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Copper Star by Suzanne Woods Fisher

Smuggled out of Nazi Germany after working in the resistance, Louisa finds herself waiting out the war in a dusty Arizona copper mining town. Sponsored by the Reverend Robert Gordon, Louisa quickly discovers he is hiding a tragic secret. Louisa irritates, intrigues, and charms Robert, soon becoming an indispensable part of his household.

Trouble begins to brew when Friedrich Mueller, a prominent resident of Copper Springs and avid Nazi sympathizer, ferrets out Louisa's background. Soon Louisa is once again running for her life. Can she outfox a fox like Mueller? Or will she be sent back to Germany as a hostage exchange, facing certain death?

ISBN: 978-0979332746

Released: June 30, 2007

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Price: $8.99

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Reader Views Award for Best Historical Fiction of 2007

Reader Views Award for Best Religion/Spirituality Book of 2007

5 STARS
Karianne (Orange County, CA USA) (Amazon)

Suzanne Woods Fisher is an excellent writer. I have read and enjoyed several of her books, and liked this one very much. This is an historical novel about a ficitonal German resistance worker who under the alias Louisa Schmetterling was smuggled out of Germany to the United States during WWII. A good read solidly based in the facts of WWII and with the added touch of real-life German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer who actually planned to assassinate Hitler as one of the off-stage characters. When Pastor Robert Gordon told his seminary friend, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, that he would accept a German refugee, he had no idea what he was getting into. Robert, and his Aunt Martha expected a man and are knocked off balance to find Louisa instead of Louis is the German refugee coming to stay in their home. Aunt Martha is tough as nails and not at all happy to be housing a German Jew in her home. (Note that it is actually Louisa's father who is Jewish.) She is talkative, and inquisitive, and they are people of few words who avoid issues which simmer in the background waiting to boil over. As stubborn Louisa sets about trying to break into William's silent world, she causes changes neither Robert nor Aunt Martha are ready for. Having listened to many good sermons by Dietrich Bonhoeffer and others, she is critical of Robert's flat sermons. And lurking in the back of her mind is an uneasiness about a German church member who may or may not be a Nazi and may or may not be related to a dangerous man in Berlin. Her outspokenness regarding her hatred of the Nazis,her knowledge of things in Germany, and her relationship with friend Dietrich Bonhoeffer--still in Germany and under arrest-- may be attracting attention that may endanger her life and his. To add to the mix, Louisa who wants nothing more than to return to Germany and Robert who has been deeply hurt by his former wife may be reluctantly falling in love. And the best thing is that there is sequel, The Copper Fire. So when you reach the end of this book, you can get Copper Fire and read another great story about these wonderful characters.

5 stars
Christina Lockstein "Christy's Book Blog" (Oconto Falls, WI USA) (Amazon)

Copper Star by Suzanne Woods Fisher is a WWII romance with an exciting helping of romance and intrigue. Louisa Schmetterling has fled her beloved homeland of Germany in 1943 when her work with the underground Resistance movement is threatened by her fear of getting caught. Her mentor, Dietrich Bonhoeffer sends her to his friend from seminary, Robert Gordon who is a minister in the small mining town of Copper Springs, Arizona, where she has a difficult time fitting in. Louisa's outspoken ways shake up the Gordon household where no one speaks of Robert's mysterious missing wife, five-year-old son William has been written off as handicapped, and Aunt Martha runs the house with an iron fist. Louisa's love for others soon has William diagnosed as being mildly deaf and learning to speak, Robert's sermons have added depth from her input, and new pet Dog added as a member of the family. Despite the roots she is putting down, Louisa has no desire to stay in Arizona, feeling called back to her homeland to do something about the atrocities there, and her work in the Resistance just may come back to haunt her, even here in the US, when she crosses the wrong man in town. This is one of Fisher's earlier novels, but it already shows the talent and strong characterization her later books display. Her love for famous Lutheran minister Bonhoeffer shines through Louisa and readers who are unfamiliar with him will be intrigued by this fascinating real-life character. Louisa is a smart and quick-thinking heroine, but it's her love for those around her that make the people of Copper Springs, as well as readers, fall in love with her. The novel is a look at how Americans viewed WWII through the eyes of a German Jewish woman who witnessed it firsthand. Powerful, moving, and exciting, readers will be hooked on Fisher's writing with this book.  

4 stars
J. Thomas "The Long and the Short Of It Reviews" (USA) (Amazon)
Long and Short Reviews

Louisa thought her heart belonged to Germany and the resistance, but she soon finds God has other plans.

