The Secrets of the Notebook

A Woman's Quest to Uncover Her Royal Family Secret

About The Book

“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 treasured leather-bound notebook inscribed to Emilie by the prince. Her parents were reluctant to learn more, but 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 antiSemitism 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.

When first published in the UK, The Secrets of the Notebook was an Irish Times bestseller. A movie based on the book is in production. 

Product Details

  • Publisher: Arcade (October 1, 2013)
  • Length: 320 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781628723076

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Raves and Reviews

"A roller-coaster ride full of twists and turns, as Eve battle through the dungeons of history to discover her amazing family secrets." —Cherie Blair, founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and wife of former prime minister Tony Blair

"A deadly family secret is uncovered by one courageous woman in this true-life Cold War thriller. A compelling, inspiring read, beautifully and honestly written." —John Rutter, CBE, internationally renowned composer and conductor

"Fascinating." —BBC News Magazine

“The astonishing discoveries lead to more questions; and the climax makes you go back to the beginning. What else is missing from the history books?” —Booklist

“Eve Haas put herself in great danger to unravel the mystery.” —Sunday Express

“An eye-opening, riveting tale full of suspense, drama, and anguish.” —Family History Monthly

"The author's enthusiasm for probing the secrets of Augustus' notebook is evident throughout the narrative . . . The twists and turns Haas discovered in her family's past mirrored her actual journey. . . . and took her to places with often painful associations." —Kirkus Reviews

"Eve Haas skillfully weaves several stories into this memoir. . . . [The Secrets of the Notebook] will have broad appeal, and moreover, make an important contribution to both the history of Europe since Napoleon and of World War II Germany and its citizens." —Story Circle Book Review

"A roller-coaster ride full of twists and turns, as Eve battle through the dungeons of history to discover her amazing family secrets." —Cherie Blair, founder of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and wife of former prime minister Tony Blair

"A deadly family secret is uncovered by one courageous woman in this true-life Cold War thriller. A compelling, inspiring read, beautifully and honestly written." —John Rutter, CBE, internationally renowned composer and conductor

"Fascinating." —BBC News Magazine

“The astonishing discoveries lead to more questions; and the climax makes you go back to the beginning. What else is missing from the history books?” —Booklist

“Eve Haas put herself in great danger to unravel the mystery.” —Sunday Express

“An eye-opening, riveting tale full of suspense, drama, and anguish.” —Family History Monthly

"The author's enthusiasm for probing the secrets of Augustus' notebook is evident throughout the narrative . . . The twists and turns Haas discovered in her family's past mirrored her actual journey. . . . and took her to places with often painful associations." —Kirkus Reviews

"Eve Haas skillfully weaves several stories into this memoir. . . . [The Secrets of the Notebook] will have broad appeal, and moreover, make an important contribution to both the history of Europe since Napoleon and of World War II Germany and its citizens." —Story Circle Book Review