Revontuliby Andrew Eddy
In a land marked by the rhythm of migrating reindeer and the rituals of an ancient religion, a way of life is drawing to a close. War is coming to the Finnmark, and brings with it unsuspected inhumanity. Revontuli tells the coming of age of a Sami girl during World War II, a time of trial that leaves Marit and the village of Karasjok forever changed. Already torn between the heritage of her Norwegian father and her mother's indigenous Sami culture, Marit discovers a bigger world through Hans, the German officer billeted in their home. Their forbidden love will challenge Marit's beliefs and allegiances. Set in the forests above the Arctic Circle, where Norway meets Finland, Revontuli is inspired by true stories.
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Meet the Author
Andrew was born in Vancouver, Canada. He grew up in Western Quebec and in the Gulf Islands, where he developed an appreciation for nature and became hooked on a rural lifestyle. He has also lived in Paris, Burgundy, Montreal, Knowlton, and Leiden. In 2010 he found a home with his family in Simiane-la-Rotonde, in the hills of Provence, where he farms an ancient grain called einkorn, indulges his passion for history, and prepares his next travels.
Andrew is married and has five children. Revontuli is his first novel.
Read more about Andrew at www.andreweddyauthor.com and on his blog, Serendipity.
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This story covers a time period of about seventy years. It is from the point of view of Marit, a young woman who lives in the northern Scandinavian area of Europe during World War II. She meets and falls in love with a German soldier who is billeted with her and her family. The general theme may be familiar, but the characters are well developed and you go through their experiences with them and feel a lot of what they feel. I knew part of the war was in Scandinavian countries, but I didn't know it was that far north. I also learned about the Sami people, or Lapps. I will be looking for more works by this author in the near future. Recommended for any and all. I received this through Library Thing giveaways for an honest review.
Revontuli (Northern Lights) unearths a unique side of World War II history that even the most dedicated of the genre’s readers may not have encountered. This entrancing story of a young girl falling in love with the German soldier occupying her home is a version of the star-crossed lovers tale that is so controversial and intense, it grips you instantly. Author Andrew Eddy tells this story with a beautiful voice and style while simultaneously mesmerizing us with the lesser known historical events that took place during WWII in the Arctic Circle where Norway meets Finland, a place where the Northern Lights glow. —Stephanie Carroll, Author of “A White Room”
Very interesting story.
I really enjoyed this book and will definitely get another by this author.