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 thoughts: I thoroughly enjoyed this story of a unique time in WWII, with the Danish and how they were treated when occupied by the Nazis. I also love that the main character is a young woman who has a doctorate in a time when the field is dominated by men. I thought that the author handled the workforce for Else well, bringing to light some of the struggles and triumphs. I also enjoyed how Else interacts with Henrik, who is passing himself as a common laborer. The story has a bit of a reverse Cinderella feel to it, with the hero hiding who he truly is.
This is a wonderful story to pick up! It's a stand alone, but some of the characters from the previous two books by the author make a cameo appearance.
I received this book from Revell. This is my honest review.