Hans Krüger, a German army officer, must conceal his love for Aimée Ferrand, a beautiful young French woman of Jewish descent whose family he has heard about his entire life. Their fathers, though once enemy combatants, are friends having met one another in No Man’s Land during the spontaneous Christmas Truce of World War One. When Hans and Aimée meet for the first time in 1940 during the Nazi occupation of France, they could not have envisioned the course of events that would ensue as Europe spirals into the abyss of global conflict. With World War Two raging and the deportation of Jews escalating, Hans learns Aimée and her entire family are intended for arrest and deportation. In response, he executes a daring and courageous plan to rescue them from the fatal grip of the Gestapo, a plan enacted against all odds and borne of selfless love.
Romantic Historical Fiction
Heat Level 1
Star rating 5
REVIEW BY VIKKI
When I agreed to read this book, I had no idea what this story was about. I thought it would be the typical historical romance set during World War II. This book is so much more. It starts out with a young couple, Paul Rosenbaum and Christine Kruger. They travel to Sermaize-les-Bains to visit her grandfather, Andre Ferrand. Christine’s father did not appear to approve of Christine marrying Paul.
Andre Ferrand tells them the story of how the two families became such good friends. Andre Ferrand met Konrad Kruger on December 24, 1914 at what is known as the Christmas Truce. They exchanged addresses, even though Andre was French and Konrad was German and sworn enemies.
This book tells the story of the men’s friendship and the romance between their children, Hans Kruger, and Aimee Ferrand. This couple corresponds over a four year period, only seeing each other a few times, but their love was stronger than the tides of war. I won’t tell you more because I don’t want to spoil this for you. I hope you’ll take the time to read this incredible story of two young lovers who overcome all for the sake of love.
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This title is also recommended for our 2013 group reading challenge