When the Germans march into Denmark, Baron Henrik Ahlefeldt exchanges his nobility for anonymity, assuming a new identity so he can secretly row messages for the Danish Resistance across the waters to Sweden.
American physicist Dr. Else Jensen refuses to leave Copenhagen and abandon her research--her life's dream. While printing resistance newspapers, she hears stories of the movement's legendary Havmand--the merman--and wonders if the mysterious and silent shipyard worker living in the same boardinghouse has something to hide.
When the Occupation cracks down on the Danes, these two passionate people will discover if there is more power in speech . . . or in silence. Bestselling author of more than a dozen WWII novels, Sarah Sundin offers pens another story of ordinary people responding to extraordinary circumstances with faith, fortitude, and hope for a brighter future.
This is a beautifully written story about WWII through the eyes of people who will capture the emotional struggle they go through. I loved how the author creates an image of what it was was like as our two main characters take a journey that fills the pages with faith, danger, war, evil and survival. I found it interesting that we get a closer look at the Dutch in this story. I don’t remember many stories that feature the Dutch and the author shows how in-depth her research was as she brought these people to life.
Else impressed me with her intelligence and determination as an American living in a foreign land during this time period. She is a physicist who has to prove to others that women can thrive in this field. When Else is asked to print flyers that could cause her to be put in danger, she decides to do it to contribute to the cause of getting Germany to leave. The tension is high as she has to be very careful not to get caught. With bravery I applauded her for standing up to the enemy.
Henrik is a character that you want to have on your side. He is strong, smart and does secret missions to deliver much needed information to Allies. I loved how he delivered the messages via a row boat in the dark of night. He gets to know Else better as they are staying at the same boardinghouse. Henrik hides his real identity from everyone, but is someone suspicious of him?
The story is filled with twists in the story as Else and Henrik must keep one step ahead of the Gestpo. Their lives are in danger and the author keeps us on the edge of our seat as we watch two people face danger, develop feelings for each other and try to overcome the evil that tries to destroy them.
I received a copy of this book from Revell Blogger Program. The review is my own opinion.
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