Code Name Edelweiss

Author: Stephanie Landsem

Publisher: Tyndale House

Release Date: March 7, 2023

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Landsem connects the darkness of the rise of the Nazi party on home turf in the USA.

During the summer of 1933, Germany has just named the new chancellor, Adolf Hitler.  The Great Depression has been affecting people across the globe and the United States has felt its effects.  In the film industry in California, people are losing their jobs, but there is also growing tension between Germany and the film industry due to several of the studio owners being Jews.  Liesl Weiss loses her job as a secretary and finds herself begging an unknown stranger, Leon Lewis, for a job.  She discovers that he is a Jewish lawyer who has been watching the change of tides as Germany’s new Nazi party has come into power.  He asks Liesl to take a job as a spy with the Friends of New Germany group and report to him what she discovers using her new code name, Edelweiss.  As she places herself and her family in danger, the information is too dangerous to ignore, and she knows that she must stand for what is right.

This is my first book by Landsem and as someone who loves this era of fiction, it will definitely not be my last.  She quickly pulled in my attention with the Liesl’s story and that of some of her counterpart spies with what was happening in the Los Angeles area during the 1930s.  I’ve always heard that not much emphasis was put on the war until after Pearl Harbor, but discovering this was based on a true story with sleeper Nazi Germany cells throughout the United States was really unnerving.  The character development was great and I would love to see more come out of this story in the future!

I received a complimentary copy of this title from the publisher.  The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

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