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 loved this well written, WWII novel! I enjoyed that Henrik is somewhat of a reversed fairy tale, since he is the one who has changed who he is in order to hide and aid the Resistance. I loved how unique both he and Else are, with her being a physicist back when it could be hard to have your voice heard in a male dominated field. I love how Sarah Sundin brings to life the importance of the Danish Resistance, even though pre 1943 they received a lot of criticism for not receiving the brunt of Hitler's madness. This is a wonderful book of hope and standing up for what is right. My only small grievance is that I felt like Henrik did not use his brain towards the end of the book, and makes a poor choice that shouldn't of been an option. But, I won't say much more, and it doesn't affect my overall rating of the story. It's a wonderful book, well written story.
I received this book from the publisher. This is my honest review.