The Beast's Garden


It’s August 1939 in Germany, and Ava’s world is in turmoil. To save her father, she must marry a young Nazi officer, Leo von Lowenstein, who works for Hilter’s spy chief in Berlin. However, she hates and fears the brutal Nazi regime, and finds herself compelled to stand against it.

Ava joins an underground resistance movement that seeks to help victims survive the horror of the German war machine. But she must live a double life, hiding her true feelings from her husband, even as she falls in love with him.

Gradually she comes to realise that Leo is part of a dangerous conspiracy to assassinate Hitler. As Berlin is bombed into ruins, the Gestapo ruthlessly hunt down all resistance, and Ava finds herself living hand-to-mouth in the rubble of the shell-shocked city. Both her life and Leo’s hang in the balance.


The Beast’s Garden by Kate Forsyth is filled with danger, intrigue and romance and set in Germany during World War II. This story is in Berlin in the heart of the Nazi stronghold. Ava is a singer and her beautiful voice brings her to the attention of top SS officers. Her best friends are Jews and she has to watch helplessly as their lives are torn asunder. To save her father, Ava marries a young Nazi officer. To save her friends and many others, she joins an underground resistance movement. We often hear of the French resistance but not so much about the German resistance which helped victims of the horrors happening around them. There were also several conspiracies to assassinate Hitler by the resistance movements and by German officers, Valkyrie perhaps being the one more people know. Ava learns that her husband is one of these officers. The story is a retelling of the Grimm Brothers’ Beauty and the Beast. It is well researched and beautifully written. I absolutely loved it.