Set during the Battle of the Bulge during World War II, Dear Enemy is a work of Christian historical fiction with the main characters being an army nurse and a German soldier. Nurse Annie Rawlins finds herself behind enemy lines, when she becomes captured by a wounded German soldier. Her initial feeling of hatred towards her enemy, changes as she gets to know him. Eventually, she must come to terms with the reality that it is possible to love and respect someone who is fighting for the other side.
This is a good first novel for Jack Cavanaugh. I enjoyed the historical perspective, although the author could have researched a little more. There were a couple of glaring anachronisms and this book lacks the depth and prose of more accomplished writers. Still, it was engaging (if not a tad cheesy), and I’ve no doubt would be enjoyed by many. I could definitely envision this novel as a Hallmark Hall of Fame Movie.
3 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2005
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