The German Messenger leaves readers rooting for a mother’s decision to protect both her son and her country during a pivotal time in history.


The Description

Publication Date: May 2, 2023

Liverpool, 1940. “Where’s George?” Ruth didn’t realise that she had grabbed hold of the other woman’s arms. “Where’s my son?”

Journalist Ruth Holt is struggling in the terror of the Blitz when her young son is suddenly snatched away in broad daylight. Soon after, the kidnappers’ demands arrive. They are working with the Nazis, and she has no choice but to co-operate, or the authorities will learn that she is harbouring secrets of her own.

Ruth’s job gives her access to critical information, and if she does not share it with Britain’s enemies, her child will face the consequences. Desperate, she falsifies information, lying to everyone: her employers, her family and her lover. But as the demands increase, the knife edge she walks on grows increasingly thin. If she falls, she will never save her son.

The Review

Against the backdrop of World War II, a mother finds herself facing an ultimatum. She must provide confidential war information, or she will never see her son again.

Author M.J. Hollows delivers a powerful story in The German Messenger as the Germans have launched an aerial campaign against England. Ruth, both a reporter and a rescue volunteer, is hiding a family secret.

George’s kidnapper demands Ruth use her journalistic access to share information about the war effort that would never be approved by the censors. Ruth’s dilemma is well-depicted because the last thing she wants is to help the Nazis.

With bombs raining down, Ruth ups the stakes and makes a play that could permanently separate her and George. Even as the war ramps up, a budding romance ensues between Ruth and a fellow rescue worker.

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About The AuthorMichael Hollows was born in London in 1986, and moved to Liverpool in 2010 to lecture in Audio Engineering. With a keen interest in history, music, and science, he has told stories since he was little. Goodbye for Now is his first novel, which he started as part of his MA in Writing from Liverpool John Moores University, graduating in 2015. He has also been published in SF anthologies, and is now researching towards a PhD in Creative Writing, working on his next novel.



Amy Wilson
Amy Wilson
My name is Amy W., and I am a book addict. I will never forget the day I came home from junior high school to find my mom waiting for me with one of the Harlequin novels from my stash. As she was gearing up for the "you shouldn't be reading this" lecture, I told her the characters get married in the end. I'm just glad she didn't find the Bertrice Small book hidden in my closet. I have diverse reading tastes, evident by the wide array of genres on my Kindle. As I made the transition to an e-reader, I found myself worrying that something could happen to it. As a result, I am now the proud owner of four Kindles -- all different kinds, but plenty of back-ups! "Fifty Shades of Grey" gets high marks on my favorites list -- not for character development or dialogue (definitely not!), but because it blazed new ground for those of us who believe provocative fiction is more than just an explicit cover. Sylvia Day, Lexie Blake, and Kristin Hannah are some of my favorite authors. Speaking of diverse tastes, I also enjoy Dean Koontz, Iris Johansen, and J.A. Konrath. I’m always ready to discover new-to-me authors, especially when I toss in a palate cleanser that is much different than what I would normally read. Give me something with a well-defined storyline, add some suspense (or spice), and I am a happy reader. Give me a happily ever after, and I am downright giddy.


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The German Messenger leaves readers rooting for a mother’s decision to protect both her son and her country during a pivotal time in history.4.5-STAR REVIEW: THE GERMAN MESSENGER by M.J. Hollows