Sunday, February 19, 2023

The Sound Of Light By Sarah Sundin

the Sound of Light
by Sarah Sundin
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 9780800736385

If there's one thing I can't resist is a Sarah Sundin story. She excels at stories set in WWII! When I saw it come up for review with Revell, I jumped at the chance. You HAVE to get The Sound of Light if you love this genre like I do. Revell sent me the book for review.


Copenhagen, 1940

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--and makes the dangerous decision to print resistance newspapers.

As Else hears rumors of the movement's legendary Havmand--the merman--she also becomes intrigued by the mysterious and silent shipyard worker living in the same boardinghouse. Henrik makes every effort to conceal his noble upbringing, but he is torn between the façade he must maintain and the woman he is beginning to fall in love with.

When the Occupation cracks down on the Danes, these two passionate people will discover if there is more power in speech . . . or in silence.

My Review:

The Sound of Light... Once again, Sarah Sundin has written an incredible novel set in Denmark. We met Henrik Ahlefeldt in When Twilight Breaks and even more in Until Leaves Fall in Paris. I didn't realize he was getting his own story, so when the story starts off with him rowing across the straight I "felt" like as a reader I'd been there before. It was so great to get to read his story.

We also meet wonderful Else! She's smart, American, and a physicist who is treated horribly by one of the men in her department. Trust me, this fellow will make everyone's blood boil! Don't you love when an author can create a character who you easily loathe? Same with Fru Riber is awful, too! Just you wait.

This story had me riveted from the start. Cheering for the resistance while knowing anything could go wrong had me biting my nails the entire time. Neither Else or Henrik knows the other is working for the resistance in their own way. When their paths cross we're able to see the character of each of them and it's easy to grow to love them both. He helps her to stand up to her colleague and she helps him to see he's not the man he used to be.

There are some very poignant moments that will cause your heart to melt as well as break. There are definitely some surprises in the story. One of my favorite parts of Sarah's stories are the side characters who play a role in helping the main character grow. I really enjoyed Laila. She was a sweet friend to Else. And we're all taught a lesson on silence.

About the Author:

Sarah Sundin is the bestselling author of When Twilight BreaksUntil Leaves Fall in Paris, and the popular WWII series Sunrise at Normandy, among others. She is a Christy Award finalist and a Carol Award winner, and her novels have received starred reviews from BooklistLibrary Journal, and Publishers Weekly, and have appeared on Booklist's "101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years." Sarah lives in California. Visit for more information.


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