Louisa loves Germany and is horrified by what Hitler and the Nazi's have done to it. When her position as a resistance worker is compromised, she is swiftly smuggled out of Germany and finds herself in the small town of Copper Springs, Arizona living with Reverend Robert Gordon, his aunt Martha, and his deaf son William. Though Louisa is grateful that Robert has generously offered to let her stay until the war is over, she has a hard time fitting into the Gordon family. Martha's behavior is very cool and even Robert seems to be very distant. However, Louisa finds a fast friend in William.

The longer Louisa stays with the Gordon family, the more she becomes an intricate part of it. William adores her and even Aunt Martha begins to warm up. Robert soon finds himself falling in love with Louisa, but he hides a tragic secret concerning his first wife that has left his heart scarred. Louisa also begins developing feelings for Robert, but she desperately tries to deny them. She keeps telling herself that her place is in Germany, not Copper Springs. Will she allow God to guide her life, or stubbornly cling to her own plans? While Louisa and Robert try to sort out their feelings, Friedrich Mueller has discovered Louisa's identity and will stop at nothing to see her sent back to Germany. Will Louisa be able to escape the clutches of the Nazis a second time?

Louisa is a courageous heroine. Even though her work with the resistance is risky Louisa always feels like there is more she should be doing. She also feels guilty that she was able to escape while many of her friends and family have been captured by the Nazis. While her will to do good on a grand scale is certainly admirable, at times it prevents her from seeing all the little differences that she makes in her friends' lives every day. Her strong will also prevents her from acknowledging her feelings for Robert until it's almost too late. If she is going to live a happy and fulfilling life, she is going to have to learn to let go a little.

Robert and Louisa make a very nice couple. While Louisa tends to be outspoken, Robert is more reserved. He is uncomfortable talking about his painful past and personal feelings. However, with Louisa's help, he starts to open up. I liked watching him gradually reveal the caring man underneath the restrained exterior. While it is clear that both Louisa and Robert are reluctant to express their feelings, I would have liked to see a bit more romance expressed between them to sweeten the story up a bit more.

I enjoyed reading Copper Star. It is a tender story filled with love, compassion, and a dash of romance. I recommend it to fans of sweet, historical romances.

Originally posted at The Long and Short of It Romance Reviews

4 stars 4 1/2 Hearts from TRS!
The Romance Studio http://theromancestudio.com (East Coast, USA) (Amazon)
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Brenda Talley

This book was told in the first-person point of view which typically is not my favourite. This plot was intense and complicated. It was, at times, hard to entirely comprehend. It was an intriguing book which I enjoyed, but it wasn't always flowing at a gripping pace. This book was also more historical than romance.

Having said that let me hasten to say that I was fascinated by the storyline. Even though I had not expected this reaction, it was a reintroduction into the historical aspects of the subject matter. This timeframe was an intense and horrendous period in our history. The book reminded me how hard it was to live through the actions of the war.

By the conclusion of this book, I was so involved that I was thrilled to immediately pick up the sequel and read it. I recommend this book to everyone who loves history. This author showed an incredible ability to reach her audience. This was my first introduction to her writing. It will definitely not be the last. 

5 stars
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Laura V. Hilton

Louisa Schmetterling is a German Jew involved in a dangerous stint with the Resistance Workers in Nazi Germany during the World War II years. Her pastor friend, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, arranged for his close friend, Robert Gordon, a pastor in Copper Springs, Arizona, to take Louisa in for awhile, until things calmed down in Germany.

Robert's wife has passed away, leaving him the sole caregiver of a four-year-old boy, William. William didn't know how to talk yet. Robert's aunt, Martha, moved in with Robert to help out with household chores. From the beginning, Martha makes it clear that she resents Louisa's presence, but Robert feels that taking her in is what the Lord would have him do.

Louisa reaches out to the young William, and soon finds herself immersed in the community. Still, a part of her is upset that she's not in Germany with her friends, working for the resistance. Will Louisa ever truly accept Copper Springs, Arizona, and the love that might be found there? Or is her life still in danger?

I wasn't real sure what to expect when I opened the covers of COPPER STAR. It has been my experience that a lot of books published by these smaller houses are not as good as those published by the larger houses. I was pleasantly surprised with COPPER STAR. It is apparent that Ms. Woods Fisher has studied the craft of writing extensively and she knows what she's doing. The book is written in a literary style, and is not a sweet romance in writing-style. However, that doesn't detract from the story-line at all. The characters are well developed, the romance is very real and present, and the faith message is expertly woven in.

