by Elyse Hoffman
A heart-wrenching WW2 story of forbidden love and torn allegiances.
Franz Keidel is a monstrous SS soldier: loyal, hateful, and devoted to Hitler. With a cold heart, he hunts down his Führer’s enemies, but one fateful mission will fracture his shield of ice.
While hunting for Jews, Franz stumbles across a familiar face: Amos Auman, his childhood friend. Amos is the only source of joy in Franz’s life, but he is also a Jew. Unable to bring himself to kill his friend, Franz vows to protect Amos from his fellow Nazis.
As Franz spends more time with Amos, bringing him food and books, he falls in love with his kind-hearted friend. How could he fall in love with a man, a Jew? How can he continue to hate Jews when a Jew has thawed his icy heart?
And what will Franz do if he has to choose between Amos and his loyalty to Hitler? What choices does he have when he is already beyond redemption?
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Readers are touched by this historical novel:
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “This book will grab your heart, make a fist, and squeeze until there is nothing but a dried up husk left. You have to read it! No, seriously. There are so many feels going on here. The author lifts you up then smashes you down, over and over again and I guarantee you’ll ask for more.” – A Voracious Reader
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “Author Elyse Hoffman tells a small-scale story about World War II that perfectly demonstrates the dehumanization of the Jewish community of that era and how young German men were brainwashed to commit mass genocide. The characters are complex people with inner conflicts and grey morals that make them relatable and thoroughly compelling to read. If you liked the hit Hollywood movie Jojo Rabbit, you’ll love Fracture.” – Reader’s Favorite
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “This book was amazing. I loved how much depth the characters had, and appreciated the moments that broke the tension by making me laugh. Hoffman did an excellent job of bringing the whole story to life, and has a unique way of describing things that made this a delight to read. Highly recommend!” – Goodreads Reviewer
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ “…watching Franz wrestle with his beliefs and question everything he had been told was difficult for me. I found myself egging him on hoping he’d realize the truth about the lies he’d been told…
Only the best books can pull your emotions in every direction. I laughed, I worried, I gasped in shock, felt connected, had butterflies, and felt an ache in my stomach. It has been a long time since a book did this to me. Do not deprive yourself of this book. The author truly wrote a beautiful book about brokenness, love, and loyalty. It was raw and intriguing…”
About the author
Elyse Hoffman is an award-winning author who strives to tell historical tales with new twists. She loves to meld WWII and Jewish history with fantasy, folklore, and the paranormal. She has written six works of Holocaust historical fiction: the five books of The Barracks of the Holocaust and The Book of Uriel.