D-Day 75th Anniversary Blog Tour: Amanda Barratt

Posted on June 7, 2019 | 29 comments

Welcome again, buddies! Immediately, it’s my absolute honor to host writer (and fellow “Amanda”) Amanda Barratt for her fantastic D-Day weblog tour publish. Welcome, Amanda!

D-Day 75th Anniversary Blog Tour

June Three-11, 2019

Welcome to the D-Day 75th Anniversary Blog Tour! Seven novelists are commemorating the courageous men who stormed the seashores of Normandy on June 6, 1944. Thank you for joining us as we keep in mind their heroism and sacrifice.

Our novels illuminate totally different features of the conflict—from the touchdown seashores of Normandy to Nazi-occupied Europe to the US Residence Entrance. Every day, visit with a brand new writer as we share about our stories, our research, and our distinctive settings. With every weblog submit, you’ll have the chance to win that writer’s novel–plus an opportunity to win a packet of ALL NINE featured novels and a stunning signed hardback copy of Every little thing We Have: D-Day 6.6.44, the brand new commemorative e-book from the Nationwide World Struggle II Museum!

Giveaway Details

For an opportunity to win ALL TEN books, please visit each weblog, gather the answers to ALL SEVEN questions, and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway under or on the BLOG TOUR PAGE. The competition opens June Three, 2019 at 1 am PST and closes June 16, 2019 at 11 pm PST. The winner can be announced on Monday, June 17, 2019. *Observe* A number of of the titles won’t be launched till later—these can be mailed after the discharge dates.

To win the prize of ALL TEN books, you have to have collected ALL SEVEN answers. The winner have to be ready to send ALL SEVEN solutions inside 48 hours of notification by e-mail, or a brand new winner might be selected.


Amanda Barratt

My Dearest Dietrich: A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Misplaced Love


A staggering love illuminating the darkish corners of a Nazi prison…

Renowned German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer is legendary for his resistance to the Nazi regime and for his allegiance to God over authorities. But what few understand is that the last years of his life additionally held a love story that rivals any romance novel.

Maria von Wedemeyer is aware of the realities of conflict. Her beloved father and brother have each been killed on the battlefield. The very last thing this spirited young lady needs is to fall for a man beneath constant surveillance by the Gestapo. How can she give one other piece of her heart to a man so more likely to share the same last fate? But when Dietrich Bonhoeffer, an previous household good friend, comes to comfort the von Wedemeyers after their losses, she discovers that love isn’t all the time logical.

Dietrich himself has determined to maintain his distance from romantic attachments. There’s an excessive amount of work to be completed for God, and his involvement within the conspiracy is way too necessary. However when he encounters a lady whose intelligence and conviction match his own, he’s unprepared for a way straightforward it is to offer away his coronary heart.

With their deep love comes danger–and neither Dietrich nor Maria is ready for simply how nice that danger quickly becomes.

Based mostly on detailed historic analysis, this true love story is directly lovely and heartrending. My Dearest Dietrich sheds new mild on a world-famous theologian . . . and the lady who modified his life.


An Unlikely Hero: Claus von Stauffenberg and the Plot to Kill Hitler

I do know that he who will act will go down in German history as a traitor; however he who can and does not, might be a traitor to his own conscience.

The man behind these phrases was a thirty-six-year-old colonel within the Germany army. His family descended from the Aristocracy. He was a husband, a father to 4 younger youngsters, a committed Christian.

Above all, he was a man determined to wrest his country away from the evil engulfing it.

His identify was Claus von Stauffenberg. 75 years ago, in July 1944, Claus and other like-minded high-ranking officers ready to enact plans to grab control of the German government and assassinate Adolf Hitler. Prior to this, many attempts had been made to finish Hitler’s life and rule over Germany, including two just a few months before. Each failed. Claus joined the resistance shortly thereafter. After witnessing the butchery of the SS towards Polish prisoners of conflict in 1939, Claus’s perception within the Third Reich and the person behind it, which had been waning for a few years, turned cold. After sustaining accidents as an officer in Africa, including the lack of his left eye, Claus returned to Berlin to get well. When he was positioned on obligation at the Basic Army Workplace in Berlin, he turned related with others who shared his drive to take action.

