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Daughter of the Reich

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  6,123 ratings  ·  971 reviews
For fans of The Nightingale and All the Light We Cannot See, a spellbinding story of impossible love set against the backdrop of the Nazi regime.

As the dutiful daughter of a high-ranking Nazi officer, Hetty Heinrich is keen to play her part in the glorious new Thousand Year Reich. But she never imagines that all she believes and knows about her world will come into stark c
Paperback, 560 pages
Published May 12th 2020 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published May 7th 2020)
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Louise Fein The book has two different titles - one for the US (Daughter of the Reich) and in the UK it is People Like Us. People Like Us was the original title, …moreThe book has two different titles - one for the US (Daughter of the Reich) and in the UK it is People Like Us. People Like Us was the original title, but the US publishers wanted something different, hence the second title! I understand that it is not at all unusual for books to have different titles in different markets. Hope that helps. (less)

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Will Byrnes
Wissen ist macht
Is there anyone who is truly as they appear?
In 1929, when Herta Heinrich (Hetty) is seven years old, she falls off a jetty into a lake while on a family outing. Her older brother Karl’s friend comes to the rescue, pulling Hetty from the water before she can drown.
I finally gather the courage to look directly at Walter. His wavy blond hair is half dry, half wet. He’s saying something to Karl, but then he turns and looks at me and
How was it possible for Hitler to lure masses of people to follow his extreme views? After WWI, the Treaty of Versailles forced Germans to pay war reparations, which had crushing effects on economy and humiliating effects on patriotic Germans. Hitler, a mesmerizing public speaker, blamed all bad things on Jews and communist minorities, claiming they were trying to take over the world. With worldwide economic depression and high unemployment, he put blame on the ineffectiveness of democratic gove ...more
Elyse  Walters
Audiobook, synced ebook by Marisa Catlin (she does a great job)

...Debut Pre WWII historical fiction novel....
...1930’s Nazi Germany; war threats on the rise.

...560 pages or 14 hrs and 52 minutes long as an audiobook.

... This story was inspired by the author’s family.

Hetty Heinrich is German
Walter Keller is Jewish
...Forbidden love is on the rise.

...Sappy, readable....
mostly predictable, with a couple of tidbit surprises.

.... hundreds of books are similar
Karren  Sandercock
Daughter of the Reich takes place in Germany during the 1930’s, life is good for the Heinrich family and they have just moved into a beautiful house in Leipzig. Hetty's father is a busy man, Hetty, her mother and her brother Karl don’t question what the head of the household is up to, he works hard for their family and very long days.
Hetty attends school at the local gymnasium, here she’s taught what every teenage German girl needs to know, the curriculum has been changed and it’s all about maki
Apr 11, 2020 rated it really liked it

This is the second book I’ve read in recent months that is set in the pre-World War II time period of the 1930s in Germany, during which Hitler rose to power and Nazism infiltrated every part of the country. Though set in a similar time period, the angle that this book explores is markedly different. The story is told from the perspective of Hetty Heinrich, who, as the daughter of a high-ranking SS officer, was raised to be the perfect German citizen — pure in lineage, patriotic, fiercely loyal
Set in Germany during the 1930’s as the Nazis solidified their power, this is an unforgettable, powerful, and heartbreaking coming of age story.

Hetty Heinrich is the young daughter of a high ranking SS officer. Since childhood, she has been fed Nazi propaganda and believes what she has been taught. However, Hetty is also in love with a former friend of her brother, a young man who is Jewish. As the atmosphere in Germany slowly begins to change and become more restrictive and anti-semetic, Hetty
Karen Macedo
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a goodreads giveaway. Thank you to William Morrow. This was a really good book. It is about the daughter of a high-ranking Nazi officer during WW2. Hetty Heinrich knows only what she's been brought up to believe, which is idolizing Hitler and believing in his hatred of the Jews. She falls in love with a Jewish boy who is a friend of her brothers . In time her brother walks away from the friendship with the boy but Hetty loves him. She realizes that she does not agree with ever ...more
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book in a GR Giveaway but never received it - probably due to COVID 19/PO Box issues. So I finally grabbed it from SCRIBD. This was a grippingly intense book, telling the story of the changing, growing POV of the protagonist, a daughter of an SS agent and giving a larger than life account of various people's existence living in Germany under the Third Reich.

