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Dear Enemy

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  299 Ratings  ·  53 Reviews
Nurse Annie Rawlings has seen the atrocities of war and believes, as do most Americans, in the inhumane depravity of the enemy--the Germans. But when a rogue rescue mission ends in tragedy, Annie finds herself behind enemy lines, captured and alone with a wounded German soldier. Through shared danger, faith, and a love of music, the two forge a bond that will be tested by ...more
Paperback, 283 pages
Published December 31st 2005 by Bethany House Publishers (first published 2005)
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Naomi Sarah

This just IS a five-star read. It was - simply put - amazing.

1. It's set during WW2. :-) Stuff like Glenn Miller / Clark Gable / Moonlight Serenade are mentioned... gah, you know I love that time period. My heart might or might not belong there always.
2. I normally don't read many books that have a ton of fast-paced action. Why? Because I generally don't enjoy those kinds of books. But THIS ONE. :-)
3. The writing. It's... (warning: I'm going to use the word again and bold it)
Feb 17, 2015 Leona rated it liked it
Shelves: christian
It captured my attention and kept me so engaged that I finished the book in one sitting. It's well written and very easy to read. However, the story itself felt flat and the characters were too one dimensional. All except for Karl, the main protagonist.

I loved the whole concept of right and wrong, and that people can't easily fit into the category of enemy or hero.

This could have been a ten star read had the author drove deeper into each event and created more than a superficial connection betw
Crystal Navarro
Sep 23, 2012 Crystal Navarro rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, historical
I enjoyed this book more than I originally thought I would.

Isn't that kind of a backward thing to say? I haven't read a good, formal historical fiction in a long time and this book definitely delivered! The Battle of the Bulge has always been interesting to me (my Great Grandfather was fighting in the Ardennes on December 28th 1944 when my grandma and her twin were born, and was later wounded in that battle), but this was a story I quite honestly was not expecting.

Karl was not the character I im
Jesseca Wheaton
Feb 12, 2016 Jesseca Wheaton rated it it was amazing
OH MY GOODNESS!!! That ending! Augh!
Amazing book. When it keeps my up this late, err, early, then it's good. No, it's outstanding.
I'll write a full review later. . .when I can sort out all my thoughts and feelings.
Jacqueline Wright
Feb 04, 2013 Jacqueline Wright rated it liked it
It was difficult to put down, and quite absorbing, though the main characters felt a little flat to me. The overall plot was one I'd been hunting to find for quite a long time, and I think my own personal expectations where too high (if I can't find a book that has everything I want, then I should write it myself!). Well written with good dialogue, but the ending simply left me feeling horrible. It felt as though the author had written a wonderfully satisfying and poignant conclusion, then sudde ...more
Jun 13, 2010 Miriam rated it liked it
I really liked the book and the characters, but I thought the ending was a little rushed.
Aug 08, 2014 Virginia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I love this book!! I would totally recommend this book to someone who wants to read a story that you can snuggle into bed and read it into all hours of the night. It was a very touching story and I really love how the author portrayed the main character as someone who learned something from experience and acted upon it. We should have more books like this because it wasn't just a history lesson, but it was a story with life-like people and real life problems. It was a really good book!! Five sta ...more
Apr 14, 2014 GraceH rated it it was ok
Shelves: just-okay
I think that he is an amazing author with one slight problem...he can't end a story well. One of my favorite fiction books is "While Mortals Sleep" (by him), but he should have stopped with that one instead of adding those two last books. Seriously the third one was one of my worst books in the world. So I guess ours is a love/hate relationship. : ) All that to say, I really liked this (Dear Enemy) book until the end. He could have come up with something much better. Well that's my humble opinio ...more
I really liked the story flow in this intense tale of survival in war torn France and the coming together of two people from very different worlds. The author has a gift for telling a gripping narrative that keeps the reader going, scene from scene, without any slow gaps of extensive exposition or over intense scenes of war battles.

I was really touched by the primary theme as well. The idea that individual people can’t be judged by their overall society or by their government is a powerful one;
Caitriona Daniel
Oct 04, 2015 Caitriona Daniel rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, one of my favorites, I have read it many times and I never find myself disappointed by Jack Cavanaugh's book. I love the characters, especially Karl, he is such a plot twister and as you get to know him alongside Annie you can't help but love him and respect him for who he is and his thoughts on life, this particular character makes you rethink the way one would perceive a German during this time or anyone for that reason. Yes they could be abominable but not all of them are m ...more
Mrs. Doglvrs
Jul 13, 2011 Mrs. Doglvrs rated it it was amazing
I adored this book... while the ending is completely up in the air, it is one of the most beautiful stories of life, love, forgiveness and overcoming prejudice I have ever read.

