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Summary

A heartbreaking World War Two tale, taking you from the barbed wire of Auschwitz to a sweltering South Carolina summer. The Note is about lost loves and long-buried secrets, desperate decisions - and the consequences that cannot be escaped....

Auschwitz, 1942: On a warm summer’s day in Paris, Jozef and his beloved wife, Adi, are captured by the Nazis after going on the run. Forced onto a train with countless others, they spend days travelling to Auschwitz. They are torn from each other, stripped of belongings, their arms inked with prison numbers. In the death camp, their days are numbered - will they ever see each other again?

1953, South Carolina: On the night of her 13th birthday, the air as sticky as honey, Alice is woken up by the ear-splitting sound of sirens. The body of a teenage girl, Nancy, has been found in the lake.

Suspicion falls on Jozef, a German refugee who now lives in the small town. When one of Alice’s friends breaks a window in his house, Alice is wracked with guilt. She writes a note apologizing - a note that changes everything.

As Alice and Jozef form a friendship, Jozef opens ups about his painful past: He is an Auschwitz survivor. Hearing about the desperate choices people were forced to make, and the hunt for freedom amongst so much heartbreak, Alice starts to see her own life - and the death of her friend - in a new light.

As their bond deepens, Alice uncovers Jozef’s secret - one that has followed him from Auschwitz and could now shatter Alice’s world. When a long-awaited storm breaks the suffocating heatwave, the truth finally comes out, and Alice’s life will never be the same again....

©2022 Carly Schabowski (P)2022 Bookouture, an imprint of Storyfire Ltd.

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  • 24-04-22

Fabulous

It has been a very long time since I have been addicted to listening chapter after chapter.

Thoroughly enjoyed this book!

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  • 04-06-22

Wow

I have never left a review for a book out of the thousands I’ve listened to, but wow.. this book is incredible from start to finish. I feel as though the author and the narrators made me feel like I was sharing this journey with the characters. If you are like me and are reading this review to determine if it will be worth your time I’m here to tell you it is. You will cry when they cry and laugh when they laugh you will be right next to the characters throughout their journey, if I could rate it 10 stars I would!!!

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  • Emily Guglielmi
  • 01-06-22

heart rendering

loved from beginning to end
highly recommend for history buffs. very poignant and well narrated

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  • Libby from GA
  • 28-06-22

A little slow

I enjoyed the story line.. it was a little slow. I’m thinking it was more from the narrators rather than the story itself..

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  • Elizabeth Sampson
  • 04-05-22

Amazing @

Wow! What an amazing story. The ending made me cry. A must read for anyone who loves WWII.