This review about Copper Fire just came in from Historical Novels Review’s November issue.

COPPER FIRESuzanne Woods Fisher, Vintage Inspirations, 2008, $14.99, pb, 292pp, 9780981559209

Set on the home front during the final days of World War II, this inspirational sequel to Fisher’s Copper Star is again told through the eyes of Louisa, a former German resistance worker, now wife to Arizona Pastor Robert, stepmother to young William, and thorn-in-the-side of the critical Aunt Martha.

Louisa’s family expands through her pregnancy and when she returns to Germany to claim her young cousin Elizabeth, who has survived the horrors of the concentration camp at Dachau. Elizabeth is stunted in body and spirit and proves a new challenge to Louisa. On the other hand, seven-year-old William considers, “Aunt Martha hasn’t said anything mean about Dog since Elizabeth came.”

Friedrich Mueller, a Nazi war criminal who embroiled the town in espionage in Copper Star, may have returned. The only one willing to help Louisa find him is her first love, who she now struggles to forgive because he was involved in the death of her beloved father.

Copper Fire explores Louisa’s maturing marriage, struggles with motherhood, and community with warmth and humor even as its plot builds in conflict and excitement. A wonderful addition to the series.

Eileen Charbonneau

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