Historical Fiction Book Review: The White Rose Resits

About the Book

Title: The White Rose Resists 
Author: Amanda Barratt 
Genre: Historical Fiction 
Publisher: Kregel Publications 

Publisher's Description

“Inspired by the incredible true story of a group of ordinary men and women who dared to stand against evil. 

The ideal of a new Germany swept up Sophie Scholl in a maelstrom of patriotic fervor--that is, until she realized the truth behind Hitler's machinations for the fatherland. Now she and other students in Munich, the cradle of the Nazi government, have banded together to form a group to fight for the truth: the White Rose. Risking everything to print and distribute leaflets calling for Germans to rise up against the evil permeating their country, the White Rose treads a knife's edge of discovery by the Gestapo. 

Annalise Brandt came to the University of Munich to study art, not get involved with conspiracy. The daughter of an SS officer, she's been brought up to believe in the Führer's divinely appointed leadership. But the more she comes to know Sophie and her friends, the more she questions the Nazi propaganda. 

Soon Annalise joins their double life--students by day, resisters by night. And as the stakes increase, they're all forced to confront the deadly consequences meted out to any who dare to oppose the Reich. 

A gripping testament to courage, The White Rose Resists illuminates the sacrifice and conviction of an unlikely group of revolutionaries who refused to remain silent-no matter the cost.”

My Review

Within the pages of The White Rose Resists, Amanda Barratt has crafted a heart-wrenching and profoundly moving story of courage, conviction, and sacrifice. Based on actual events, this well-written novel boldly contrasts humanity’s capacity for love and hate, hope and despair, self-sacrifice and cruelty, perseverance and struggle, and faithfulness and uncertainty. With undeniable artistry, Ms. Barratt arranges ink on paper to paint a story that draws the reader into a gripping journey through chilling historical events that challenge the resiliency of the human heart and the human will to oppose evil and fight valiantly for truth, decency, morality, and justice.  
Set in Germany during WWII, a young group of university students find that blind obedience to a tyrannical regime becomes unfathomable. At great personal risk, they dedicate themselves to exposing evil and spreading truth. In their raw vulnerability and heartrending authenticity, the characters are simply captivating. Their fears, their needs, their desires, and their actions are wholly believable and gripping. The opportunities, the choices, and the trials that the characters endure are intricately developed, and from them there unfurls a story that is extremely poignant, emotionally-stirring, and thought-provoking. 

The White Rose Resists is an utterly breathtaking and moving novel. Ms. Barratt's talent for storytelling is remarkable. Her writing is well-researched, descriptive, and incredibly immersive. Within every paragraph and page there is deep meaning, real truth, and thoughtful purpose. This tender story is relevant, compelling, unforgettable, and inspiring. I recommend it enthusiastically.   

*I was given a copy of this novel by the publisher. A review was not required. The review I have written is voluntary and contains opinions that are entirely my own.

My Reflection

At times, this novel, so shocking and so tragic, broke my heart. I wept and I grieved for those who actually lived this story beyond the world of the printed page. As revealed throughout history, and as depicted in the pages of The White Rose Resists, the human capacity for evil is beyond my fathoming. Yet, the human capacity for compassion and self-sacrifice is equally striking. This book also reveals that where there is unwarranted hatred and oppression, there will always be those who purposefully risk much to oppose such injustice and cruelty.   
There are certainly heart-breaking moments in this extraordinary novel. Yet, as the sun sparkles through a stained-glass window made from broken shards and pieces, the light of God’s grace, glory, and redemption shines through the fragments of despair and illuminates a restoration and a justice unlike anything else. At all times and in all places, the radiance of God’s compassionate, miraculous care is always present, always inspiring, as it glows with mercy and hope.

About the Author: Amanda Barratt

“ECPA best-selling author Amanda Barratt fell in love with writing in grade school when she wrote her first story--a spin-off of Jane Eyre. Now, Amanda writes romantic, historical fiction, penning stories of beauty and brokenness set against the backdrop of bygone eras not so very different from our own. She's the author of over a dozen novels and novellas including The White Rose Resists: A Novel of the German Students Who Defied Hitler and My Dearest Dietrich: A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Lost Love.  Amanda lives in the woods of Michigan with her family, where she can be found reading way too many books, plotting her next novel, and jotting down imaginary travel itineraries for her dream vacation to Europe.”--Biography from Amanda Barratt’s author page on Amazon.com. 

Click here to visit Amanda Barratt's website.


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