The truth of Hitlers ulterior motives are showing through in Germany, as rumors of war breaks out. Uniformed soldiers are being seen everywhere, curfews are in place as well as round ups and blood red banners have been hung all over the city and in every building. The country screams Hitler and the Nazi party.
Sophie feels she needs to do something. She sees everyday how it is affecting her family. The rationing of food, and fuel as well as people no longer having their businesses because of their religious belief. She knows her brother has been up to something, but he is keeping quiet. Meanwhile, she is trying to get through her university classes, when she makes a new friend, Annalise.
Han’s eventually lets Sophie in on his adventures as night, as she promises to help and feels she might have finally found an effort that will help with the war. Well, resisting everything Hitler is trying to do. Han’s makes it clears she could lose her life, and this is literals life or death. There can be no mistakes, no slip ups. Sophie, Hans and a few other recruits of his have all figured out how to get their pamphlets and words out. Resistance, that is what needs to happen.
At first it seems their attempt is futile for all of the work it is taking, and how can they do more than 100 copies, they will need a machine, but those are nearly impossible to get and puts a target on your back. They need to find a way to mass produce thousands of pamphlets. Sophie calls in a favor, with her fiancé and they are in business. They never thought they would have gotten their hands on a machine.
All of their extra time is spent on putting their words on paper, mass producing, mailing or dropping these without getting caught. They have found ways to split up and mail from different cities to make it not so obvious that it is localized. Word is getting around, and there are murmurs of the White Rose group that is printing these pamphlets. Excitement and feeling of doing good is cursing through them all.
Sophie asks to bring in her friend Annalise, another female to help purchase stamps and paper and distribute. A female is less likely to be assumed to be helping with a resistance. They are uneasy about letting Annalise in, her father after all is an SS officer. But she has shared her beliefs with Sophie, and so they give in and trust bringing her in as well.
With all of them working together, they are able to produce thousands of leaflets, but that also makes things more risky as that means that many more have to be mailed or delivered. Rumors are, they are looking for the perpetuators. They are not happy that this is getting the hands of people.
Han’s then decides to take a risk and one night a few of the men, paint the sides of buildings with words and phrases. Including the university. Now there really is uproar over this resistance group, and they really have to be cautionary with everything they say and do. But due to all of their extra time spent on this, they are all becoming exhausted and that is where potential for mistakes is made.
Han’s then decides on a more bold approach, and Sophie won’t let him do it alone. The two are taken amidst the chaos that had ensued and are cuffed and interrogated for hours, and days. Over, and over the same questions, the same bright light, no food or water. But can Sophie and Hans prevail and take it all to their grave without giving up, or will they connect the dots that will lead them to all of the others?
Very well researched and written novel! Thank you to Amanda Barratt, the author for a copy of the book. I really loved this novel and how she wrote it from a few viewpoints. This novel was based on true people, and a true resistance group.
~Goodreads – About the Author ~
ECPA best-selling author Amanda Barratt fell in love with writing in grade school when she wrote her first story—a spin-off of Jane Eyre. Now, Amanda writes romantic, historical fiction, penning stories of beauty and brokenness set against the backdrop of bygone eras not so very different from our own. She’s the author of over a dozen novels and novellas including The White Rose Resists: A Novel of the German Students Who Defied Hitler and My Dearest Dietrich: A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Lost Love.
Amanda lives in the woods of Michigan with her family, where she can be found reading way too many books, plotting her next novel, and jotting down imaginary travel itineraries for her dream vacation to Europe.
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