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The Enemy Beside Me

Taking over from her father and grandfather as head of the Survivors’ Campaign, an organization whose purpose is to bring Nazi war criminals to justice, Milia Gottstein has dedicated her life to making sure the voices of Holocaust victims will never be silenced. It is an overwhelming and heartbreaking mission that has often usurped her time and energy being a wife, a mother, and a grandmother.

But now, just as she is finally ready to pass on her work to others, making time for her personal life, an unexpected phone call suddenly transforms all she thought she knew about her present and her future.

In the midst of personal turmoil, Milia receives an invitation to be the keynote speaker at a Holocaust conference in Lithuania from Dr. Darius Vidas, the free-spirited rebellious conference head. Despite suspecting his motives – she is after all, viewed as a “public enemy” in that country for her efforts to have them admit their responsibility for annihilating almost their entire Jewish community, including her own family – she nevertheless accepts. But as Milia and Darius begin their mission, shared experiences profoundly alter their relationship, replacing antagonism and suspicion with a growing intimacy. However, this only stirs up the hostile forces facing them, threatening their families, livelihoods, and reputations, and forcing them into shocking choices that will betray all they have achieved and all that has grown between them.

The Enemy Beside Me, my fourteenth novel, will be published on September 12, 2023. To preorder your copy, click here.

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