Written in first person, the reader is instantly immersed in Louisa's point of view. The only thing that could be improved somewhat is Louisa's internal thoughts, as they aren't mentioned a whole lot in the book. However, the reader is aware of her thoughts through conversation and narrative. COPPER STAR easily compares to some of the historical books I've read for review recently. This author is one to watch. Make sure you pick up a copy of COPPER STAR. You won't be sorry.

5 stars
RebeccasReads.com "Rebecca's Reads" (Austin, Texas) (Amazon)
Kam Aures for Rebecca’s Reads

After a dangerous stint as a Resistance Worker in Nazi Germany, Louisa Schmetterling finds herself evacuated to the safety of Copper Springs, Arizona. Her friend and fellow Resistance worker Dietrich Bonhoeffer connected her with Reverend Robert Gordon, whom Dietrich had met in Seminary, and set it up so she could stay with Robert until the war was over and she was out of danger. In the Gordon household also lives Robert's aunt and Robert's hearing impaired son William.

It is interesting to watch as Louisa develops relationships which each and every one of the members of the Gordon family. Some are easy to form, like with William, while others are more challenging, like with Robert's aunt. With William she plays a pivotal role in enabling him to communicate. Before he had never uttered a word but with Louisa's concern and guidance he began to be able to express himself like never before. She causes changes to come about with Robert as well. When she first arrived, Robert's sermons lacked conviction, but once Louisa started editing them, they became more dynamic and full of energy.

Not everything goes as planned though when former Berlin resident (but now Copper Springs' banker) Friedrich Mueller sniffs out Louisa's past. As an avid Nazi supporter he is a huge threat to her safety. Between the Mueller drama and the secrets of William's mother's past, this book is a definite page-turner!

Fisher has a real knack for creating an engaging fictional story while maintaining historical accuracy. The characters in the book are very interesting and you truly develop a sense of just who each and every one of them is. The plot is intriguing and anyone interested in history, romance, and/or faith, will surely enjoy this easy-to-follow, fast read.

I actually read the 2nd book in this series, "Copper Fire," before I went back and read this first one, "Copper Star" and I can promise you that you will not be disappointed by the sequel to this first book. Fisher is an excellent writer and I can't wait until her next book or series comes out.

5 stars
Lily Ann Sholer (Danville, California) (Amazon)

Suzanne Woods Fisher has struck gold with Copper Star A beautiful love story full of twists and turns. I can't wait to read the sequel. A job very well done!  

5 stars
Karen Jones (Amazon)

It's been a long time since I couldn't put a book down but after reading the first 1/3 of this novel it only took one day to read the rest! I ended up wanting to know more about Louisa's life, both past and future. I hope Ms. Fisher will continue the story!

5 stars
A. Rossetti (Amazon)

I could not put this book down. It is a wonderful story with history and clean romance. Louisa arrives in Copper Star as a refugee. Little does she know that God has sent her there on a mission to help the family that is helping her. I highly recommend this book.  

5 stars
Melinda Walker (Amazon)

I HIGHLY suggest this book. It has an excellent balance of history, adventure, & a love story.

5 stars
Todd Frimoth (Vienna, Austria) (Amazon)

An outstanding first novel for Suzanne Woods Fisher! Set in a small, Arizona town, the big war in Europe seems distant, and nothing out of ordinary besides the typical war effort of the 1940's. But enter Louisa, a half Jewish girl with charm and spunk--and a commitment to changing the world. Fisher's heroine starts to churn this quiet town, and finds takers along the way, including a passive preacher whose lifeless sermons seem to mask a deep secret. What develops is a truly compelling story that holds you, especially the ending.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer's spirit influences as well as hovers throughout the novel. Though already a Bonheoffer fan, reading Suzanne's book inspired me to watch again the recent PBS movie, and deepened my admiration for Bonhoeffer's faith and difficult sacrifice.

I loved "Copper Star". I was engrossed with the story since it combined my own personal passions; travel, music and history. Though set in America, Mrs. Fisher's novel took me back to my years of living in Vienna--the cobble-stoned streets and ancient cathedrals. This book reminded me of the Zion Covenant books by Bodie Thoene, and particularly, "Vienna Prelude".

