Left Behind

What would you give someone who saved your life? Amsterdam 1945: During the last few months of WW2, Louise, a young mother living in Amsterdam, is hiding a Jewish girl with a baby in her attic. Her husband is on the run from the Nazis. Louise is cold, hungry, scared and has no way of knowing who to trust. Will she be able to keep herself and her baby safe? Fast-forward to 2018 and Sarah, Louise’s granddaughter, has just lost her mum. When she travels back home to sort out her mother’s estate, she finds her grandmother’s wartime diary among her mum’s belongings. A past she knew nothing about begins to unfold. Will she discover the secret that has been kept from her all her life?

Meet Elske Höweler

Elske is a single mum, Test Lead for a small software house in Suffolk and author of Left Behind set in Amsterdam during the last few months of WW2. Being form Amsterdam herself, the setting of her debut novel is a personal one. And so is the story, which was inspired by her grandmother who, during the Second World War, saved the life of a Jewish girl by hiding her in her attic. When she isn’t writing or reading, Elske likes to run, go for walks with her kids and play her guitar (badly) while singing along (even more badly).