On July 20th, Claus flew to the Wolfsschanze (Wolf’s Lair), Hitler’s headquarters in East Prussia. In his black leather briefcase have been two explosives which, in the underground bunker, can be lethal to all occupants. When Claus arrived, he discovered the assembly had been moved to a convention hut due to the acute summer time heat. Also, because of the loss of his right hand and two fingers on his left, Claus struggled to arm the bombs, and only managed to ignite one. He entered the convention room, placed his briefcase beneath the massive oaken conference table, as near Hitler as he might handle, then slipped from the room minutes later. As he drove away, “a deafening crack shattered the midday quiet and a bluish yellow flame rocketed skyward.” Claus flew again to Berlin convinced of Hitler’s demise and determined to start the subsequent stage of the coup.

When Claus arrived, he discovered the steps his co-conspirators have been imagined to have taken instantly had been delayed. Quickly after, the grim phrase reached Claus at his workplace in Berlin.

Hitler had survived.

Hours fraught with pressure handed as Claus fought to salvage the takeover. Now, the conspirators fought not just for Germany, however for their own lives. Nevertheless it was too late. Loyalties crumbled and Claus was betrayed. On the morning of July 21st, Claus von Stauffenberg was marched into the courtyard outdoors his workplace at the Bendlerblock. He and his comrades have been executed by firing squad. Standing proud, shoulders thrown back, Claus shouted his remaining phrases.

Long stay our sacred Germany!

Within the following weeks, everyone with the slightest suspicion of involvement was rounded up by the Gestapo. The numbers rose into the hundreds. Claus’s pregnant wife Nina was arrested, separated from her youngsters, and sent to Ravensbrück concentration camp. Their youngsters have been taken to a foster house and given new names and identities. Nina survived her time in custody, gave start to a baby boy, and was reunited together with her youngsters after the struggle. She by no means remarried.

While researching My Dearest Dietrich: A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Misplaced Love, I found the tales of Claus von Stauffenberg and different Germans who risked their lives because, as Claus put it, “We took this challenge before our Lord and our conscience, and it must be done, because this man, Hitler, he is the ultimate evil.”

Although the July 20th plot didn’t succeed, and it took many years earlier than nearly all of Germans seen Claus’s actions as anything but traitorous, he’s now remembered as one of many few of his countrymen who took motion towards a murderous regime. His office at the Bendlerblock now houses a memorial museum dedicated to the German resistance. A statue of Stauffenberg stands in the courtyard at the website of his execution, as tall and proud as he stood in his ultimate moments.

The courageous men and women of D-Day fought for freedom. It may be stated that Claus von Stauffenberg, though his nation stood on the other aspect of the battle, fought with the identical objective and goal. Might we never forget the stories of heroism and sacrifice that sprang forth out of the horrors of World Struggle II. All of them, nevertheless unlikely the heroes, need to be remembered.

About Amanda: ECPA best-selling writer Amanda Barratt fell in love with writing in grade faculty when she wrote her first story—a by-product of Jane Eyre. Now, Amanda writes romantic, historical fiction, penning tales of magnificence and brokenness set towards the backdrop of bygone eras not so very totally different from our personal. Her novel My Dearest Dietrich: A Novel of Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Misplaced Love, launched from Kregel Publications in June 2019.

Amanda lives within the woods of Michigan together with her fabulous family, the place she may be found studying method too many books, plotting her subsequent novel, and jotting down imaginary travel itineraries for her dream vacation to Europe.

Join together with her at and visit her online at amandabarratt.internet.



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What was the identify of Claus von Stauffenberg’s spouse?


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For a chance to win a print copy of My Dearest Dietrich, please go to Amanda Barratt’s website at www.amandabarratt.internet, and join her writer publication.


Schedule for the D-Day 75th Anniversary Blog Tour

Remember to visit every website for an opportunity to win ALL NINE featured novels, plus the commemorative D-day e-book!

Notice: Hyperlinks to particular weblog posts will go reside on the submit date.

June Three: AMANDA DYKES, writer of Whose Waves These Are

June 4: CATHY GOHLKE, writer of The Medallion

June 5: LIZ TOLSMA, writer of When the Heart Sings

June 6: SARAH SUNDIN, writer of the Sunrise at Normandy collection: The Sea Earlier than Us, The Sky Above Us, and The Land Beneath Us

June 7: AMANDA BARRATT, writer of My Dearest Dietrich

June 10: VALERIE LUESSE, writer of Virtually House

June 11: MELANIE DOBSON, writer of Reminiscences of Glass