While chaos reigns over WW II Berlin, seventeen-year-old Liddy returns to her family’s bakery only to be confronted by a new customer — Keppler, a Nazi officer. Marek, a young man with a secretive past, labors just a few paces away in the kitchen, but where do his loyalties lie? With the Nazis? With Liddy?
Liddy’s father, Klaus, secures a night job as a prison guard where anti-Nazi dissident, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, is being held. Klaus smuggles out the pastor’s letters, but tensions rise as Keppler establishes a tenuous relationship with Liddy’s young brother, Willy. Does the Nazi officer wish to recruit Willy, or is Keppler there to spy on Liddy’s family?
From air raids to the Hitler Youth, Liddy becomes enmeshed in a world of spies intent on betrayal. When Liddy makes a critical mistake that endangers a loved one, she faces a decision that puts her own faith on the line and her family’s safety in jeopardy.
About the Author
Retired from business careers at Target, American Express, and 3M, Doug is a life-long resident of the Twin Cities, where winters are far more tolerable than common folklore dictates. His love of writing historical fiction came late in life—no doubt from creative urges fostered early by his inventive father, and now unbound from the shackles of the business world.
As a youngster he was a slow reader (okay, still is). So unlike many other authors, Doug can’t say he devoured books (barbeque, yes). He thought he’d never get through Gone with the Wind, assigned at school. Although books with heavy description and literary flourish are appreciated, he gravitates to story. A fast-paced tale with strong characters revealing a gracious and loving God triumphs any day. If one can learn a bit of history along the way, so much the better. Hence, with his own writing Doug tries to provide quick reads with meaningful glimpses of times past—stories of faith and life that transcend their historical timelines. Hopefully, they will linger in minds longer than the time it takes to read them, as therein lies success.
A graduate of Cornell University, Doug currently serves on the Board of the Minnesota Inventors’ Hall of Fame, and when not writing, may be found in middle-school classrooms, inspiring kids to become inventors, or speaking on behalf of Feed My Starving Children. He’s been married 40 plus years and is the father of two children and grandfather of three. He often serves as referee between old dog Tess and new cat Selah, who has yet to live up to her name. Doug delights in watching the grandkids’ activities, as well as cheering on the Vikings and Twins (in that order now, based on their records!)