Hi, thanks for stopping by. Here is my pooch, Mocha, trying her best to pose for the camera. It’s a tough thing to sit still when you’re a dog. We picked her up at the Humane Society in 2004. (She really picked us.) I hope you can stay a moment and see what’s new: another release in March and some editorial feedback for my novels. News and Appearances have been moved to the bio section and are pretty short right now because I just moved to Germany. It’s a good thing I write wherever I am. Also check out the rest of my site like my published books, what I’m writing now, or take a look at my blog, which tells about current activities. If you have comments or questions, please contact me. I love hearing from readers and fans and answer every e-mail.
“Where the Night Never Ends” Released
My exciting new somewhat romantic prohibition novel is ready to order. It’s not really historical romance, rather historical fiction with a good dose of romance.
Sam, a penniless young woman in search of her missing brother and a hobo burdened with a big secret, journey to Chicago’s glamorous yet crime-ridden 1920s where prostitution, bootlegging, and corruption rule. Separated by fate and brought back together by chance, WHERE THE NIGHT NEVER ENDS is an unforgettable tale of courage and perseverance, a tribute to the triumph of hope and love against all odds. More…
Everything We Lose: A Civil War Story of Hope, Courage and Redemption
“I highly recommend this historical book for all Civil War fans but also for those who just enjoy a good human story that will make you smile and cry.” Readers’ Favorite Five Stars“
Oppenlander’s rich, gritty descriptions are a joy to read. Her touching story moves along quickly, but will keep you in suspense until the final pages.” -Historical Novel Society
Two friends – one black, one white. Torn apart by an attack gone wrong. One escapes into war, the other is sold into slavery.
Told from alternating viewpoints, one black and one white, this is an exciting historical tale set against the epic backdrop of the American Civil War – a breathtaking examination of the power of hope and friendship, and the endurance of the human spirit to find a way home.
Surviving the Fatherland: A True Coming-of-age Love Story Set in WWII Germany
*Honoree 2018 Indie B.R.A.G. Award
*Finalist 2017 Kindle Book Awards
*An IWIC ‘Hall of Fame’ Novel
*#1 Amazon Bestseller German Historical Fiction
*41,000+ copies sold
“This book needs to join the ranks of the classic survivor stories of WWII such as “Diary of Anne Frank” and “Man’s Search for Meaning”. It is truly that amazing!” InD’tale Magazine
“This book is eye-opening and heartbreaking, and I would recommend it to anyone with the slightest interest in the war… I highly recommend this book!” San Francisco Review of Books
“This novel is fast-paced and emotively worded and features a great selection of characters, flawed and poignantly three-dimensional.” Historical Novel Society
“I loved this book!” Readers’ Favorite
Released on March 15, 2017, ‘Surviving the Fatherland’ has been my most ambitious work to date: a historical saga/coming-of-age novel set against the backdrop of WWII Germany. This novel focuses on what war children born into the Third Reich experienced and how this experience colored their lives and relationships. I worked on this novel for 15 years, took it through more revisions than I can count. At last I felt it was ready to be seen and help illuminate an aspect of WWII we rarely talk about: the children’s war. SURVIVING THE FATHERLAND is a true story, based on my parents who grew up in Solingen, Germany. In 2002, I recorded their memories, unaware that my mother would pass away within two years. How I wish I could share this work with her. Read more about my family’s story on my blog.
47 DAYS: The True Story of Two Teen Boys Defying Hitler’s Reich
This is the true story of my father’s WW2 adventure, 47 DAYS: The True Story of Two Teen Boys Defying Hitler’s Reich. 47 DAYS is a 15,000-word novelette, an excerpt from the bestselling and award-winning novel, SURVIVING THE FATHERLAND. Please read more about the background of this story on my blog A True WWII Adventure. This is a relatively short story, but I felt it to be especially important in today’s climate. Now more than ever are we responsible to think for ourselves, to question and to voice our opinion. We must not become lemmings jumping blindly over a cliff. Please note though there is some additional content, if you read SURVIVING THE FATHERLAND, you don’t need to read 47 DAYS.
Midwest Book Review
“…a science fiction time travel action/adventure novel that will grip the reader’s total attention from beginning to end. Very highly recommended for school and community library YA fiction collections.”
Historical Novel Society
Geared to a young adult audience, Escape from the Past is an entertaining and fast-paced read that guarantees to thrill any young reader’s/gamer’s wish to be a hero in a faraway time. Read full review
… a gripping YA historical novel. There’s something about the essence of Western drama that makes exciting, wonderful reading. Max is fortunate enough to participate in the gritty, courageous kind of living that was once a day-to-day challenge. This is a great historical fantasy read that will make you want to read the first book in this series! Read full review
Readers’ Favorite – Five Stars
A Different Truth is a powerful and thought provoking tale that allows us to think about our moral decisions. Readers who are personally familiar with the history of the Vietnam War will be fascinated by the story of the boys at Palmer Military Academy, whereas the generation that was born after the war would be able to use it as a trajectory to discover more about this unseen but crucial part of history. Full review at Readers’ Favorite
Annette Oppenlander has a genuine flair for original and compelling storytelling and as with the first two volumes, “At Witches’ End” will keep the readers rapt attention from cover to cover. Unfailingly entertaining from beginning to end…”
Historical Novel Society
“…Oppenlander’s tale is guaranteed to please readers who love plenty of adventures, battles and love trysts. It is highly recommended YA historical fiction.”