2021 Carol Award Finalists (and a Giveaway!): Amy Lynn Green & Things We Didn’t Say

Posted September 3, 2021 by meezcarrie in 2021 Carol Awards, Amy Lynn Green, Author Interview, Christian, giveaway, historical / 32 Comments

Hi again, dear friends! Through September 11th (culminating with a list of winners), I have the privilege of chatting with all of the 2021 ACFW Carol Award Finalists! Today I’m continuing with Amy Lynn Green and her historical Carol Award finalist book Things We Didn’t Say! She is also a finalist for the same book in the Debut Novel category. You can check out a list of all the finalists HERE and you can follow along with the posts HERE.

FYI – There will be 2-3 posts per day, many of which are offering a giveaway, so make sure you catch them all!

GENRE: Inspirational Historical Fiction
PUBLISHER: Bethany House
RELEASE DATE: November 3, 2020
PAGES: 400

Headstrong Johanna Berglund, a linguistics student at the University of Minnesota, has very definite plans for her future . . . plans that do not include returning to her hometown and the secrets and heartaches she left behind there. But the US Army wants her to work as a translator at a nearby camp for German POWs.

Johanna arrives to find the once-sleepy town exploding with hostility. Most patriotic citizens want nothing to do with German soldiers laboring in their fields, and they’re not afraid to criticize those who work at the camp as well. When Johanna describes the trouble to her friend Peter Ito, a language instructor at a school for military intelligence officers, he encourages her to give the town that rejected her a second chance.

As Johanna interacts with the men of the camp and censors their letters home, she begins to see the prisoners in a more sympathetic light. But advocating for better treatment makes her enemies in the community, especially when charismatic German spokesman Stefan Werner begins to show interest in Johanna and her work. The longer Johanna wages her home-front battle, the more the lines between compassion and treason become blurred–and it’s no longer clear whom she can trust.


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I asked the author…

What do you most want readers to take away from Things we didn’t say?

There are so many emotions, questions, and conflicts of the 1940s that are still relevant today. In Things We Didn’t Say, the characters wonder what it looks like to love their neighbor, have to fight to find genuine community in a lonely world, struggle to have faith in a world torn apart by war, and face the ugly realities of prejudice. I hope readers enjoy the characters most of all, but that those themes also make the story leap off the page to them. And if it inspires some readers to write a letter or two to someone they love, I wouldn’t complain!

Amy Lynn Green has always enjoyed history, and she loves speaking with book clubs, writing groups, and libraries all around the country about her WWII-set fiction. Her debut novel, Things We Didn’t Say, was a finalist for a 2021 Minnesota Book Award and a Carol Award and received a starred review from both Booklist and Library Journal. Amy and her husband make their home in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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Amy Lynn Green is offering a print copy of Things We Didn’t Say and The Lines Between Us to one of my readers! (US only. Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What makes you want to read the historical Carol Award finalist Things We Didn’t Say by Amy Lynn Green? Or, if you’ve read it already, what did you love about it?

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32 responses to “2021 Carol Award Finalists (and a Giveaway!): Amy Lynn Green & Things We Didn’t Say

  1. Anna B.

    I absolutely LOVED it!! I’m a huge fan of WWII fiction, but this was one of the first (probably the first) epistolary novels I’d read in that genre. I loved how that format allowed us to really get into each character’s head in a way that traditional storytelling couldn’t. Also I need a Peter for myself. 😂

  2. Elizabeth Litton

    This was the first epistolary novel that I read, and I loved it! It inspired me to read the book The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. 😀

  3. Haley Resseguie

    This was my first epistolary book as well. I was unsure if I would like it but I love WWII books so I tried it. I am so glad I did! I loved it and the style only added to the story which I did not expect. I just got The Lines Between Us in the mail this week so I am looking forward to reading it in the next week or two!

  4. Anne

    Historical fiction and World War 11 era is my favorite. This is a real treasure which I would enjoy and cherish greatly.

  5. Connie Scruggs

    I’ve been reading blog posts by Amy Lynn Green for quite s while. I enjoy her sense of humor and her writing style, so I’m interested to read her first published book.

  6. Perrianne Askew

    I enjoyed her debut novel and am looking forward to her sophomore novel. I’ve known of her for a long time due to her work in the publishing industry, so it’s interesting to see her bloom as an author.

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