A chilling and rather timely-told tale, it is terrifying to see how easily manipulable hate and fear and ignorance truly is and h
Ankit Garg
People Like us (or Daughter of the Reich in some markets) by Louise Fein is the heartbreaking story of a love affair between a Nazi girl and a Jewish boy, set in the backdrop of the event of Kristellnacht in the town of Leipzig in Nazi Germany.

The story is narrated by a girl, the protagonist, who is born to a high ranking member of the Schutzstaffel. As expected, she is fed anti-Semitic views since birth. But when she falls in love with a Jew, she really understands the motives of the Nazis and
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hetty Heinrich is the daughter of a high ranking SS officer, her mother and older brother Karl have just moved from a flat to a three story house with a garden. She is loyal to her family and to Hitler, as she has been bought up to be a good German girl.

When Hetty was 7 she nearly drowned, Karl’s best friend Walter rescued her but he is a Jew and is considered a second class citizen who they should not mix with.

Hetty meets up with Walter years later and is instantly attracted to him, but their r
Louise Wilson
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Based on a true story.

Hetty is the daughter of a high ranking SS officer. Walter is a Jew and their neighbour. This story starts when Walter and Holly were innocent children and Walter had rescued Hetty from drowning. Then the Nazt regime begins and friendship had turned to forbidden live. Her brother is in the Luftwaffe. Hetty was a member of the BMD.

This is a story of love, sorrow, confusion, anger and frustration and I felt everyone of them along with Hetty. German students were brainwashed
Martie Nees Record
I did enjoy the novel, but I broke my arm and shoulder and I’m not capable of writing a review at the moment.
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
People Like Us is a stunning piece of historical fiction set around the Second World War and its impact around the globe. 8 May, 2020, marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of VE (Victory in Europe) day when the brutal Nazi war machine ground to a halt as they surrendered to the Allies. There are innumerable ways of remembering and honouring those who took part in the wartime action. The reason I mention this is due to the fact that this book is set in Wartime Germany and gives a fascinating accou ...more
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It is the 1930s, pre-war Germany. At the start of the book, we meet twelve-year old Hetty Heinrich, her brother Karl and his best friend Walter. In a few years, the rise of Hitler and the spread of Nazism start to overtake their lives. Hetty’s father is rising in the ranks of the SS and Karl is following in his footsteps. At first, Hetty is taken by the promises of Hitler and vows to also follow in line believing the propaganda. At age sixteen, her friendship with Walter reignites and grows into ...more
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Also published as DAUGHTER OF THE REICH

When I was initially reading this historical novel about antisemitism as it existed in Leipzig, Germany during the early years of Hitler's hate propaganda around 1937, and 1938; I was asking myself inwardly why I was reading such a depressing subject during these difficult times. The author at the end establishes that she has written this novel with the viewpoint that firstly her ancestors lived through these brutal atrocities an
Chelsey (a_novel_idea11)
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways-arcs
I’ve been in a WWII reading slump for quite some time but I’m always intrigued by novels that take on the era in a more unique approach. Daughter of the Reich was absolutely that book.

Hetty is a young, Aryan girl growing up in Nazi Germany. Her father works for the party and her family is fiercely loyal to Hitler. As Hetty’s father rises in the ranks at the newspaper, so does their social standing and sense of entitlement while the country around them suffers.

A coming of age love story during
May 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
4 WWII Young Love Story Stars

I read quite a bit of historical fiction and this one is from a different perspective, the daughter of an SS officer in Leipzig and most of the book takes place just prior to the start of WWII. Hetty is just a schoolgirl trying to figure out her place in the world and why she should think differently about her Jewish friends.

Her teachers, her parents, and the German press explain that she should not associate with Jews and in fact they are to blame for the current s

A heart-wrenching story, told from the perspective of an SS officer's daughter. The story begins with Hetty being rescued from drowning by Walter, her brother's best friend. The three of them used to spend a lot of time together, until one day Walter stopped going to her house, because Karl, her brother, didn't want to be friends with him anymore. Hetty was only a child, and she didn't understand why her brother wanted to stay away from his best friend.

The truth came suddenly when they were at
Stephanie Anze
Herta (Hetty) Heinrich's life changes when her father moves up along the ranks of the Nazi party. Her once humble home is replaced with a bigger & better one, her father takes charge of the local newspaper and she is afforded more freedoms. Growing up, she does not question Nazi ideology but all that changes when she runs into an old childhood friend of her brother Karl, Walter. Walter used to be around her house often until he was not welcome anymore. Walter is Jewish and Hetty needs to stay aw ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
The truth of it is that I wished I dnfed this. I do not know what made it so, but at one point I had 12 hours left and was all OMG will this never end?! Yes, I should have given up then.

