-year-old Ella Strauss is a good National Socialist. She wears her Youth League uniform, complete with the swastika necklace around her neck, and regularly attends her League classes. But behind this facade is the most passionate resister to the Nazi regime. This is a secret Ella has to hide from everyone, especially those she loves the most.

Thanks to the author's meticulous research and attention to detail, Germany at war jumps to life from every page of this beautifully
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
’A good shop girl can make a person believe anything...’

Ella knows she’s different. Raised by her aunt after the death of her parents, she lives the life of a good Nazi girl. But soon Ella is led in a different direction, and begins a dangerous journey into the world of the resistance...

I have to start by saying that this book is a perfect example of my ideal novel. I love historical fiction, especially novels set in WW2, and that cover and tag line had me hooked immediately! However, because I
Amy Bruno
Well, Andie Newton just took my heart and tore it in two! The Girl I Left Behind was such an amazing book and Newton floored me with her excellent writing.

Ella is a young girl living with her Aunt in Nuremberg, Germany after her parents' passing. Her parents didn't agree with Hitler's nationalism but her Aunt makes her join the League of German Girls, a female branch of the Hitler Youth. It's there she meets Claudia and they become close friends. Claudia is part of the local resistance group and
Sydney Long
Sep 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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A good shop girl can make a person believe anything.

Wow! What an incredible book! I was kept on the edge of my seat the whole time, always keeping the title and the above line in my mind.

Ella Strauss is a young German woman living with her aunt in Nuremberg after her parents were killed in a car accident. As Nazi ideology grows by the day, Ella hides behind her German Girls League uniform and begins to work with the resistance alongside her best friend, Claudia. After almost getting caught by
Bev Walkling
Many thanks to #NetGalley & Aria Fiction for allowing me to read an advance copy of this debut novel by Andie Newton. What follows is my unbiased review.

I was initially drawn to the book by the cover art which included a picture of a Nazi flag and a girl walking through the streets moving towards it.

The novel begins in 1943 Germany with a bang up introduction where a nameless spy does his best to escape from his captors only to meet his fate on a crowded street while his female contact
Lee Husemann
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This story starts in Nuremberg, Germany in 1943 where Ella, or Sascha, works in her Aunt Bridget's antique shop. Ella's best friend, Claudia, is involved in the Resistance and talks Ella into joining the movement. When Claudia disappears after a big leaflet drop, Aunt Bridget sends Ella to Munich were she gets a job working for the Reich filing documents. Ella continues her spying while working there. Lots of things happen in this book which kept me on the edge of my seat. I love WWII Historical ...more
Tabi Hanson
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The cover drew me to this title on NetGalley. I love WW2 fiction, and this story had all the atmosphere, intrigue and suspense I was looking for. Fast paced and page-turning. Very believable. I liked the detailed historical tidbits. I felt like I was in Nazi Germany with these girls in the resistence, author did her research. I loved the ending. Thank you Netgalley for providing a copy to read in exchange for an honest review.
Robin Loves Reading
Ella and her very dear friend Claudia are part of a unique group of youths during the terrors of World War II. They have joined the German Resistance and do their best to help those chased by Hitler and his people to escape imprisonment, cruelty and death.

They experience some hair-raising experiences and Claudia disappears after being captured by the Gestapo. Ella will do anything she can to find Claudia and to save her life. This includes defying her aunt and uncle, who she has lived with since
The Lit Bitch
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WWI or WWII novels are usually a pretty easy sell for me. I love them. There is something about the back drop of a war that adds drama and interest to a novel and I always enjoy reading modern war time novels set in this period.

That said, not all WWI or WWII novels are created equal. While I enjoy books set in this time period, I don’t always love every single story that is set here. Often the historical fiction market is saturated with books set in WWII and I sometimes find myself worrying that
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“The Girl I Left Behind” by Andie Newton

“A good shop girl can make a person believe anything”.

Ella an 18 year old girl who lost her parents from a car accident, now lives with her aunt, who is an antique shop owner, living in Nuremberg, Germany. Ella helps in the antique shop and has developed a talent in working with the customers to make a sale.

Her aunt, a strong nationalist ensured Ella become a member of the League of German Girls, a female branch of the Hitler Youth, where Ella is taught
Dec 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found the book flitted all over the place for at least the first 35% until Ella went to Munich and then I felt that the book became interesting although a few odd chapters were included.
Olivia Lara
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Excellent WWII historical fiction that got me hooked from the very first pages. A moving story of friendship, this is a gripping espionage novel with a touch of romance. A fast-paced, captivating read!
Jacinda Literature Babe
Sep 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley, Aria and the author Ms. Andie Newton for the opportunity to read this Advanced Readers Copy of "The Girl I Left Behind".

An exciting Historical Fiction novel that takes the reader deep into the underground of the German Resistance.

Its 1941 Germany; some German youth, although part of the youth league, do not agree with the ideals of their Fuhrer. For them, Nazism must be stopped, they are the youth of the German Resistance, and they are ready to fight and die against this
Paula Butterfield
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever wondered what you would have done if you'd lived in Germany when the Nazis came to power? Would you have resisted? If your closest friend was distributing anti-Nazi flyers, would you have joined her? What if your friend was arrested? Would you have quietly returned to being just a shopgirl?

Or would you have gone to find her?

