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February 7, 2023

The Sound of Light by Sarah Sundin ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

The Sound of Light
is about the bravery and resilience of the Danish people during WWII as they worked to get Jewish people to safety.  The author has done deep research and it shows on every page.  The characters she's created are very likable people who want to help other people despite the personal danger.

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book cover of historical fiction novel The Sound of Light by Sarah Sundin
February 2023; Revell; 978-0800742591
audio,ebook, print (384 pages); historical fiction

As this novel begins in early 1943, the Germans have taken over most of Europe and there are Germans in the country but they have allowed the Danish government to take care of their own people.  The resistance is working to get information to the Allies at the risk of their own lives.  In August of that year, Germany placed the country under direct military occupation and started to round up the Jewish people.  Dr. Else Jenkins is an American physicist working in Copenhagen.  She knows what it feels like to be discriminated against because she lives with her skills not being appreciated because she's female.  Still, she keeps working to make a difference.  When she's asked by a member of the resistance to mimeograph copies of the resistance newspaper and deliver it, she knows that she's putting herself in danger but she also knows that she has to do what she can to help her Jewish friends and neighbors.  Baron Henrik Ahlefeldt wanted to help his country so he exchanged his noble identity to one of a dull laborer so that he could help the resistance without people being suspicious.  He secretly rowed messages from the Dutch resistance to Sweden to be sent to the Allies. They live in the same boarding house and sparks start to fly between them even though he is a poor laborer and she's a physicist.  As they both become known to the Gestapo as part of the resistance, they are in danger of being arrested.  Will their love and their faith in God keep them safe from harm and will they find freedom after the Allies free their country?

This is a roller coaster of a story that kept me rapidly turning the pages.  I liked both main characters and was rooting for them throughout the book even as the Gestapo tried to find and arrest them.  This is a book about the bravery of the Danish people as they tried to get their Jewish friends and family to safety,.  In reality, Denmark is one of the only European countries that saved most of its Jewish population and over 90% of the Jewish citizens survived the Holocaust.  There haven't been a lot of books specifically about Denmark so it was interesting to read about the sacrifice and bravery of the Danish population.

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Susan Roberts grew up in Michigan but loves the laid-back life at her home in the Piedmont area of North Carolina where she is two hours from the beach to the east and the mountains in the west.  She reads almost anything but her favorite genres are Southern Fiction and Historical Fiction.  

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