I love the paradox of historical fiction – letting my imagination loose while enlightening the reader about real events.
When Courage Comes
A world at war. Two siblings separated by 6,000 miles. The enemy soldier who changes their lives forever.
It’s 1943 in Huntsville, Texas. Stephan, a German army conscript, is imprisoned in one of the first POW camps hastily built in America. The hostile community fiercely opposes enemy prisoners on American soil, but Stephan’s greatest threat lurks inside the camp – where Nazis demand his loyalty to a cause he despises. Does he ignore his conscience or risk death?
Stephan arrives in Huntsville after his surrender in North Africa where he saves the life of his American interrogator Captain Ralph Bauer. They part ways, with a shaken Ralph discovering a family heirloom that belongs to Stephan. His obsession with finding the prisoner and returning the keepsake puts both men on a collision course for Huntsville, where Ralph’s sister lives.
Passion for a prisoner is the last thing on Rose Bauer’s mind when Stephan is assigned to a work detail on her family’s cotton farm. They soon risk the unthinkable – in the dark about each other’s connection to Ralph. Rose also carries a shadowy secret that ups the ante in this tense and deeply moving story about a part of World War II few have discovered. When Courage Comes explodes against this rare backdrop, blurs the line between sworn enemies, and delivers hope in the midst of hypocrisy.
“Fleming’s rich period piece is a sensitive depiction of romance and divided loyalties during World War II.” — BookLife Reviews
“A warm and touching story about the ability of love and human connection to stand the tests of war, hatred, and violence.” – IndieReader
“A fascinating story with an amazing finish. I was sorry to see it end.”
“I read this book in one day! And just when I thought I figured out the story’s conclusion, the author has a surprise for us.”
“A historically authentic war tale…” – Kirkus Reviews
“A true page turner you will not put down. Fleming’s storytelling style paints vivid visual impressions on the reader. Bravo!”
“It shrinks the enormous footprint of WWII into a tangible personal struggle.”
“Excellent read. Explores a fascinating part of history that is meticulously researched by the author.”
“Leaves readers with an overarching message of hope — and an understanding of our own personal call to be courageous in our own lives.”