4 stars
Faith T. Mcdonald (Pennsylvania) (Amazon)

I enjoyed this book for it's intriguing plot, interesting characters (Even the secondary characters like Miss Gordon and Ada, Miss Gordon's cousin, were fun to get to know!)and historical accuracy. Once I started the book, I couldn't put it down. My interest in Dietrich Bonhoeffer has been piqued. I can't wait to read more of Suzanne's work.

4 stars
Carol Cushman "Libris Lover" (Amazon)

Suzanne Woods Fisher's first novel, Copper Star is a shining example of today's fresh new emerging authors.
She links different worlds in the unusual setting of an Arizona copper mining town while allowing us a glimpse into the world of a deaf child and the challenges that presents. Who would think our heroine could find love in a small town with Nazi sympathizers threatening her very existence? This book will remind us of lessons learned from great characters in history such as Deitrich Bonehoffer and Annie Sullivan while painting a beautiful love story full of hope. I look forward to her next novel, Tuscan Ketchup.  

4 stars
Armchair Interviews (Minneapolis, MN) (Amazon)
Armchair Interviews

Louisa Schmetterling is a German Jew involved in a dangerous stint with the Resistance workers in Nazi Germany during World War II. Her pastor friend, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, arranged for his close friend, Robert Gordon, a pastor in Copper Springs, Arizona, to take Louisa in for awhile, until things calmed down in Germany.

Robert's wife has passed away, leaving him the sole caregiver of a four-year-old boy, William. William didn't know how to talk yet, because he is deaf. Robert's aunt, Martha, moved in with Robert to help out with household chores. From the beginning, Martha makes it clear that she resents Louisa's presence, but Robert feels that taking her in is what the Lord would have him do.

Louisa reaches out to the young William, and soon finds herself immersed in the community. Still, a part of her is upset that she's not in Germany with her friends, working for the resistance. Will Louisa ever truly accept Copper Springs, Arizona, and the love that might be found there? Or is her life still in danger?

Written in first person, the reader is instantly immersed in Louisa's point of view. The only thing that could be improved somewhat is Louisa's internal thoughts, as they aren't mentioned a whole lot in the book. However, the reader is aware of her thoughts through conversation and narrative. Copper Star easily compares to some of the historical books I've read for review recently.

I wasn't real sure what to expect when I opened the covers of Copper Star. It has been my experience that a lot of books published by these smaller houses are not as good as those published by the larger houses. I was pleasantly surprised. It is apparent that the author has studied the craft of writing and she what she's doing. The book is written in a literary style, and is not a sweet romance in writing style. However, that doesn't detract from the storyline at all. The characters are well developed, the romance is very real and present, and the faith message is expertly woven in.

Armchair Interviews says: This author is one to watch for her historical romances that also inspire. She is a contributing editor for Christian Parenting Today magazine.

5 stars
C. Coty (Tampa, Fl USA) (Amazon)

The good people of Copper Springs stay with you long after the final page of the book is closed. Louisa, the beautiful emerging butterfly within all of us, bumbling and headstrong at first, but willing to submit to the Master's gentle molding of her life into a woman of faith and strength. Robert, the wounded and tentative, afraid to love again. Little William, who unabashedly acts on his feelings, learning to reach out for the mother's love he desperately needs. Aunt Martha, representing the difficult person in everyone's life. And even wicked Friedrich Mueller, the epitome of the dark forces of spiritual warfare, waging a battle that has already been won by the forces of Light!

I'm anxiously awaiting the sequel, Ms. Fisher. Keep the great stories coming!  

5
Denise Navarra (California) (Amazon)

This well-written, easy to read novel is a great blend of history, faith and love. I enjoyed every aspect of this novel and am sad that I have finished the book so quickly.  

5 stars
J. Bloss "jb" (Illinois) (Amazon)

From the opening sentence, this novel kept me turning pages until I finished it. It has everything a great book should...lively characters, compelling plot, realistic dialogue and historical accuracy. I so enjoyed getting to know Louisa, Robert, sweet little William and even Miss Gordon (whose sour demeanor finally morphs into a rather lovable disposition)!

Fans of historical fiction must read this book--and fans of good and meaningful fiction, regardless of genre, will not be disappointed.  

5.0 out of 5 stars
Jill Hart "cwahmjill" (CWAHM.com) (Amazon)

Louisa Schmetterling has just arrived in America. She's a German freedom fighter, who has to come stay with a minister's family to await the end of the war. Because of the anti-Nazi activities she was involved in while in Germany, her life was in danger. Her plan is to bide her time in America until she can return to the country she loves.

