05 January 2023

The Secret Society of Salzburg | Book Review + Giveaway

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From the author of The Widows of Champagne, and inspired by true events, comes a gripping and heartwrenching story of two very different women united to bring light to the darkest days of World War II.

London, 1933

At first glance, Austrian opera singer Elsa Mayer-Braun has little in common with the young English typist she encounters on tour. Yet she and Hattie Featherstone forge an instant connection—and strike a dangerous alliance. Using their friendship as a cover, they form a secret society with a daring goal: to rescue as many Jews as possible from Nazi persecution.

Though the war’s outbreak threatens Elsa and Hattie’s network, their efforts attract the covert attention of the British government, offering more opportunities to thwart the Germans. But Elsa’s growing fame as Hitler’s favorite opera singer, coupled with her secret Jewish ancestry, make her both a weapon and a target—until her future, too, hangs in the balance.

From the glamorous stages of Covent Garden and Salzburg to the horrors of Bergen-Belsen, two ordinary women swept up by the tide of war discover an extraordinary friendship—and the courage to save countless lives.

Publisher: Love Inspired Trade
Release Date: December 27, 2022


The threat of World War II bring Austrian opera singer Elsa Mayer-Braun and English typist Hattie Featherstone together in an unexpected way. Under the cover of their friendship, they determine to rescue as many Jews as they can from the hatred of the Nazis. Of course, danger lurks at every turn, and courage, resilience, and friendship must keep these characters moving forward.

Renee Ryan's The Secret Society of Salzburg highlights a few of the horrors of World War II, inspired by true events, with fascinating detail. The story delivers the uncertainty and mistrust of the time, but with characters who choose bravery over fear, and page after page, I was intrigued to see how it all would work out for Elsa and Hattie. 

The Secret Society of Salzburg proves to be a great read for lovers of historical fiction!

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.


Renee Ryan grew up in a Florida beach town outside Jacksonville, FL. Armed with a degree in Economics and Religion from Florida State University, she explored various career opportunities, including stints at a Florida theme park and a modeling agency. She currently lives in Savannah, Georgia with her husband and a large, fluffy cat many have mistaken for a small bear.

Connect with Renee by visiting reneeryan.com to follow her on social media or subscribe to email newsletter updates.


(1) winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card!

Be sure to check out each stop on the tour for more chances to win. Full tour schedule linked below. Giveaway began at midnight January 3, 2023 and lasts through 11:59 PM EST on January 10, 2023. Winner will be notified within 2 weeks of close of the giveaway and given 48 hours to respond or risk forfeiture of prize. US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.



  1. Anonymous5/1/23 12:11

    So glad to hear you enjoyed this one!

  2. Awesome book. I can't wait to read it.

  3. This sounds like WWII story with depth, certainly not a quick read.

  4. I would love to read this.

  5. Thanks for sharing your review, the book sounds good


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