Wildflowers of Terezin by Robert Elmer

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?

This book is based around the days of 1943, WWII, a Lutheran Pastor named Steffen, and a Jewish Nurse named Hanne.  Set in a time I have never known, other than through books, I found that this particular story at times took my breath away as I put myself in the characters world.   Steffen steps outside his comfort zone of “behind the pulpit” and the pages begin to turn…

Is it possible to love and hate a book?

Never a fan of war related stories, this one, held on to me.   I had no problem at all staying entirely engrossed in this fictional, historical, Christian read, that brought this horrible war and this incredible love to my home.

There  are so many things in this world that I have not lived or experienced, and author Robert Elmer, through a fictitious read about a true war, brought a piece of history to me that I had not really known.  I now feel in my heart – that I have a little of that fear, that “hold on to your faith” through everything knowledge, because of this book.

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.

To read the first chapter of Wildflowers of Terezin, go HERE.

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I received my review copy from Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

10 thoughts on “Wildflowers of Terezin by Robert Elmer

  1. As a person of Danish descent, I’ve always been fascinated by the way the Danes were able to save themselves and their country from the Nazis. This sounds right up my alley.

  2. librarypat

    We are so lucky not to have had to experience this first hand. The movie THE PAWNBROKER (1960’s) also brings that time and those events clearly into focus and tears your heart out. I was privileged to meet and talk with several camp survivors and even 30 years later, they are still waking up with nightmares. Some have forced themselves to forget and some manage to live with the memories.
    I’ll have to read this book.

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  4. dianne Powell

    I thought this would be a good book to pick up and then put down, and make it last over a period of days. I was so wrong! I did pick it up but never put it down until the end of the story.

    My husband, Bob ended up doing the very same thing.

    It is so enthralling and well written, I wish it could have gone on for another 329 pages.

    I plan on buying several more as gifts. Wildflowers of Terezin is a winner.

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