"She'd always been careful not to do wrong, but people in the resistance had no such qualms. They claimed to be doing right. Could doing wrong ever be right?"
When the Germans occupied the tiny country of Denmark as a way to protect access to valuable shipping routes, the Danish people were presented with a choice; go on as if nothing were amiss or begin to take a stand for freedom, especially when their own liberties began to be compromised and the lives of those they loved were threatened. Deep within the heart of nobleman Baron Henrik Ahlefeldt lay a passion to become a new kind of man, and thus he transformed himself into a common laborer, Hemming Anderson, whose intellect and prestige went silent, in addition to his tongue. But working in a shipyard was not all that Hemming was doing, or being asked to do; he also became the "Havmand".
American physicist Dr. Else Jensen held a mild curiosity about the man with the simple speech and kind words of wisdom that lived in the same boarding house. Hemming kept mainly to himself, but seemed to enjoy her company in the evenings, asking basic questions about her work and encouraging her to stand up for herself in an occupation dominated by males. As tensions in Denmark began to mount, Else was challenged to use her connections for the greater good, but could she take the risk? It seemed that she and Hemming had a lot more in common than either of them realized.
What lies beneath the surface of this story is what makes it so interesting; the unbidden attraction between Else and Hemming is only one of many layers that sound and silence use to advantage. Does " light sound like speech . . . whenever someone speaks words of kindness or courage, speaks out for the downtrodden and oppressed, speaks out against injustice?" . . . or does "light sound like silence . . . The silence of someone concealing his nobility and sacrificing everything so he can quietly do great deeds"?
You decide . . . as you turn the pages of this outstanding historical romance!
*I purchased the book and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 4.5 stars
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.