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People Like Us

Louise Fein

Category: Drama, Romance
Note for readers: in some territories, this title is called Daughter of the Reich and has a different cover.

Leipzig, 1930s Nazi Germany. Hetty is the epitome of a perfect German girl. But Walter changes everything. The boy who saved her life. A Jew. As she falls in love with a man who is against all she has been taught, Hetty must question everything. Will the steady march of dark forces destroy their world, or can love ultimately triumph?

‘I nearly drowned and Walter rescued me. That changes everything.’

Leipzig, 1930s Germany.

Hetty Heinrich is a perfect German girl. Her father is an SS officer, her brother in the Luftwaffe, herself a member of the BDM. She believes resolutely in her country, and the man who runs it. Until Walter changes everything. Blond-haired, blue-eyed, perfect in every way Walter. The boy who saved her life. A Jew.

Anti-semitism is growing by the day, and neighbours, friends and family members are turning on one another. As Hetty falls deeper in love with a man who is against all she has been taught, she begins to fight against her country, her family and herself. Hetty will have to risk everything to save Walter, even if it means sacrificing herself…

People Like Us is a reminder that – even in the darkest of times – the extraordinary power of love can light the way.’ Fiona Valpy

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