SYNOPOSIS (from Amazon)
Synopsis (from Amazon):
Daughters of Teutobod is a story of love triumphing over hate, of persistence in the face of domination, and of the strength of women in the face of adversity.
Gudrun is the stolen wife of Teutobod, the leader of the Teutons in Gaul in 102 BCE. Her story culminates in a historic battle with the Roman army.
Susanna is a German American farm wife in Pennsylvania whose husband, Karl, has strong affinity for the Nazi party in Germany. Susanna’s story revolves around raising her three daughters and one son as World War II unfolds.
Finally, Gretel is the infant child of Susanna, now seventy-nine years old and a professor of women’s studies, a US senator and Nobel laureate for her World Women’s Initiative. She is heading to France to represent the United States at the seventy-fifth anniversary of the liberation of southern France, at the commemoration site where her older brother, who was killed in action nearby, is buried. The site is very near the location where the Romans defeated the Teutons.
Kurt Hansen is from Racine, Wisconsin, and has lived in Kansas, Texas, and Iowa. He has experience in mental health and family systems as well as in parish ministry and administration. He holds degrees in psychology, social work and divinity. Kurt now lives in Dubuque, Iowa with his wife of 44 years, Dr. Susan Hansen, a professor emerita of international business. Kurt is the author of Gathered (2019). Daughters of Teutobod is his second novel.
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Kurt Hansen the author of “Daughters of Teutobod” has written a captivating and intriguing historical fiction novel. There are several timelines in this story. There are several women that are the protagonists, from the different timelines. The author vividly describes the dramatic characters as complex, complicated, courageous, bold, and strong.
Gundren, is a “stolen” wife of the leader of the Teutons in Gaul in 102 BCE. She was considered a leader by the other women, and when Rome emerges victorious in war , Gundren has left the Roman leaders speechless by her lead and her actions.
Susanna is an American wife and mother, married to Kurt, a German-American farmer. They have three daughters and one son. As World War Two begins, Kurt becomes more of a Nazi sympathizer, and is a bully. Susanna tried to shield her children from his anger.
Karla is one of Susanna’s daughter and after a tragedy holds the family together. She is responsible for her husband, his mother, and her family.
Gretel was Susanna’s youngest girl, and in 2019, she is 79 years old, and a senator, and a noble prize winner. Gretel is giving an important speech, representing the United States in France. She does not realize the danger she faces.
I appreciate how Kurt Hansen discusses that there can be a world of hate, and evil, but with courage, and sacrifice, women can have the strength and purpose to show how love and good will triumph. I highly recommend this book to others.