The Girl I Left Behind by Andie Newton #BookReview #BlogTour #Aria #NetGalley

Written by Andie Newton


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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 again, unless Ella can save her. With the help of the man she loves, Ella must undertake her most dangerous mission yet and infiltrate the Nazi Party.

Selling secrets isn’t an easy job. In order to find Claudia, Ella must risk not only her life, but the lives of those she cares about.

Will Ella be able to leave behind the girl of her youth and step into the shoes of another?


Perfect for fans of The Tattooist of Auschwitz, The German Midwife and Kate Furnivall.


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Exciting, Thrilling and Awe-Inspiring!    Stars 5


When I first spotted this novel, I thought I would enjoy reading it – what I didn’t realise was how much I would learn!

Ella, a young German girl, inadvertently becomes involved in the resistance during WWII through her friendship with Claudia. When the Gestapo grabs Claudia, Ella finds that the best way to discover where she is would be to work from the inside. So, with the help of the man she loves, Ella manages to get a position working for the Reich. Can she convince others of her commitment to the party?

I admit to knowing nothing about the German resistance; in fact, I wasn’t even aware of it’s existence. Most of what I know about took place in France, so I was utterly fascinated to learn about everything this book had to teach. It’s a gripping story, and I found myself holding my breath at various adrenaline-filled moments. Exciting, thrilling and awe-inspiring this one kept my attention all the way through, giving no hints as to how it would end. It’s a fantastic story from another author I shall be more than happy to follow, and I look forward to reading more of her work in future. I’m delighted to give this one all five stars – I don’t think it could be any better!

My thanks to publisher Aria for my copy via NetGalley and to Vicky Joss for my spot on this tour. All opinions are completely honest and entirely my own.


Tags: historical saga, women’s fiction, WWII
  • Format: ebook, paperback
  • Size: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Aria
  • Publication Date: 3 October 2019
  • Purchase Links: Google Play
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Author Bio


Andie NewtonAndie Newton is an American writer living in Washington State with her husband and two boys. She writes female-driven historical fiction set in WWII. The Girl I Left Behind is her first novel. 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. Andie does, however, spending time with her family, ultra trail running, and drinking copious amounts of coffee.


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