COPPER STAR
by Suzanne Woods Fisher

July 2007
ISBN: 978-0-9793327-4-6
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Louisa Schmetterling is a German Jew involved in a dangerous stint with the Resistance Workers in Nazi Germany during the World War II years. Her pastor friend, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, arranged for his close friend, Robert Gordon, a pastor in Copper Springs, Arizona, to take Louisa in until things calmed down.


Robertís wife has passed away, leaving him the sole caregiver of a four-year-old boy, William. William didnít know how to talk yet, because he is deaf. Robertís aunt, Martha, moved in with Robert to help out with household chores. From the beginning, Martha makes it clear that she resents Louisaís presence, but Robert feels that taking her in is what the Lord would have him do.


Louisa reaches out to the young William, and soon finds herself immersed in the community. Still, a part of her is upset that sheís not in Germany with her friends, working for the resistance. Will Louisa ever truly accept Copper Springs, Arizona, and the love that might be found there? Or is her life still in danger?


I wasnít real sure what to expect when I opened the covers of Copper Star. It has been my experience that a lot of books published by these smaller houses are not as good as those published by the larger houses. I was pleasantly surprised with Copper Star. It is apparent that Ms. Woods Fisher has studied the craft of writing extensively and she knows what sheís doing. The book is written in a literary style, and is not a sweet romance in writing-style. However, that doesnít detract from the story-line at all. The characters are well developed, the romance is very real and present, and the faith message is expertly woven in.


Written in first person, the reader is instantly immersed in Louisaís point of view. The only thing that could be improved somewhat is Louisaís internal thoughts, as they arenít mentioned a whole lot in the book. However, the reader is aware of her thoughts through conversation and narrative. Copper Star easily compares to some of the historical books Iíve read for review recently. This author is one to watch. Make sure you pick up a copy of Copper Star. You wonít be sorry.


Reviewed in June 2007 by Laura.

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