Review! Mari’s Hope by Sandy Brehl




Mari’s Hope
By Sandy Brehl
Series: The Odin’s Promise Trilogy #3 (#1, #2)
Approx. 276 pages – ages 9+
Published by Crispin Books on May 29, 2017

Synopsis from the Publisher- “In Mari’s Hope, set in occupied Norway in the final years of World War II, young teen Mari has become a valued helper to the village doctor, while continuing to play a role in her family’s efforts in the local resistance. As German war efforts begin to falter, the pressure increases to hold Norway firmly in their tight grip. But the freedom-loving Norwegians will do their best to thwart those plans.”

What I Thought- This was an absolutely amazing end to the Odin’s Promise Trilogy. While I am sad to see the series end, I will say that Brehl has crafted a wonderfully fulfilling ending, tying up all loose ends and satisfying the readers. The Norwegian setting is described in such a way that it feels as if you have always known just exactly what the land is like. Honestly, the book makes me want to visit Norway. I’m not kidding. The characters are all top-notch and fully-developed, making the story feel more like an actual memoir or biography of sorts than a fictional narrative. Brehl is definitely showing her prowess as a weaver of words, and I am excited to see what else she will cook up! The plot is slightly slow in places which is to be expected as several years are taking place within these pages. Although the plot slows down a bit here and there, everything that happens does contribute to the overall story in an important way and the reader is so caught up with imagery and character development the story is a pleasure to read. I really liked reading Mari’s letters, and think that they were a clever way to make the time-span of the book more efficient. This was an excellent historical fiction novel, showing readers about life in occupied Norway – an often neglected topic in fiction. I truly enjoyed reading this!

I give this book five out of five bookworms!

Categories: Age 9+

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10 replies

  1. Thank you, Erik, for this wonderful review and for your generous support of each title in the trilogy. Your reactions mean so much to me because you read such a wide array of of books and think deeply about each one. I do hope you’ll keep a trip to Norway on your radar. I look forward to returning there sometime in the future, too.

  2. I have heard of this series and agree, it is a topic that has been overlooked. So pleased you liked these stories and hope you get to Norway one day. It´s on my list too. Thanks for the well thought out review.

  3. Thanks for keeping us informed about this series – I’m looking forward to reading it!

  4. I loved Mari’s Hope and hope to read the first two books. So glad to see this series given some more love. I mentioned this series to the author of some beautiful Norwegian holiday picture books I review. Her daughter, Anja, is reading middle grade now and is very connected to her Norwegian heritage. She was thrilled with the recommendation!


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