The Sound of Light

A Novel

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Copenhagen, 1940

When the Germans march into Denmark, Baron Henrik Ahlefeldt exchanges his nobility for anonymity, assuming a new identity so he can secretly row messages for the Danish Resistance across the waters to Sweden. American physicist Dr. Else Jensen refuses to leave Copenhagen and abandon her research--her life's dream--and makes the dangerous decision to print resistance newspapers.

As Else hears rumors of the movement's legendary Havmand--the merman--she also becomes intrigued by the mysterious and silent shipyard worker living in the same boardinghouse. Henrik makes every effort to conceal his noble upbringing, but he is torn between the façade he must maintain and the woman he is beginning to fall in love with.

When the Occupation cracks down on the Danes, these two passionate people will discover if there is more power in speech . . . or in silence.

The Author

  1. Sarah Sundin
    Marci Seither

    Sarah Sundin

    Sarah Sundin is the bestselling author of When Twilight Breaks, Until Leaves Fall in Paris, The Sound of Light, Embers in the London Sky, and the popular WWII series Sunrise at Normandy, among others. She is a Christy Award...

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"The Sound of Light is an awe-inspiring story set within the beauty, language, and culture of Denmark. Sundin's craft is inimitable, and her literary finesse radiates from every page."

Booklist starred review

"Sundin's prose reveals the deepest emotions of the human heart. Full of gorgeous imagery and metaphor, this novel demonstrates that one person doing the right thing might just save a nation. Each Sundin novel tops the last."

Library Journal starred review

"Sundin grounds this suspenseful tale in rich historical detail, weaving throughout probing questions of faith as characters struggle to behave in moral, godly ways, especially when it entails risking one's life for a stranger."

Publishers Weekly

"This is one of the most thoughtful, yet dramatic, novels set in WWII-occupied territory. A unique and engaging read."

Historical Novel Society