Ella Strauss is a young girl determined to find her friend Claudia and fearless enough to infiltrate the Reich to do so. Already an orphan, Ella becomes almost
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Anybody looking in would see Ella Strauss as a great Nationalist, She wore her Hitler youth group uniform, attends meetings and salutes Hitler. Her best friend Claudia is in the resistance, nobody knows of course but there is something about her Ella’s aunt doesn’t like about Claudia. Unbeknownst to Ella’s aunt and caregiver,Ella is in the resistance too!
I was initially attracted to the cover of this book. I read a lot of World War II books. Andi’s Newton did a great job researching as I felt I
Sep 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I was so drawn to the cover of this book and that it was a WWII novel about a female spy. It is always so interesting to read about the Germans who were brave enough to try and infiltrate the Nazi's and try to stop their heinous crimes. Ella was so incredibly brave and reading her story and her place in the resistance was enlightening. The ending felt a bit abrupt to me, but that was only because I wanted to know more of Ella's story. Thank you to Aria and Netgalley for the ARC.
Elizabeth Mcgowan
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Held my interest from the first page to the last page. The characters come alive and jump from the page. You get a mental image of setting and characters. Especially loved the ending. I can't wait to read more of this author's books.
gwendalyn _books_
Dec 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
An riveting exciting World War II, Historical Fiction novel that takes the reader deep within the underground of the German Resistance.Germany between 1933 and 1945 was transformed into a totalitarian state. where nearly all aspects of life were controlled by the government. Not all Germans were compliant, Living in a country that was under complete dictatorship.
1941, Nuremberg Germany, Ella Strauss is a young seventeen year old, living with her aunt, Bridge. Following the death of her parents
Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)
Andie Newton is a new to me author and I was completely taken in by her vivid and exceedingly clever writing, she really is a remarkable writer, one that I know I will be reading more of.
That first chapter is the best start to a book you could ever read, it immediately draws the reader in, you dive straight into the action, it makes you start asking questions, which will be answered throughout the intricately entwined story. I utterly loved it, Ms Newton has done an incredible job at building up
Jina Bacarr
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Girl I Left Behind is a poignant tale of friendship and the bond forged between two girls during World War 2 in Nazi Germany.

Ella Strauss never wanted to join the League of German Girls (her deceased parents weren’t Nazi Party members), but it’s there she meets Claudia, a girl of derring-do and a member of the German Underground. The two ‘misfits’ (they rebel against the Party rules) connect after a youthful prank and forge a deep friendship soon tested when Claudia recruits Ella for the
Jenny C
Oct 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am a huge fan of historical fiction, particularly those centred around the role the resistance played in ww2 across Europe. Despite having read many books with this as the theme, I had not read one which focussed on German resistance fighters, so I was excited to read from this point of view.

You get to know Ella Strauss quickly, discovering that she is brave and fearless and disagrees with the Nazis, despite being part of the youth league. I was hooked from the second she decided to join her
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story is about inside Nazi Germany and what people did to resist from the inside. It was very interesting to imagine people acting as spies to help bring down Nazi Germany. I enjoyed the characters and felt for their stories and the risks they took. There is a lot going on in this book and some storylines were not complete but it did not take away from the other great stories.
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A beautiful historical fiction which had me cheering for Ella.

She was a good National Socialist from outer appearances but soon was involved in the resistance movement. When her best friend Claudia was arrested, Ella fleed with her aunt and then became a spy to find out about Claudia.

My first book by author Andie Newton, I loved the vibe of WWII. descriptions came alive under the author's deft hand. Emotions of friendship and love and family shown by Ella brought mine to the surface. I found
Trick Wiley
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it

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The Girl I Left Behind

byAndie Newton

Pub Date:03 Oct 2019

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Last updated on 05 Sep 2019

My Recommendation

If you like spies and secrets and what will happen next then this is your book of what happened in Germany in WWII! The wonderful characters you learn to believe and they come to you in a way you will get to know. What is friendship and what will you do for it? Wonderful story where it has you on the edge of your seat but have the tissues with you! Net
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an utterly gripping story highlighting the incredible bravery of those who opposed Hitler from within his own country during World War II. An intense read, it gives the reader a unique perspective from inside the Reich. I was on the edge of my seat, following the heroine’s determined quest to help her friends and do what she felt was right by working with the Resistance, despite the horrendous risks. I can’t even begin to imagine how much courage it must have involved! A story not to be ...more
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you're looking for a powerful story with a strong female role, this book is for you. Historical fiction mixed with a romantic interest creates the best book of 2019. Ella is such a strong, independent woman with an unbreakable sense of courage and her ability to become someone else, Sascha as she is sometimes called, is both inspiring and breath taking. I made an immediate connection with the characters, especially Ella, and I hope to read more from this author in the future! If I could rate ...more
Oct 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
All I can say is Wow! This book is impossible to put down. I find myself thinking about it each day, reading on my lunch breaks, waiting at the doctor's. I am completely captured by the author's writing. The story truly represents Nazi Germany and it's dialog and relationships between the characters are riveting.
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Historical fiction brilliance! I am simply in love with this book. I could not put it down, nor did I want this tale to end. Strong writing and plot twists. Characters were believable and I am thinking about them. Overall fantastic!
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book got me after only ten pages in. Fast paced, believable, good strong chapters.

She has just enough facts in this book to keep a readers interest. I am looking forward to her next book.
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Andie Newton writes female-driven historical fiction set in WWII. She’s the author of The Girl I Left Behind (Aria 2019) and The Girl from Vichy (Aria 2020). Andie holds a Bachelor degree in History and a Master in Teaching. She would love to say she spends her free time gardening and cooking, but she’s killed everything she’s ever planted and set off more fire alarms than she cares to admit. ...more