Lisel Span has dreamed only of wonderful things in her future. Living with her father, sister, and brother in a cramped apartment in Berlin, the small family shares what seems to be an unbreakable spirit of love and security. However, with the rise of the Nazi party and approaching dark clouds of war, any kind of future grows increasingly uncertain. Knowing little of hate and destruction, Lisel is ill prepared as the storms of battle erupt in full fury and loved ones are taken from her as her beautiful city is reduced to rubble.
With fear and despair rising within, it is through her quiet, compassionate father that Lisel discovers faith and hope. Now, in a desperate journey to find her sister, Lisel and her neighbor flee Berlin and the advancing Russians for Frankfurt, a city under the protection of the Allies. But their flight to safety is filled with pain, hunger, and terror. However, with spiritual lessons and blessings from her father, the support of departed loved ones, and her tried but undying faith in a loving Heavenly Father, perhaps Lisel can emerge like the fireweed—rising strong and beautiful from scorched ground—transforming bitterness and despair into a charity that never faileth.
This is one of the best books I have ever read, and I don't say that lightly. I have found myself going back to visit Lisel and her family and friends from time to time over the years because the characters are so real, you feel as if you were reading a true story and that you had made new friends. Indeed, this story is representative of what happened to so many in Germany. If you have ever wondered what it was like to be a German citizen during the time of World War II, this book will help you to understand in a way you never thought possible. In addition, you will be inspired by how faith becomes an absolutely essential part of survival for so many as the world they have known and loved is torn apart and changed forever, and as freedoms are increasingly lost, and destruction is everywhere. I always come away from a reading with so much gratitude in my heart for the truths of the gospel; the many, many blessings I have; and renewed determination to make the world a better place for everyone.
Fireweed by Terry Montague is a WWII saga from the German citizen point of view. Terry pulls the reader into Lisel's heart and then lets you see, smell, hear, feel and touch her world. I wanted to reach out and give Lisel a hug. Dean Hughes and Sandra Grey fans will enjoy reading Fireweed.