The family she is living with in America - Reverend Robert Gordon, his son, William and fussy Aunt Martha - worm their way into Louisa's heart. As she works with William, who is deaf, to teach him oral communication, she finds herself becoming attached, which is something she was hoping to avoid.

When Louisa is discovered by a local Nazi sympathizer, she must once again run for her life. How can she protect the family she's come to adore? Will she be able to leave them behind to complete the mission in Germany that she believes God has called her to?

This debut novel from Suzanne Woods Fisher is a beautiful picture of love and hope amidst the terror of WWII. Readers get a taste of what life was like during this tumultuous time in history. My one complaint? We never do learn Louisa's real name. Readers will enjoy this book and look forward to more from this new author -- and rumor has it that we may learn her name in the upcoming sequel.

Review by: Jill Hart, CWAHM.com  

5 stars
Debra Tonna Prince "Debra Prince" (Danville, CA) (Amazon)

I began reading Copper Star on a Tuesday evening, and although gone all of Wednesday, finished the book, two days later - Thursday. I couldn't put it down. Loved the humor, nuggets of historical facts about World War II and Arizona that were new to me, awesome characters, and a storyline that kept you guessing throughout the novel. The biblical references and prayers during challenging times were refreshing. It was one of those books where you want to keep the author noted for all future books released, to be sure you read each one. The book makes for a great gift (any occasion) for adults and teens, males and females. I do hope a motion picture picks up this novel. It would make for a great intriguing, yet, wholesome movie, everything we lack in today's choices at the cinema.  

5 stars
H. J. Cockshaw "christianmums.com" (UK) (Amazon)

Louisa Schmetterling is a German refugee reaching the end of her dangerous and chilling journey from Nazi Germany where she has been working secretly for the resistance against Hitler. Her destination is a small town in the deep south of America, not far from the border with Mexico. Her host is to be a church pastor and his family. They are not what she expected and neither is she what they expected but as they grow together in difficult circumstances she becomes enveloped into their family almost by accident.

Louisa has seen all of her family and friends murdered, taken off to concentration camps or put in prison and as such her deep desire is to return home to her native land after the war to help rebuild what must surely be a devastated, broken place. How else can she atone for the fact that she was saved when everyone else perished? What she didn't plan for though, is how much she would grow to love the townspeople amongst whom she has found herself? And how much they would grow to love her. As the story builds towards a dramatic climax she must choose between her long held sense of duty to her homeland and her growing sense of belonging in her present environment. This is not an easy choice, indeed it begins to look as though the choice won't be hers to make.

Evocative, spellbinding and richly compelling, this story weaves together with such intricacy and beauty that you won't be able to stop reading until the very final page. Suzanne Woods Fisher's beautifully eloquent writing brings the era and the area richly to life. It is a story of espionage and fear, war and death yet with it hope and love, and forgiveness and faith. An inspirational read.

review by Hilary Cockshaw at www.christianmums.com

5 stars
Annie-Elizabeth Pryor (Danville, CA) (Amazon)
A warm and wonderful story filled with charm and excitement!

5 stars
Reader Views "Reviews, by readers, for readers" (Austin, Texas) (Amazon)
Reviewed by Linda Benninghoff for Reader Views (1/07)


The title of this inspirational historical romance comes from Copper Springs, the arid town in Arizona to which a German refugee of Jewish descent and a member of the anti-Nazi resistance has been sent to escape the Nazis. The Reverend Robert Gordon waits there to greet Louisa. He is a friend of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a martyr of the Christian faith who was involved in a plot to assassinate Hitler. Gordon's son William, a deaf child whom his father worries may be retarded, also meets Louisa and plays a critical role in the novel.

It turns out that William not only is not retarded but highly intelligent. Part of the action of the novel surrounds Louisa's attempts to get William to learn how to speak. Louisa, inspired by faith, brings healing to both father and son, both of whom were wounded by the mother, an ambitious woman who left her husband and son when William was still a young child.

I found the novel's discussions of God, faith and prayer fascinating. While in the beginning of the book Robert is somewhat lackluster and his sermons in need of inspiration, he begins to grow as the novel goes on.

The characterization of Louisa, Robert and William is deft and compelling, and the changes they go through well-portrayed. The time of World War II, when everything still hangs in a balance, yet the Allied victory may be near, is captured in all its hopefulness and terror. It is as if the author had lived through these times.

This novel will appeal to anyone with an interest in this period of history or in religion, or romance. "Copper Star" is a fascinating novel and also works on a deeper level, and draws the reader into its deeper thoughts as the plot unfolds.