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by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Category: Historical Fiction/Spiritual/Religion
Description: Smuggled out of Nazi Germany after working in the resistance, Louisa finds herself waiting out the war in a dusty Arizona copper mining town. Sponsored by the Reverend Robert Gordon, Louisa quickly discovers he is hiding a tragic secret. Louisa irritates, intrigues, and charms Robert, soon becoming an indispensable part of his household. Trouble begins to brew when Friedrich Mueller, a prominent resident of Copper Springs and avid Nazi sympathizer, ferrets out Louisa's background. Soon Louisa is once again running for her life. Can she outfox a fox like Mueller? Or will she be sent back to Germany as a hostage exchange, facing certain death?
eBook Publisher: Vinspire Publishing,
eBookwise Release Date: May 2011
Available eBook Formats: OEBFF Format (IMP) [355 KB]
Reading time: 224-314 min.
Reader Views Award for Best Historical Fiction of 2007 Reader Views Award for Best Religion/Spirituality Book of 2007 A captivating tale, COPPER STAR is a heartwarming love story blended wonderfully with history. Set in WW2, where times weren't pleasant for either side of the war, Ms Fisher's talent for the written word puts you inside the character, making you feel and see what Louisa did. You will laugh and cry, smile and sigh, as this compelling novel takes you on a journey of a woman's survival during one of the worst times in history. A definite must read for anyone, young or old. COPPER STAR is not to be missed! -- Romance Junkies-5 Ribbons Author Suzanne Woods Fisher has obviously done her research and does a great job of weaving history and fiction. A well-written and well-constructed historical novel, Copper Star delivers on a variety of levels. Although billed as an historical romance, Copper Star relies more on history and story, shunning the traditional fluff of the romance genre. Four stars! -- Christian Fiction On-Line (4 stars) Fisher's book is a gem in more ways than one. For once the romance angle is beautifully created and developed. Unlike so many other romance novels with their rushed relationships and devil-may-care attitudes toward love and long-term commitment, this one stands out in the way the relationship is gradually developed and finally comes to fruition. Add to this the fact that her Christian belief is an integral part of the book, yet is in no way preachy or over the top, anyone - even those of different faiths entirely - will find her tasteful discussions of God within the framework of the novel interesting and acceptable. Of course, the action in the story is moving quickly, and the character of Louisa is a lovable, somewhat feisty young woman who does not mind the taste of shoe leather in her mouth. A wonderful book that is highly recommended for all readers. -- Round Table Reviews (5 stars) I read this and envisioned a WWII movie playing out before me, the characters are so real and that you are actually there. It brings together a man struggling with his faith and a woman fighting to survive and what they can both bring to each other. Nazis were not only in Germany but also in our own land at this time. This book shows us that even small towns can harbor enemy agents, saboteurs and traitors. This is a must read for everyone of regardless of faith. -- Karen Find Out About New Books (5 stars) I wasn't real sure what to expect when I opened the covers of COPPER STAR. It has been my experience that a lot of books published by these smaller houses are not as good as those published by the larger houses. I was pleasantly surprised with COPPER STAR. It is apparent that Fisher has studied the craft of writing extensively and she knows what she's doing. The book is written in a literary style, and is not a sweet romance in writing-style. However, that doesn't detract from the story-line at all. The characters are well developed, the romance is very real and present, and the faith message is expertly woven in. -- Armchair Reviews (4.5 stars) Louisa's outspoken but humble and pious personality provides the perfect point of view for anecdotes of small-town life during the war years. Copper Star's plot builds in conflict and excitement, and its tender romance warms the heart. -- Historical Novels Review (5 stars)
"Robert. Call me Robert."
I smiled. "Robert, there's something I need to discuss with you. Something Dietrich wanted you to know. I don't know how much he might have told you about our...I mean...my...situation." I had practiced this speech for the last five-hundred miles, yet I was still stymied for words.
"No." He glanced over at me. "Dietrich only told me he needed a safe place for someone to wait out the war."
"I didn't want to leave Germany, but I didn't have much choice. I had to flee. The Gestapo--a secret police force in Germany--was closing in on us...on me." I looked over at him, noticing that now he looked a little stunned.
He cleared his throat. "May I ask why?"
"Well, for quite a few reasons."
He shot a sideways glance at me that silently broadcasted, "who have I just invited to live in my home?"
Who could blame him?
Where should I begin? At the beginning, I supposed. "First of all, my father was Jewish. The Jewish people are under great duress from Hitler. And it is getting much, much worse for them."
He nodded, understanding. "A few years ago, I saw Dietrich in New York. He was quite distressed about the deteriorating situation in Germany. That's when he asked me if I would ever consider sponsoring someone. I've heard some reports about what is happening to the Jews in Germany. It's a terrible thing. You don't need to explain anything else."
Oh, but I did. I had never told another living soul what I was about to divulge, but Dietrich, a straightforward and uncompromising man, felt Robert deserved full disclosure, despite my objections. "There is still another reason that I had to flee. We've been part of the Resistance against the Nazis."
Another furtive glance cast in my direction. "We?" he asked. "You said 'we'."
"Yes, I did. My involvement has to do with Dietrich. And his brother-in-law, Hans, who is an official in the Abwehr...the German Military Intelligence Organization. They both are working in Hitler's War Offices." I could tell this was new knowledge for him, and this was only half of what I needed to say. I felt a little sorry for him, knowing what was to come.
"Go on," Robert said, listening intently.
"Dietrich has been part of a plot, with a few others, who are working within the German government to assassinate Hitler. Actually, more than one. And I played a role--a small one. But each plot has run aground. Hitler is the luckiest man in the world. It's as if someone orchestrates his luck."