The Secrets of the Notebook: A Woman's Quest to Uncover Her Royal Family Secret

The Secrets of the Notebook: A Woman's Quest to Uncover Her Royal Family Secret

by Eve Haas


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A New York Times bestseller, the true story of a girl who learns she's descended from a princess, told with the suspense of a Cold War thriller.

“The beautiful owner of this book is dearer to me than my life – August your protector.” This one sentence was the key to a mystery involving some of the greatest and most infamous figures in European history, from Frederick the Great to Napoleon and Hitler—and solved by the author of this book.

Eve Haas is the daughter of a German Jewish family that took refuge in London after Hitler came to power. Following a terrifying air raid in the blitz, her father revealed the family secret, that her great-great grandmother Emilie was married to a Prussian prince. He then showed her the leather-bound notebook inscribed to Emilie by the prince. Later in life, when Eve was married and inherited the diary, she became obsessed with proving this birthright. The Secrets of the Notebook tells how she follows the clues, from experts on European royalty in London to archives in West Germany and then, under threat of being arrested as a spy by the Communist regime, to an archive in East Germany that had never before opened its doors to the West. What she unearths is a love story set against the upheaval of the Napoleonic wars and the anti-Semitism of the Prussian court, and a ruse that both protected Emilie’s daughter and probably condemned her granddaughter—Eve’s beloved grandmother, Anna—to death in the Nazi camps.

A New York Times and international bestseller, The Secrets of the Notebook is now being made into a major motion picture.

Skyhorse Publishing, as well as our Arcade imprint, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history—books about World War II, the Third Reich, Hitler and his henchmen, the JFK assassination, conspiracies, the American Civil War, the American Revolution, gladiators, Vikings, ancient Rome, medieval times, the old West, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781611459067
Publisher: Arcade
Publication date: 09/03/2013
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 158,473
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Eve Haas was born in Breslau, now Poland, in 1924. She and her family fled Germany for London when Hitler came to power. She pursued a writing career, married, and raised a family, continuing to write children’s books and contribute to magazines and newspapers in the UK. Her book The Secrets of the Notebook recounts her lifelong quest to find and document the truth about her family's link to the lineage of Frederick the Great and to the British Royal Family. She lived in North London, England, until her death in January 2019, at the age of ninety-four.

Table of Contents

Prologue The First Glimpse xi

1 Good-bye Berlin-Hello Hampstead 1

2 Granny Anna-No News from Prague 21

3 Meeting Emilie 25

4 The Call to Adventure 35

5 Return to Berlin 53

6 Crossing the Border 63

7 At the Castle Walls 69

8 Charming the Minister 75

9 The Disappearing Passports 85

10 The Opening of the Archives 95

11 My Great-Great-Grandfather-Prince August of Prussia 99

12 Gottschalk 113

13 Finding Emilie 119

14 Going to the Ball 127

15 The Assassin in the Palace and the Disappearance of Victor 133

16 The Death of the Prince 145

17 A Humble Plea 153

18 An Offer to Spy 161

19 Calling Their Bluff 171

20 The Prince in England 177

21 Visiting August 183

22 An Ally in Berlin 191

23 A Poisonous Legacy 195

24 Finding Charlotte 201

25 The Final Piece of the Puzzle 207

26 Tracking Down Isadore and Charlotte 217

27 The Vanished Palace 225

28 A Letter from the Grave 233

Epilogue Visiting Anna 239

Emilie's Plea to the King 248

Prince Wittgenstein's Reply 249

Eve's Family Tree 250

Acknowledgments 251

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The Secrets of the Notebook: A Woman's Quest to Uncover Her Royal Family Secret 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
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Wonderful story. I couldn’t put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was taken in by the mystery of what happened to this family. An important historical revelation, written by the author as a quest for truth motivated by love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put book down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was held entranced Was held entranced by every step of the search. Was held entranced by every step of the search. by every step of the search.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eve doggedly persisted in finding her ancestral lineages with an obsessive passion. With only a royal notebook to give her clues, she put her life and freedom in jeopardy to pursue the trail of her royal ancestors. A very interesting true story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely worth a read if you love history and romance. It is the real deal!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never put it down...tragic but a good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't out it down once I started reading it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Eve is a remarkable author. She drew me in right away. I felt as though I was right there with her and Ken through the entire book. The suspense was real; the emotions heart felt. If only we could turn back time and rid the world of monsters like Hitler. Mrs. Haas, you have my greatest respect for all you discovered. I hope it has brought you the peace you so deserve.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a fascinating book and I would not put it down until I had finished it - on less than one day. Back to my reality now, but this book was poignant on many levels. An amazing story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down. 215 pages. Very interesting reading. Especially for history buffs. Loved it! Recommend.
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Tracing family thru history and finding all the details even though there so many pitfalls put in her path. I would love to find the truth behind my family’s stories and see if that truth matches up with what really happened. Fascinating story, bogs down once in awhile but not for long. The author’s persistence pays off and finds the answers she needs, even though occasionally it’s not want she wanted.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best ever books I have read Thank you
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JacksonvilleReader More than 1 year ago
The background information provided about Ms. Haas' family was good for someone who has an interest in Prussian history. There were several discoveries that came out late in the book, particularly from family members, that made me wonder why they had not been shared earlier in her quest. I don't want to spoil for anyone who hasn't ready. I found the efforts they had to go through in the Cold War era to search official records chilling and a reminder that we aren't that far removed from the Iron Curtain. Would probably make a good movie.
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MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
THE SECRETS OF THE NOTEBOOK: A Woman's Quest to Uncover Her Royal Family Secret by Eve Haas is an intriguing history/memoir based on a true story. Holocaust tragedy plus a love story! Follow Eve as she learns secrets of her family's past, European royalty, the intrigue of Prussian court, a forbidden marriage, and its tragic consequences. A powerful story set against the backdrop of WWII. If you enjoy a bit of espionage, mystery, danger, the Cold War, along with romance, secrets, and legends than you are in for a treat with "The Secrets of the Notebook". A very complex tale of drama, suspense, and anguish. "Eve is the daughter of German jewish family that took refuge in England during World War II" and this is her and her family's story. An interesting tale indeed! Received for an honest review from the publisher. RATING: 4 HEAT RATING: Mild REVIEWED BY: AprilR, Courtesy of My Book Addiction and More