Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Wildflowers of Terezin by Robert Elmer

Wildflowers of Terezin is a novel about the Danish Underground during World War II. It is the story of how Hanne Abrahamson, a Jewish nurse, and Steffen Peterson, a bookish Lutheran pastor meet and become allies of sorts.

I've read quite a few novels set in this time period am always amazed at how certain people were able to overcome their fear in the face of pure evil, in order to help their fellow man, whom they probably had never even met before. Yet here they are, ordinary people taking risks that most of us pray we never have to take.

Robert Elmer's writing had a certain warmth, even though the plot was suspenseful.Steffen Peterson was the perfect "reluctant hero". I also loved secondary character Pastor Viggo, who kept a watchful eye on his friend. Hanne Abrahamson was lovely and brave, really brave, so what more could you ask for in a heroine?

Robert Elmer is one of my new favorites. I really liked his gentle style and endearing characters.

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 as 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.


Elsa said...

so excited to read this!

Cassie said...

Hi, I'm Cassie from the blog you commented on, Note from a Nearsighted Soul...

Thanks for the encouragement!

This book sounds good. A testimony of "overcoming fear in the face of pure evil" is good to hear! Overcoming fear is something I've been thinking a lot about.

God bless.