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Friends and Enemies Book Review

Friends and Enemies is a 425 page novel in the Christian historical fiction genre. It is published by Hope Spring Books and was released on Jan 5, 2015. To purchase your copy, click here.

About the Book

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 Two Cents

I absolutely love this book! From the very beginning I was drawn into Heidi’s and Paul’s world. This is a beautiful story about faith, love, and the bonds you forge with those you care about. I loved reading about Heidi and her journey during World War II. Heidi’s rough journey was a real inspiration to me and I learned a valuable lesson from her story. I would highly recommend this book to those who love historical fiction!

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars. This is one of the best historical fiction books I’ve read in a long time!

Thank you to Chalfont House, Terri Wangard, and CelebrateLit for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

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.
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