They Bled Orange
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They Bled Orange

They Bled Orange 

They Bled Orange is the latest novel to be checked off my to be read list. It is the second in a three part series from author Michael Reit. Orphans of War was the first, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. 

Needless to say, when I found out Michael Reit was turning Orphans of War into a trilogy and They Bled Orange was available, I was very excited to read it. I’m a big fan of historical fiction, and this has been an excellent read so far. 

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They Bled Orange
They Bled Orange

About They Bled Orange 

A family divided. A war-torn continent. An impossible journey.

In the thick of World War II, Nora Brouwer is the Resistance’s most valuable asset. But when her cover is blown in a botched execution, her life is in grave danger. She must leave Amsterdam immediately and embark on a perilous journey across war-torn Europe, fighting to stay out of the Nazis’ clutches.

Meanwhile, Floris Brouwer—the city’s top Jew hunter and Nora’s husband, is hell-bent on exacting revenge on his traitorous wife. As he faces deportation to the very camps he had sent hundreds of Jews to, he seizes a lifeline to avoid certain death, but the cost is unimaginable.

Christiaan Brouwer, Nora’s brother-in-law, is stuck in Switzerland, his heart aching as he hears news of his homeland’s brutal Nazi occupation. When he’s offered the chance to escort a downed British pilot back to England and join the Allied forces, he knows he must take it, even if it means risking everything, including the life of his Jewish girlfriend, Lisa.

Will Nora make it to safety, or will she be caught and face certain death? Will Floris succeed in his mission of vengeance, or will his past catch up with him? And will Christiaan and Lisa make it through Nazi-occupied France, or will they fall prey to the enemy? Only time will tell in this gripping story of life during the war.

You can’t save them all, but you might save yourself…

From London to the Eastern Front, the Orphans of War trilogy’s second installment is a heart-stopping tale of conflicting loyalties, ever-present danger, and the will to survive at all costs. 

Thoughts on They Bled Orange 

I originally complained about how Orphans of War started out a bit on the slow side. They Bled Orange was the opposite! That first chapter will punch you in the face with shock, and I love that. It clearly made an impression on me and I wanted to keep reading. 

I started reading this while out with my husband who had a couple errands to run, and I was seriously annoyed that he finished them before I made it farther into this book, and I had to put it on hold for a bit. 

This was a book I wanted to binge read straight through, and almost did. If you’ve ever played the “just one more chapter” game because you don’t want to stop reading, then you know exactly what I’m talking about! 

I am a huge fan of historical fiction, and Michael Reit has done such an incredible job with this series that I cannot wait for the third and final one to be released. I might be a little bit impatient on that one. 

They Bled Orange
Carl the Sloth enjoyed reading They Bled Orange too!

Final Thoughts on They Bled Orange 

If you haven’t started this amazing three part series yet, you need to! Keep in mind that Orphans of War starts out a bit slower, but be patient, because it is totally worth it. Then be prepared to be blown away by They Bled Orange. I am looking forward to seeing what happens in the third book as well, and if it lives up to my expectations after reading this one. 


Have you read They Bled Orange or any other writing from author Michael Reit? Are you a fan? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! 

About the Author 

Michael Reit writes historical fiction based on true events and people. Writing what he loves, he spent years researching lesser-known events, locations, and people to produce his debut novel Beyond the Tracks. 

Inspired by the Polish resistance, his new novel, Warsaw Fury, focuses on the struggle of the Home Army & Jewish resistance in the Warsaw Ghetto during WWII.

He’s currently writing his third novel, which will transport readers back to WWII Amsterdam, where two brothers find themselves on very different sides as the Nazis step up their persecution of Dutch Jews. 

Born in the Netherlands, he now lives in beautiful Vienna, Austria, with his partner Esther, daughter Bibi, and Hungarian Vizsla Maggie. 

They Bled Orange
They Bled Orange author Michael Reit

Purchasing They Bled Orange 

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They Bled Orange
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