19 February 2020

Resistance Women | Book Review


One of BookBub’s best historical novels of the year and Oprah magazine’s buzziest books of the month.

From the New York Times bestselling author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker, an enthralling historical saga that recreates the danger, romance, and sacrifice of an era and brings to life one courageous, passionate American—Mildred Fish Harnack—and her circle of women friends who waged a clandestine battle against Hitler in Nazi Berlin.

After Wisconsin graduate student Mildred Fish marries brilliant German economist Arvid Harnack, she accompanies him to his German homeland, where a promising future awaits. In the thriving intellectual culture of 1930s Berlin, the newlyweds create a rich new life filled with love, friendships, and rewarding work—but the rise of a malevolent new political faction inexorably changes their fate.

As Adolf Hitler and his Nazi Party wield violence and lies to seize power, Mildred, Arvid, and their friends resolve to resist. Mildred gathers intelligence for her American contacts, including Martha Dodd, the vivacious and very modern daughter of the US ambassador. Her German friends, aspiring author Greta Kuckoff and literature student Sara Weitz, risk their lives to collect information from journalists, military officers, and officials within the highest levels of the Nazi regime.

For years, Mildred’s network stealthily fights to bring down the Third Reich from within. But when Nazi radio operatives detect an errant Russian signal, the Harnack resistance cell is exposed, with fatal consequences.

Inspired by actual events, Resistance Women is an enthralling, unforgettable story of ordinary people determined to resist the rise of evil, sacrificing their own lives and liberty to fight injustice and defend the oppressed.

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Release Date: February 4, 2020


Inspired from true events, Jennifer Chiaverini’s Resistance Women explores the lives of a few women caught in the chaos of Germany’s descent into Hitler’s Nazi regime—and their determination to fight against it. They have different backgrounds, yet determined to resist, sacrifice, and fight, they face the same danger for the sake of freedom. It is a pleasure to get to know them throughout the (many!) pages of this novel because stories such as theirs need to be told.

I’ve had some poor luck with WWII novels recently, but this one worked for me (and I completely understand why it ended up on Modern Mrs. Darcy’s 2019 Summer Reading Guide!). I did not always love the amount of general information that is sporadically dumped throughout the narrative (of course, I understand that because it spans from Hitler’s rise to power through World War II, that information needs to provide context for the resistance), but I did love getting a look inside Germany during this time. 

Readers of historical fiction, Resistance Women is a book for you.


I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.


Jennifer Chiaverini is the New York Times bestselling author of several acclaimed historical novels and the beloved Elm Creek Quilts series. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, she lives with her husband and two sons in Madison, Wisconsin.



  1. I'm glad this one worked for you! WWII novels are usually hit or miss for me but this one is getting so many positive reviews I plan on reading it over the summer. Thank you for being on this tour! Sara @ TLC Book Tours

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