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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Copper Star by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Copper Star by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Publisher:  Vinspire Publishing
Genre: Historical (1940s), Inspirational
Length: Full Length (292 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Poinsettia

Smuggled out of Nazi Germany after working in the resistance, Louisa finds herself waiting out the war in a dusty Arizona copper mining town. Sponsored by the Reverend Robert Gordon, Louisa quickly discovers he is hiding a tragic secret. Louisa irritates, intrigues, and charms Robert, soon becoming an indispensable part of his household.

Trouble begins to brew when Friedrich Mueller, a prominent resident of Copper Springs and avid Nazi sympathizer, ferrets out Louisa's background. Soon Louisa is once again running for her life. Can she outfox a fox like Mueller? Or will she be sent back to Germany as a hostage exchange, facing certain death?

Louisa thought her heart belonged to Germany and the resistance, but she soon finds God has other plans.

Louisa loves Germany and is horrified by what Hitler and the Nazi’s have done to it. When her position as a resistance worker is compromised, she is swiftly smuggled out of Germany and finds herself in the small town of Copper Springs, Arizona living with Reverend Robert Gordon, his aunt Martha, and his deaf son William. Though Louisa is grateful that Robert has generously offered to let her stay until the war is over, she has a hard time fitting into the Gordon family. Martha’s behavior is very cool and even Robert seems to be very distant. However, Louisa finds a fast friend in William.

The longer Louisa stays with the Gordon family, the more she becomes an intricate part of it. William adores her and even Aunt Martha begins to warm up. Robert soon finds himself falling in love with Louisa, but he hides a tragic secret concerning his first wife that has left his heart scarred. Louisa also begins developing feelings for Robert, but she desperately tries to deny them. She keeps telling herself that her place is in Germany, not Copper Springs. Will she allow God to guide her life, or stubbornly cling to her own plans? While Louisa and Robert try to sort out their feelings, Friedrich Mueller has discovered Louisa’s identity and will stop at nothing to see her sent back to Germany. Will Louisa be able to escape the clutches of the Nazis a second time?

Louisa is a courageous heroine. Even though her work with the resistance is risky Louisa always feels like there is more she should be doing. She also feels guilty that she was able to escape while many of her friends and family have been captured by the Nazis. While her will to do good on a grand scale is certainly admirable, at times it prevents her from seeing all the little differences that she makes in her friends’ lives every day. Her strong will also prevents her from acknowledging her feelings for Robert until it’s almost too late. If she is going to live a happy and fulfilling life, she is going to have to learn to let go a little.

Robert and Louisa make a very nice couple. While Louisa tends to be outspoken, Robert is more reserved. He is uncomfortable talking about his painful past and personal feelings. However, with Louisa’s help, he starts to open up. I liked watching him gradually reveal the caring man underneath the restrained exterior. While it is clear that both Louisa and Robert are reluctant to express their feelings, I would have liked to see a bit more romance expressed between them to sweeten the story up a bit more.

I enjoyed reading Copper Star. It is a tender story filled with love, compassion, and a dash of romance. I recommend it to fans of sweet, historical romances.