Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Book Review: The Sound of Light by Sarah Sundin

About the Book:

Copenhagen, 1940

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--and makes the dangerous decision to print resistance newspapers.

As Else hears rumors of the movement's legendary Havmand--the merman--she also becomes intrigued by the mysterious and silent shipyard worker living in the same boardinghouse. Henrik makes every effort to conceal his noble upbringing, but he is torn between the fa├žade he must maintain and the woman he is beginning to fall in love with.

When the Occupation cracks down on the Danes, these two passionate people will discover if there is more power in speech . . . or in silence.

Read an excerpt from The Sound of Light by Sarah Sundin on the publisher's website.

My Thoughts:

With The Sound of Light, Sarah Sundin has cemented herself as the queen of WWII Christian Fiction in my mind. This novel held my attention throughout and never felt too dark despite the Nazi occupation in Denmark. When things worsened in the plot, I put the book down as necessary and reminded myself that Sarah Sundin’s books always have a happy (or hopeful) ending.

Sarah Sundin expertly tied together the romance, character development, and themes in The Sound of Light. Else and Henrik’s journey offered many things to think about as these two characters learn and grow in wisdom and resilience. A few of the important topics addressed in The Sound of Light: women’s equality in the workplace, coexistence of virtues and faults, setting healthy boundaries, forgiveness, sacrificing to help others, and the power of words/silence. Reading this complex novel of resistance and heroism was a pleasure.

The Sound of Light by Sarah Sundin is a standalone novel, but characters from Until Leaves Fall in Paris and When Twilight Breaks cameo or are mentioned occasionally. I recommend this book to Christian fiction readers who enjoy a story with strong themes, historical details, and suspense. Five stars.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I was provided a copy of this book by the author or publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.

1 comment:

  1. I haven't read much about this time in the war. Excellent review, Jolene.