This is one of those rare love stories from World War II, a spell-binding tale that arises out of the Holocaust but ends happily. It begins in October 1938 when a 17-year-old German girl receives a letter from a German refugee, a young doctor living in the Belgian Congo, in the heart of Africa. As months pass, a world war looms, and the Nazis place increasing restrictions on Jews. This young girl must choose whether to follow her heart to her pen pal in Africa, or wait with her parents for visas to America.
Darice Bailer was a contributing writer to The New York Times for many years and is now an award-winning children's book author with more than two dozen titles to her credit. She has covered sports for The Hartford Courant, The Washington Post, and the Greenwich Time.