In Krakow, Poland, in the early stages of Nazi invasion and imprisonment of Jews, Emma and Jacob are wed. Though Emma and Jacob come from extremely different backgrounds (Jacob is from an aristocratic family while Emma’s barely ekes out a living), it is Jacob who is determined to fight in the resistance, leaving Emma to do so.
For her protection and also to establish credibility for becoming a spy, Emma follows her husband’s advice and moves in with his Catholic aunt, Krysia. Here she takes on the persona of Anna — a Catholic relative — and obtains work at the Nazi headquarters. The Kommandant heading the Nazi invasion of Krakow falls almost instantly in love with “Anna” and courts her with passion and tenderness. Anna, knowing how important it will be to get information for the resistance, enters into an affair with him to obtain information.
This exciting novel of love, war, loyalty, and courage will have readers on the edge of their seats, and book clubs discussing where (if anywhere) the line is drawn in service to one’s country.
The Kommandant’s Girl, by Pam Jenoff. MIRA/Harlequin; ISBN 978-0-77832-058-6; $15.99.
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