Friday, February 17, 2023

Review: The Sound of Light by Sarah Sundin

Genre: Historical Romance
Publisher: Revell 
Released: Feb. 7, 2023
384 pages

About the Book:

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.

My Rating & Thoughts:    

I really enjoyed the characters of Hemming and Else. Hemming portrays himself as someone illiterate and a dock worker in order to aid the resistance movement. This is not who he is really he, but he knows he can’t continue rowing messages between Sweden and Demark if his true identity is known. Else is a physicist working at the university in Denmark and battles with deciding whether or not to work with the resistance group. She asks herself, ‘was it right to do wrong to do right?’ Hemming and Else met at the boarding house they are living at and a friendship develops between them. I loved how Hemming was able to encourage Else to speak up for herself when she had an issue with a co-worker. Once she embraced the courage needed for this particular confrontation she was able to discover more courage within herself and able to do much more than she ever thought she could. I loved watching Else fall in love with Hemming by seeing his true character rather than for who he appeared to be or what he had. She loved him for him, not because of his possessions. I really enjoyed seeing the courage and bravery shown Hemming, Else and the fellow Danes to stand up against the Germans. So many people risked their lives to save the lives of the Jewish people. Some of the scenes in the last half of the book were a little bit hard to read and had me wincing with pain, but I loved the way things turned out. I do wish we could have spent a little more time in Sweden and America though. There is a moment at the very end that made me smile, I said to myself that’s so cool. 

(I received an ARC of this book from Revell; opinions expressed 
in this review are my honest opinion and completely my own.)

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