Reviewed by April Gardner
Copper Star by Suzanne Woods
"The writing was impeccable, the plot engaging, and the characters realistic... Keep your eye on Suzanne Fisher."
Louisa Schmetterling, a resistance worker in Nazi Germany, is forced to flee the country of her youth when she discovers she has a Gestapo shadow. Copper Star begins with Louisa stepping from the train in dusty Arizona in the mining town of Copper Springs. She is greeted by Robert Gordon, the local church’s minister who has agreed to sponsor the refugee.
It doesn’t take long for Louisa to realize that Robert has a tragic secret of his own, and as the two grow closer, the secret creeps to surface.
Who would have guessed that even in Arizona, Louisa would need to run from the Nazis? The Gordon’s peaceful life is ravaged when Friedrich Mueller, a Nazi sympathizer begins to show his true colors.
Louisa’s resistance work picks up afresh, and if she doesn’t out-smart Mueller, she just might find herself in an internment camp or worse…
One doesn’t usually expect such quality from a small publishing house. Vintage Romance Press has done well to snag author Suzanne W. Fisher, and Copper Star is a pleasant read. The writing was impeccable, the plot engaging, and the characters realistic.
Robert Gordon’s deaf five-year-old son, William and prickly Aunt Martha live with him, but no wife. Is she dead? Whatever happened to her, it has left Robert deeply wounded. He is serious and withdrawn and lacks the presence of God in his sermons.
Louisa, on the other hand, is outspoken and opinionated. Author Suzanne Fisher expounds on Louisa’s faults, yet expertly compels the reader to love her anyway. Louisa eavesdrops on conversations and pressures Robert to make decisions regarding his son’s schooling, but in the end, she’s the best thing that’s happened to the Gordon home—and to Robert.
With her strict, no-nonsense attitude and her unique way of showing love, I believe Aunt Martha was the most well written character. Her clashes with Louisa are very entertaining. Although the two women learn to live with each other and even like each other, Aunt Martha stays true to her stern character, which I was pleased to see.
The book is well-rounded with a very sensible romance, a villain that is truly evil, and more than one mystery to solve. Sweet yet pesky William is the cherry on top. The author created a jewel when she penned him, and he doesn’t say more than five words the entire book. Well done!
Keep your eye on Suzanne Fisher. I expect even greater things to come.
April W Gardner writes adult and middle grade historical fiction. Her first novel, Wounded Spirits, releases with Vintage Romance Publishing in November of this year. She is a member of ACFW and reviews for Title Trakk, At Home With Christian Fiction, and FIRST Wild Card Blog Tours. A military spouse, April has performed the art of homemaking all over the world. Currently, she lives in Georgia with her darling Hubby. A homeschool mom, she fills her mornings talking fractions and phonics with her two sweet kiddos. In her free time, April enjoys reading, gardening, and DIY. In no particular order, she dreams of owning a horse, visiting all the national parks, and speaking Italian. Visit April's Website or her blog, A Writer's Journey. You can also get to know April on Facebook and Twitter.