Jack Cavanuagh remains firmly in my top 5 favorite authors!
Nancy DeValve
Feb 20, 2016 Nancy DeValve rated it really liked it
Wow! This was an excellent book. I think it's the first book I've ever read about this particular time and location (Belgium, Ardennes Forest, 1940's, World War II). The book had some pretty intense moments, the characters were well portrayed, especially Karl, and the book was realistic for its setting. Not only was it well-written, but it showed how your enemy isn't always who you think they are. I did wonder, though, how with all the traipsing around in the snow, there was only one mention of ...more
Jun 10, 2014 Sylvene rated it really liked it
Implausible, but memorable. The main character was likeable and relatable.
Aug 23, 2015 Grace rated it it was ok
This story has a lot of promise and the possibility of Annie coming to love the enemy, a German is quite intriguing. This could have been much longer with greater involvement and more connection with Annie. The ending was very much rushed. The last two chapters were insufficient and I was concerned as I was getting closer to the end that there were only a few pages left as the story required a longer and more developed ending. Disappointed. I wouldn't recommend anyone wasting their time on this ...more
Mar 27, 2012 Katie added it
How does this book end???
Dora Okeyo
Jun 18, 2014 Dora Okeyo rated it really liked it
This book took me on a journey, from prejudice to anger to pain to acceptance and finally left me wondering and asking 'what next?'
Based on the blurb, it's a story that's told by Annie-who tells of being a nurse during a war, and losing her friend and husband on the same day, to the enemy.
It's well told and the dialogues are interesting. I loved where Karl (the soldier who killed Annie's husband) asks her why Marcy's parents named her after a rodent, because she had called her Mouse!
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This was a surprising read for me! Even though I have always enjoyed most of Cavanaugh's works, this is one of my favorite ones.
By and large, I really like how distinct Dear Enemy is. In its sui generis plot, it brings a whole new dimension to typical WW2 fiction novels.
I also appreciate how Cavanaugh tackles sensitive questions about WW2 Germany. The two characters discuss touchy topics without making the reader too uncomfortable.
One of my favorite things about Dear En
Bruce Judisch
Jun 21, 2010 Bruce Judisch rated it it was amazing
(DISCLAIMER: I normally avoid the cliché “couldn’t put it down” like the plague. Therefore, please be advised that if you encounter it, or something like it, in this review, it will be for the simple reason that it was true.)

Dear Enemy is a quick read. It’s not a quick read because it’s particularly short, but because it’s particularly good.

Okay, maybe part of the reason for my enthusiasm is a fascination for the Greatest-Generation era. As horrific as World War II was, there was an ambient roma
Sep 04, 2007 Deb rated it liked it
Shelves: christian, historical
Plot Summary: What happens, When & Where, Central Characters, Major Conflicts[return]Nurse Annie Mitchell is disappointed when her honeymoon leave is cut short by a German offensive. Worse yet, after the rest of the nurses are evacuated, Annie volunteers to stay behind--only to find out that her husband is trapped and wounded in no mans land. With no one around to rescue him, Annie and one of her best friends commandeer an ambulance and go after him. Annie does find her husband alive, but he ...more
Rebekah Hart
Nov 03, 2014 Rebekah Hart rated it it was amazing
I had never read anything by this author and since I was in the middle of another book I just intended to read the prologue to see if I liked his writing. Before I knew it I was 60 pages in and had no intention of stopping. The story needed one more page, or at least a few more paragraphs, but it was amazing. I absolutely LOVED it!
Julianna Akuchie
Aug 31, 2015 Julianna Akuchie rated it it was amazing
Love it. This is my favorite book. I recomend it to all my friends. The story, the characters, the writing. I love all of it. Like many others, I wish it didn't end quite as it did but, books can't go on forever I guess. I almost want to follow the characters through the rest of their lives.
War teaches a hard lesson; one that leads to an unexpected conclusion.

The war rages without regard for civility. Could love develop from tragedy? Could two enemies find respect for one another? A must read showing a tragedy that leads to maturity.
Heather Letalien Costa
I was totally hooked and turned pages and had to know how it ended..........then I came to the rushed terrible ending. How can someone do so well throughout the whole story and end up short like that. SMH.
Jul 12, 2015 Elsie rated it it was amazing
Nov. and Dec of 2012 were really good months for reading for me. I read several books that I would like to recommend for book club and this is one of them. This was an easy read, but very good. It is about an American nurse in France during WW II. She has an understandable hatred for the German army. Through a set of circumsatances she is thrown into a situation and has to rely on a German soldier for her life. She also finds out that to her surprise he is a human being with the same hopes and d ...more
Marianne Manning
This book captured my attention, I enjoyed reading it, but I was disappointed with the ending.
Anna Topal
Nov 19, 2015 Anna Topal rated it it was amazing
This was my summer book. One of the most enjoyable reads! Do recommend! :)
Dear Enemy opens just before the Battle of Bulge. Newly married nurse Annie is looking forward to a honeymoon in Paris with her husband, a lieutenant named Keith. Their plans are ruined when they are involved in a gun battle with two German soldiers. One of the Germans died but so does Keith. Annie is then taken prisoner by the surviving German. However, as they continue along their trail out of the woods, Annie finds herself enjoying the soldier's company. I found this book very enjoyable and a ...more
Janet Valonis
Jan 27, 2016 Janet Valonis rated it liked it
Enjoyed the book; but, didn't like the ending.
Olivia Lee
Dec 08, 2014 Olivia Lee rated it it was amazing
A purely charming read.
Ashley P.
May 27, 2015 Ashley P. rated it really liked it
Shelves: ww2
Oh my goodness did I love this book! I'm going to be honest and say that I don't make it a habit to pick up religious romances, but in my defense I just read the words war and Nazi's and the book had my complete attention.
Even though I don't prefer religious themed books this one does not shove it into your face and while there was a few eye-rolling scenes (There was more than enough: Nazi's can believe in God? :O Wow. Much shocked.), the book as a whole was incredibly captivating.
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Jack Cavanaugh is an award-winning, full-time freelance author with twenty-five published novels to his credit. His nine-volume American Family Portrait series spans the history of a nation from 1630 to the present and is still in print nearly fifteen years following its release.

A student of the novel for more than a quarter of a century, Jack takes his craft seriously, continuing to study and tea
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