My Dearest Dietrich: A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Lost Love, / by Amanda Barratt
Kregel ISBN 9780825475795
Adult Rating: 4
Award-winning author Amanda Barratt pens a historical novel based on the true love story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Maria von Wedemeyer.
In My Dearest Dietrich, German pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer, famous for his resistance to the Nazi regime, comforts a family friend, Maria von Wedemeyer, upon the death of her father and brother. Maria finds herself drawn to thirty-six year old Dietrich, despite their age difference and that he is constantly being watched by the Gestapo.
Dietrich tries to keep himself detached from the young woman, knowing he might also lose his life or be imprisoned for his work in the conspiracy against the government. Maria’s conviction and intelligence deeply attract him, and despite their age differences, they form a romantic attachment and face serious risks. Will they have a happily-ever-after ending?
Based on detailed historical research, the ending is not a surprise. Bonhoeffer is imprisoned until the end of his life. Yet, their relationship inspires the reader, as they become more familiar with him through the letters he writes. One finds a man who is faithful to the Gospel yet longs for a happy future with a family, a man who risked his future to stand against evil. My Dearest Dietrich tells the story of love, courage, family, and faith.
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