Sundin is outstanding at her craft. The attention to the historical detail, much of it factual, and the weaving of such strong themes of self-discovery, self-sacrifice and forgiveness through the lives of two tremendous characters was excellent. I looked forward to picking this story up each time and really didn’t want it to end.
Henrik (or Henning or Hemming) and Else are wonderfully crafted. Henrik, the rich playboy, who is challenged by his best friend to be more than he’s been and realise his potential, is developed brilliantly through the story. He joins the resistance using his rowing talent to transfer secrets across countries. This forces him to go undercover, so to speak, and assume a different persona which makes his transformation through the story even more significant.
Else is a Doctor of Physics and suffers from misogyny in her laboratory. To her immense credit she courageously challenges it and fortunately, we see some men who acknowledge her scientific talents irrespective of her gender.
The love story between these is beautiful to read. Full of tension and longing, our two lovers are drawn to each, even though Henrik carries a huge secret.
I loved the fact this story was set in Denmark. A first for me. Sundin demonstrates her significant research in sharing details of the German occupation and Danish resistance. I am now a little wiser on the impact WWII had on the Danish. We also get to see the uniqueness of the Danish coast and Copenhagen through the eyes of Sundin’s characters.
I feel very blessed having received an early ebook copy from Revell via NetGalley with no expectation of a favourable review.