Things We Didn't Say

Things We Didn't Say

Headstrong Johanna Berglund, a linguistics student at the University of Minnesota, has very definite plans for her future . . . plans that do not include returning to her hometown and the secrets and heartaches she left behind there. But the US Army wants her to work as a translator at a nearby camp for German POWs.

Johanna arrives to find the once-sleepy town exploding with hostility. Most patriotic citizens want nothing to do with German soldiers laboring in their fields, and they're not afraid to criticize those who work at the camp as well. When Johanna describes the trouble to her friend Peter Ito, a language instructor at a school for military intelligence officers, he encourages her to give the town that rejected her a second chance.

As Johanna interacts with the men of the camp and censors their letters home, she begins to see the prisoners in a more sympathetic light. But advocating for better treatment makes her enemies in the community, especially when charismatic German spokesman Stefan Werner begins to show interest in Johanna and her work. The longer Johanna wages her home-front battle, the more the lines between compassion and treason become blurred--and it's no longer clear whom she can trust.

Title:Things We Didn't Say
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780764237164
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  • MarilynW

    Things We Didn't Say by Amy Lynn GreenOutspoken, goes her own way, headstrong, Johanna Berglund, is a  linguistics student at the University of Minnesota, in I944, when she is asked to come back to h...

  • Regina

    This girl's got gumption!Who would have thought that a WWII Christian historical fiction novel would make me laugh in more than a few places, but the heroine of Things We Didn't Say kept me smiling an...

  • DeAnn

    3.75 German POW starsThis debut novel is written in the epistolary style, which means the whole thing is letters, notes, etc. I’ve read a few books in this style and they usually make for an interes...

  • Jocelyn Green

    Not everyone can pull off an epistolary novel. Amy Lynn Green is one of those who can, and with flying colors. Things We Didn't Say is on par with The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.Joh...

  • Sarah Sundin

    An outstanding debut novel, told entirely through letters and newspaper articles! Much will be said about the unique format of Things We Didn’t Say, but what truly shines in this novel are the chara...

  • Melissa Tagg

    I've waited and waited and waited to review Amy Lynn Green's debut novel, hoping that if I waited long enough I'd find the right words to do it justice. Well, this is me now surrendering, realizing th...

  • Rachel McMillan

    From Endorsement:A fascinating excavation of a little known moment in US history executed with an inimitable voice and extremely clever style. Excessively readable, this winsome epistolary is undersco...

  • Susan Snodgrass

    This was the first book I'd ever read that was written in the epistolary style. It was very different, but also very enlightening because the reader is allowed to get inside the characters' heads.I co...

  • Kellyn Roth

    This book was simply not for me! And that's okay. Some books aren't. This was a review copy that I didn't exactly know all the details about - now that I do (it's entirely epistolary, the main charact...

  • Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)

    3.5 stars. About this book:“Headstrong Johanna Berglund, a linguistics student at the University of Minnesota, has very definite plans for her future . . . plans that do not include returning to her...