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A Whisper of Freedom
by Tricia Goyer

Reviewed by Cheryl Russell

"Tricia manages to bring to life this little known period of history..."

After an impossible heist, Sophie is trapped in Spain, hunted by her former fiancée.

Sophie Grace has reached the point of no return. An American artist embroiled in the Spanish Civil War, she has rejected numerous chances to leave Spain and return to the States. Now, any choices of returning to her homeland rest in the hands of others--as does her survival. Michael, the man she intended to marry and the reason she first came to Spain, is now her enemy. She’s taken from him something of great value and she knows he will hunt her down to regain what she’s stolen.

But she’s not alone. Reporter Walt Bock, a man of many connections, is one of the few she trusts. He’s driving the truck, heavy with stolen cargo, over the Spanish countryside, not sure of his next move. Not having a detailed plan in place beforehand is foreign territory to the mysterious Walt and not very comforting to Sophie or the other man in the truck, Philip.

Philip is the man Sophie truly loves, but she’s put that relationship at risk. While doing covert work for Walt, Philip had seen her with Michael. She needs to set things straight with Philip, but isn’t sure he’ll listen. Philip has mixed emotions about listening. His trust has been betrayed and he isn’t sure he’s willing to take another chance on Sophie.

While the trio sits with their stolen cargo somewhere in the isolated Spanish countryside, others in Spain have their own concerns. Jose, childhood friends with Michael, has had to grapple with Michael’s betrayal as well. Now on the run from the Nationalists, he must get his father, an old family friend and employee and a young orphan girl to safety, along with the horses he’s risked his life to save. But he’s also left behind his wife, Ramona, and she’s in harm’s way. Deep regret and grief overtake him as the territory around him falls into enemy hands. In his effort to save what he thought precious, has he instead sacrificed what should be the most important?

Ramona is in her own fight for survival and upset with her husband for leaving her the way he did. A nurse, she’d stayed behind to help the wounded and was forced to flee when the enemy approached Bilboa. Her heartache isn’t from the endless number of wounded she’s attended or the destruction of her country. It is from the realization that her husband deemed others more important than his wife. Her heart is as shattered as the bombed countryside around her.

All of them are trying to find a way to survive this Spanish civil war, in a time where survival for anyone suspected of aiding the enemy is nearly impossible. Some will live; some will make the ultimate sacrifice for their beliefs. Faith is the one thing that keeps them hopeful.

A Whisper of Freedom is the third book in the Chronicles of the Spanish Civil War series. Tricia manages to bring to life this little known period of history by focusing on the impact the war had at a personal level-from an American painter searching for her fiancée, two Spaniards seeking acceptance from a family that refuses to acknowledge them for who they are, civilians caught between warring armies that methodically destroy the lives they’ve known for generations, and a German pilot betrayed by love who takes out his anger on the Spanish countryside. A Whisper of Freedom is a story of destruction and sacrifice, betrayal and forgiveness, hope and love.

Cheryl Russell lives in the Midwest with her husband and three children. Her short stories, as well as a few articles, have been published in print and online. She's loved to read for as long as she can remember and puts all that time to good use writing book reviews for Infuze, Novel Reviews, and Title Trakk. She's also a member of the Christian Fiction Blog Alliance, FIRST network, Christian Science Fiction and Fantasy Blog Tour and American Christian Fiction Writers. She's currently working on her first novel. If she could, she'd spend her time hanging out in the thermal areas of Yellowstone in general, Norris Geyser Basin in particular. Another favorite spot is Kennicott, an old copper mining town in Wrangel-St. Elias National Park, Alaska, which is at the end of a 60 mile dirt road, 8 hours west of Anchorage. She and her family are frequent hikers in the national parks, and have pounded the dirt trails in Virginia, Colorado, Utah, Arizona, Montana, Wyoming and Alaska. You can visit her at her blog, Unseen Worlds or at her website.