Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Wildflowers of Terezin

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Wildflowers of Terezin
Abingdon Press (April 2010)


Robert Elmer

Robert Elmer is a former pastor, reporter and ad copywriter who now writes from he home he shares with his wife Ronda in northern Idaho. He is the author of over fifty books, including eight contemporary novels for the adult Christian audience and several series for younger readers. Combined, his books have sold more than half a million copies worldwide. Like his popular "Young Underground" youth series, Wildflowers of Terezin was inspired by stories Robert heard from his Denmark-born parents and family. When he's not sailing or enjoying the outdoors, Robert often travels the country speaking to school and writers groups.

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?

To read the first chapter of Wildflowers of Terezin, go HERE.

I briefly met Robert Elmer at the Book Expo last year as he was breakfasting with an author friend of mine. I knew he had written a number of tween books, but this is the first of his "grown-up" novels I've read. (Somehow, typing adult novel seems a tad risque!) You will not want to miss this story of a Lutheran pastor and a Jewish nurse who meet under desperate circumstances and join forces to help Danish Jews avoid the Gestapo. While the story is fiction, this book is filled with true events, locations, and other carefully researched details. As the passage of time moves us farther from the horrendous days of Hitler's persecution of the Jewish people, books such as this are invaluable in not only honoring those who were so tortured or lost their lives, but also reminding us of the depravity of a life without God. I highly recommend this beautiful story.


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quilly said...

This one sounds wonderful. I will indeed put it on my TBR list!