A rare World War Two novel in the English language with ordinary Germans at its centre, FIFTEEN WORDS is a love story, a war story, and a gripping human drama casting a fresh light on the plight of victims of war.
Despite struggling to reconcile their different political and religious views in 1930s Nazi Germany, Erika and Max, two newly qualified doctors, fall in love.
But then World War Two engulfs Europe and rips the young lovers apart. For four years Max must endure the barren cruelty of a Siberian POW camp, whilst Erika watches her beloved Germany destroyed as she tries to raise their daughter alone. And it’s not just the physical dangers of war but also the temptations of new companions that threaten to keep them apart forever.
Max’s Catholic faith takes a battering on the gloomy edge of the Arctic as he loses friends to both the climate and his captors.
Erika’s faith in the Führer gets severely redefined as she witnesses the destruction her leader has brought to her country.
Will Max make it back to Erika and the daughter he’s never met? And, if so, will he be the same man Erika knew and loved when he left?