But I though maybe it will become interesting...but it never did. It could have been half as long. There was a lot of time with Hetty thinking, writing in her journal, reading newspapers and us hearing that. Hearing Hitler's voice in her head. So much that could have been cut, it kept building up and then fizzlin
Gill Paul
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In People Like Us, Louise Fein manages to take us right inside the mind of German schoolgirl Hetty Heinrich, daughter of a high-ranking SS officer in the 1930s. At first Hetty swallows the Nazi party line, kissing Hitler’s picture and trying her hardest to be a good German girl. When she realises that her brother’s friend Walter – who saved her from drowning at the age of eight – is Jewish, and therefore should be considered ‘dirty’ and ‘dishonest’, she begins to struggle with the Nazis’ dispara ...more
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Take a trip back in time with me.
Imagine yourself as a little girl walking the streets of Germany. You are biting into the fleshy skin of a piece of fruit, the juice dripping down your chin. You are giggling with friends while the sun is shining on your shoulders. All is right in the world until all of a sudden, it’s not. Your piece of fruit falls from your hand, smashing into the gravel beneath your feet as a woman cries out, her husband being dragged away. There is no reason behind it except f
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read a lot of World War II fiction and this is a different look at the war than what is normally written. This book takes place in Germany before the war and gives a view of how many of the German people revered Hitler and thought that he was the only person that could save their country. Most of the people who disagreed with this opinion were sent to 'work camps' or murdered on the street.

Hetty is the daughter of a high-ranking Nazi official. She lives in a huge house with her father, her mot
menna hafez
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'People like Us' is a fascinating immersive book set in 1930's Germany and seen through the eyes of main character, teenage Hetty.
Hetty's struggle is brilliantly portrayed, she is torn between her adoration of Hitler and her equally powerful draw towards her childhood friend (and saviour) Walter - who happens to be Jewish. Love kind of wins out - or does it - with an enormous cost to those involved.
'People like us' is part romance, part character study, part call to arms. The subject matter -
People Like Us transports the reader to pre-WW2 Germany and life as seen through the eyes of Hetty. Month by month through the years between 1933 and 1938, we witness Hetty’s transformation from malleable young girl, to conflicted teenager and, finally, to young woman forced by circumstances to make the most difficult decision of her life. All this against the background of the rise of Nazism and the prospect of war. In her Author’s Note, Louise Fein explains the novel was inspired by her own fa ...more
Feb 23, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hettie must choose between loyalty to her country or a love that could be her destruction…

As the dutiful daughter of a high-ranking Nazi officer, Hetty Heinrich is keen to play her part in the glorious new Thousand Year Reich. But she never imagines that all she believes and knows will come into stark conflict when she encounters Walter, a Jewish friend from the past, who stirs dangerous feelings in her. Confused and conflicted, Hetty doesn’t know whom she can trust and where she can turn to, es
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Please, oh please, write more books Louise!!! I’m blown away by this beautiful story!! The perspective of a young German non-Jewish protagonist was enlightening! Her courage left me in awe. I won’t be forgetting this book any time soon! Please read it! So many applications for our day. Well done, just exceptionally well done!!
Rhonda Ruff
Mar 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Heartbreakingly good book! Told from thenpoint of a young German girl! She has been told the German way is the only way. But slowly she discovers what the truth really is and tries to do everything to save her jewish boyfriend from a terrible fate!
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a beautiful book! The events are heartbreaking, but so is the whole time period under Nazi regime. This was a beautiful love story between a German girl and a Jewish boy. Hetty has been raised to love and honor Hitler as her father moves up the ranks and becomes a top SS official. The love story was lovely but this aspect of the story was extraordinary. Hetty begins to grapple with what she has always known as her eyes are slowly opened to the horrors of the regime and their treatment o ...more
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Louise Fein was born and brought up in London. She harboured a secret love of writing from a young age, preferring to live in her imagination than the real world. After a law degree, Louise worked in Hong Kong and Australia, travelling for a while through Asia and North America before settling back to a working life in London. She finally gave in to the urge to write, taking an MA in creative writ ...more

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