Monday, February 6, 2023

Hey everyone! I had the great opportunity to review Sarah Sundin's brand-new release, The Sound of Light, which was an absolutely stellar book. Check out my review below!

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. 

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Let me preface this by just saying: wow. I may very well have a new favorite Sundin novel. I loved the first book in this series, and although I have yet to pick up a copy of the second, I couldn't wait to dive into book three. And it certainly did not disappoint. From the first three chapters, you're rooting for the characters, you're hoping they have a happy ending, and you're definitely not ready for the emotional rollercoaster Sundin will bring you on. There are super impactful themes of forgiveness, the heartbreak and horror of what happened in WWII, the resilience of a people trying to stay free from a war they didn't want involved in, and the brilliantly overwhelming response of the Danish people when the Germans announced their plans to round up Jews in their land. It's based on a real evacuation, which was even more compelling for me to read, personally. The characters are easy to empathize with, the story is gutwrenching and hope-filled, and it's an absolute masterpiece. A very quick read if you're sucked into the story. 

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