When nurse Hanne Abrahamsen impulsively shields Steffen Petersen from a nosy Gestapo agent, she’s convinced the Lutheran pastor is involved in the Danish Underground. Nothing could be further from the truth. But truth is hard to come by in the fall of 1943, when Copenhagen is placed under Martial Law and Denmark’s Jews—including Hanne—suddenly face deportation to the Nazi prison camp at Terezin, Czechoslovakia. Days darken and danger mounts. Steffen’s faith deepens as he takes greater risks to protect Hanne. But are either of them willing to pay the ultimate price for their love?
I was excited to see a new perspective on the World War II era, especially from the world of Christian fiction. There was so much going on in the rest of the world, aside from America’s viewpoint. Elmer’s work was full of detail and I felt I was a part of the Danish people and their struggles under Nazi rule.
Hanne’s determination and drive are admirable and drew me to her immediately. Born to be a nurse, she serves others at all times and I found her selflessness very moving. Steffen’s willingness to help the Jews escape to neutral Sweden also touched my heart.
Their paths intertwine beautifully and the story felt so authentic to me. What a delightful read with both the ugly realities of the Nazi rule and the shining moments of redemption.
Learn more about the author, Robert Elmer, at his website!