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Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #19

Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt summer 2023


Welcome to the Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt! If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to start at Stop #1!

About Sarah SundinHi, everyone! I’m Sarah Sundin, and I love writing about the drama, daring, and romance of the World War II era. My bestselling novels have won the Christy and the Carol Awards, and my latest novel, The Sound of Light, received starred reviews from Booklist and Library Journal. When I’m not writing, I love taking our rescue dogs on long walks and cuddling our adorable baby grandson! You can learn more about me and my books here on my website and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

The Sound of Light by Sarah SundinThe Sound of Light

In Denmark during World War II, Baron Henrik Ahlefeldt assumes the identity of a common shipyard worker, rowing messages to Sweden for the Resistance. His life depends on keeping his secret hidden—a task that proves challenging when he meets Else Jensen, an American physicist who seems to see right through him. 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 story of Denmark in World War II is fascinating—but not well-known. Here are some…

Big Stories from a Small Country

When the Germans invaded Denmark on April 9, 1940, the tiny nation was shocked. Having depended on neutrality for defense and with a small and poorly equipped army, Denmark fell in a few hours.

German Junkers Ju 52 transport aircraft over Denmark, 9 Apr 1940 (public domain via WW2 Database)

German Junkers Ju 52 transport aircraft over Denmark, 9 Apr 1940 (public domain via WW2 Database)

The Germans decided to treat Denmark as a “model protectorate” and allowed the king and parliament to remain in power. For three years, the Danes had freedoms unseen in other occupied countries, food was plentiful, and no antisemitic laws were enacted—the Danish Jews weren’t even required to wear yellow stars.

Since the standard of living was high, resistance was slow to develop, but develop it did. As resistance groups grew and became better organized, acts of sabotage increased. And as resistance increased, the Germans began to crack down. In August 1943, the Germans demanded that the Danish government give the death penalty for sabotage—a punishment banned in Denmark for many years. In protest, the entire Danish parliament resigned. And in response, the Germans declared martial law.

Damage from sabotage at the Forum in Copenhagen, Denmark, 24 August 1943 (The Royal Library: The National Library of Denmark and Copenhagen University Library neg. 172239)

Damage from sabotage at the Forum in Copenhagen, Denmark, 24 August 1943 (The Royal Library: The National Library of Denmark and Copenhagen University Library neg. 172239)

In October 1943, a drama unfolded in Denmark. Werner Best, the Reich Plenipotentiary to Denmark, under pressure from Hitler, issued a decree to round up all the Jews in Denmark on a single night, October 1–2, 1943. However, his friend, Georg Duckwitz, German shipping attaché in Denmark, informed some Danish politicians at great personal risk. Word spread to the Jewish community and the resistance—and the entire nation.

Almost as one, the Danes rose up and offered shelter to their Jewish friends and neighbors—some handed the keys to their summer cottages to complete strangers. Within days, between 7,200 and 7,800 Jews were in hiding. When Sweden announced that they would grant asylum to the Danish Jews, the Danes began transporting their countrymen across the narrow strait of water that separates Denmark from Sweden—by yachts, fishing boats, and even by rowboats and kayaks!

Danish Jews crossing from Denmark to Sweden, Sept-Oct 1943 [Museum of Danish Resistance (Frihedsmuseet)]

Danish Jews crossing from Denmark to Sweden, Sept-Oct 1943 [Museum of Danish Resistance (Frihedsmuseet)]

The Germans were able to arrest only 474 Jews in Denmark. These men, women, and children were deported to Theresienstadt. Due to hounding by Danish leaders, the Danish Jews were treated well, with about 58 deaths—the highest survival rate in any Nazi-occupied country.

I hope you find this story as interesting and inspiring as I did, and I enjoyed bringing it to life in The Sound of Light. You can order the novel from Baker Book House, Amazon, Barnes & Noble,, or at your local bookstore!

Here’s Your Critical Stop #19 Info:

Link to Stop #20, the Next Stop on the Loop: Pepper Basham’s site!

55 responses to “Christian Fiction Scavenger Hunt Stop #19”

  1. […] 15: Gabrielle MeyerStop 16: Connilyn CossetteStop 17: Katie PownerStop 18: Lisa HarrisStop 19: Sarah SundinStop 20: Pepper BashamStop 21: Ann GabhartStop 22: Leslie GouldStop 23: Misty BellerStop 24: Kim […]

  2. Alicia Haney says:

    Thank you so much for the chance. Your book sounds like a great read and the cover is Beautiful!

  3. Cathy says:

    I am excited to read The Sound of Light! I have been an educator for 24 years, and my very favorite book is Number the Stars – Denmark during WWII. Thank you!

  4. SHANNON KRAUS says:

    Sarah, you write THE BEST books! I love reading them. I am definitely a subscriber!

  5. Kimberly says:

    I joined your email list!

  6. Cheryl says:

    You’re a new author to me. Your books sound really good! I subscribed!

  7. Diane says:

    Your book sounds great! I just signed up for your newsletter.

  8. Kat Connolly says:

    That was very interesting information your shared about Denmark. You are a new author to me and I’m looking forward to reading your book!

  9. David Darst says:

    I enjoy reading your your books. I especially enjoy the books that are about World War Two.

  10. Becky Nelson says:

    I was a history major in college and I wrote a paper on how the Jews survived the Holocaust. I like your books including historical facts.

  11. Kate Baxter says:

    I am mad for WWII historical fiction and am eager to start reading your books on the subject. Thank you for the chance to easily get started.

  12. Jan Tomalis says:

    I am really interested in this era and love reading about it! This sounds interesting and I love the cover!

  13. Laura W says:

    Thank you for being a part of this scavenger hunt, Sarah. I love your stories!

  14. Betsy Tieperman says:

    Love the research you put into your books! Thank you for the opportunity!

  15. Beryl Hatton says:

    Thank you. I never knew about the war affecting Denmark. I loved reading everything you wrote here and have already started reading the free booklet. I will certainly look for your book The Sound of Light. I live in New Zealand and these books can be a bit hard to get but I will certainly try. God Bless your writing. I look forward to reading more of your newsletters and blogs

  16. Shelley Beachy says:

    I love your books! Thank you for being part of the scavenger hunt and for the giveaway chance.

  17. Lisa Harness says:

    I’ve read some of your other books. So this one is for future reading.

  18. Christine Kilner says:

    I am a fan. I like to say that your books are like a box of chocolates. You can’t wait to read them! Thank you for the chance.

  19. Wendy Andrus says:

    I am eagerly looking forward to reading this one. I have read many of your books!

  20. Abby Breuklander says:

    Hi Sarah! I’m already a subscriber!

  21. Carolyn Frazier says:

    I am subscribed to your newsletter already. Fir some reason Rafflecopter has stopped working for me during this scavenger hunt. I would like to enter your giveaway. Thank you!

  22. Juie Grace says:

    I love your books. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your giveaway. Have a blessed day.

  23. Beth Nagy says:

    The book sounds very interesting. I am fascinated by WWII fiction.

  24. I love your books.

  25. Amber says:

    Hi! Hope you’ll sign my book before sending it to me – I’m thinking positive thoughts 😁
    Good luck to all and happy hunting!

  26. I’ve heard so many people reading your latest book! I’m just starting to venture into WW novels but I’ll get around to it soon 🙂 The cover is beautiful!

  27. Nicole Day says:

    Thank you for the giveaway! I’m already a subscriber to your newsletter. I love your books and I’m starting When Twilight Breaks tomorrow!

  28. Nicole House says:

    Already a subscriber! And I love WWII stories.

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