Friends and Enemies, by Terri Wangard, is a Christian historical fiction.
It was released on January 5, 2016.
Overview: Widowed seamstress Heidi Wetzel finds new meaning in life by caring for evacuated children on a farm in war-torn western Germany. Never a supporter of National Socialism, she takes pleasure in passive resistance, but must exercise caution around neighbors who delight in reporting to the Gestapo. Having lived in the United States, she wonders about her friend Rachel.
Flying cadet Paul Braedel’s wife dies while he trains for the U.S. Army Air Corps. Following bereavement leave, he joins a navigation class. He’s lost his zest for life and heads to England, not caring if he lives or dies.
When he and his crew are shot down over Germany, he evades capture and, for the first time since Rachel’s death, hears the voice of God whisper guidance. “Find Heidi.”
Heidi meets a man she recognizes from her high school days in America. Aiding a downed airman is punishable by execution, but she agrees to help. Then they’re betrayed.
My Ideation: The two main characters in this story both lose their spouses. One is fighting for his country, while the other is trying to make a bad situation better. Heidi must endure the pain of losing her husband and living in Germany during the war. Her family must ration their food and supplies. They are fearful that they will be bombed and killed.
Paul has lost his wife while he is in flight school. He must push forward in order to finish his time in the Army while grieving his wife. He winds up in Germany and finally puts his faith in God after being away from Him for years. He asks the Lord to lead him to Heidi, which He does.
Paul and Heidi must endure fear and treason while trying to get back to the United States. They find happiness in the end and a new love.
About the Author: Terri Wangard grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, during the Lombardi Glory Years. Her first Girl Scout badge was the Writer. These days she is writing historical fiction, and won the 2013 Writers on the Storm contest and 2013 First Impressions, as well as being a 2012 Genesis finalist. Holder of a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in library science, she lives in Wisconsin. Her research included going for a ride in a WWII B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. Classic Boating Magazine, a family business since 1984, keeps her busy as an associate editor.
Connect with Terri: www.terriwangard.com
My Summation: 4/5
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
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