Shannon here: Sherri Stewart shares a devotional that gives insight into her latest Historical Romance, A Song for Her Enemies. Comment or answer the question in this post to enter the drawing for an e-book copy. Deadline: July 31st, 11:59 pm central time. Here’s Sherri:
Is Love Better in the Worst of Times or the Best of Times?
Can love blossom in the worst of times? In the movies, a couple meets in college or when they’re starting their careers. Their courtship moves at a steady pace, and within a year, they pledge their love to each other, become engaged, and marry in the summer. Of course, there’s some sort of conflict that threatens one or more of the predictable steps, but the young lovers overcome the obstacles and live happily ever after. But that’s Hollywood. The rising divorce rate indicates that falling in love isn’t sufficient to predict a lasting relationship. Love takes work.
In A Song for Her Enemies, Tamar and Daniel first meet in the best of times. Tamar, an understudy for Violetta in La Traviata, has just performed the lead for the first time to a packed, appreciative audience. Daniel is finishing up his residency at the local hospital. The second time they meet is not as stellar. As Jews during the Nazi occupation in the Netherlands, they both have lost their jobs and are working for the Resistance. Tamar’s contact turns out to be Daniel. They team up, and for the next year, their love grows as life around them deteriorates, and they are forced to go into hiding. Love still takes work.
Hardship can bring out the best or the worst in our character. Some people grow strong and become a blessing to others because of the trials they’ve endured. Others can’t pull themselves out of it, despite God’s promise to bring beauty from ashes.
About Sherri: Sherri Stewart loves a good suspense novel, especially one that challenges her faith. She proves that it’s never too late to achieve a dream. Her careers as teacher, principal, flight attendant and immigration lawyer have provided fodder for her books. She’s a member of Word Weavers International, ACFW, and
the California Bar. A recent widow, she lives in the Orlando area with her dog, Lily. When she’s not writing or teaching, you’ll find her walking the Disney parks for exercise and thinking through plot lines or planning her next trip to settings for her book. Learn more & connect:
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About the book – A Song for Her Enemies:
She has the voice of an angel. But the devil is listening.
After Nazi soldiers close the opera and destroy Tamar Kaplan’s dream of becoming a professional singer, she joins the Dutch Resistance, her fair coloring concealing her Jewish heritage. Tamar partners with Dr. Daniel Feldman, and they risk their lives to help escaping refugees. When they are forced to flee themselves, violinist Neelie Visser takes them into hiding.
Tamar’s love for Daniel flowers in hardship, but she struggles with the paradox that a loving God would allow the atrocities around her. When Tamar resists the advances of a Third Reich officer, he exacts his revenge by betraying the secrets hidden behind the walls of Neelie’s house. From a prison hospital to a Nazi celebration to a concentration camp, will the three of them survive to tell the world the secrets behind barbed wire?
A Song for Her Enemies is the story of a talented young opera singer and the bittersweet love that grows amid the tyranny and fear of World War II. Set against the backdrop of neighbors willing to risk their lives in the German-occupied, war-torn Netherlands, A Song for Her Enemies is an inspiring and beautiful novel celebrating the resilience of the human spirit and the determination of Christians in the face of persecution. It is a novel for everyone seeking to understand the pain of the past and be inspired to embrace hope for the future.
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Question for Readers: What is your experience with your loved one? Did your romance or friendship follow the Hollywood pattern, or did your love grow in the midst of hardship?
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