Ruins of Castle Hanstein near Bornhagen, Germany

Visiting the ruins of Hanstein takes us back to medieval times - Castle Hanstein near Bornhagen, Germany in 2012 More »

Vietnam War protestors demonstrate - Wichita, KS, 1967.

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Solingen, Germany after the bombing, November 1944. - Stadtarchiv Solingen

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My grandmother Grete with her sisters in the early 1920s in Germany.

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B17 Bomber above German Airfield in WWII

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Books

Thank you for your interest in my books. I specialize in historical novels for adults and teens. What I really do is write stories full of mystery, action and adventure set in a different time. What I also do is use historical settings, people and events to illuminate history. For more details, please select a book:

book cover surviving the fatherland by annette oppenlanderSurviving the Fatherland: A True Coming-of-age Love Story Set in WWII  ***NEW RELEASE***

A sweeping saga of family, love, and betrayal against the epic panorama of WWII and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the children’s war.

Explores themes of war, children of war, betrayal and forgiveness, survival and hope

Perfect for

  • Fans of Historical Fiction
  • War and Survival Stories
  • Boys and War
  • Fans of WWII history
  • Students 

cover image for novelette 47 Days47 DAYS: The True Story of Two Teen Boys Defying Hitler’s Reich ***NEW RELEASE***

47 DAYS tells the true story of Günter and Helmut, best friends, who dared to defy and disobey. It is a novelette, an excerpt from SURVIVING THE FATHERLAND.

Explores themes of war, obedience versus defiance, boys and war, survival and hope

Perfect for 

  • Fans of Historical Fiction
  • War and Survival Stories
  • Boys and War
  • Fans of WWII History
  • Students

a different truth book cover

A Different Truth – Historical Mystery

What would you do if your best friend were attacked? Forget about it like they want you to or find out who did it. Even if it may cost you everything.

Explores themes of bullying, hazing, Vietnam War versus Anti-War Movement, truth versus obedience.

Perfect for

  • Teens
  • Teen Boys
  • Reluctant Readers
  • Fans of Vietnam War Era History
  • Mystery Fans

book cover Escape from the Past written by Annette OppenlanderEscape from the Past: The Duke’s Wrath (Book 1)

When a nerdy gamer tries out an experimental computer game, he time-travels to medieval Germany where he must survive in a hornet’s nest of feuding dukes while finding a way home.

Explores themes of medieval living, feudal system of lords and peasants, history of Thuringia Castle Hanstein in Germany, Knight Werner von Hanstein and Duke Schwarzburg

Perfect for

  • Teens
  • Teen Boys
  • Gamers
  • Reluctant Readers
  • Fans of Medieval History
  • Fans of Action/Adventure
  • Fans of Time-travel

The Kid - cover low resolutionEscape from the Past: The Kid (Book 2)

Intending to return to his friends in medieval Germany, Max mistakenly embarks on a journey through the Wild West of 1881 New Mexico.

Explores themes of the American Wild West and histories of Billy the Kid, Warm Springs Apaches, Chief Nana, the Black Range and old Fort Sumner

Perfect for

  • Teens
  • Teen Boys
  • Gamers
  • Reluctant Readers
  • Fans of American Wild West history
  • Fans of Action/Adventure
  • Fans of Time-travel

cover image for Escape from the Past, book 3Escape from the Past: At Witches’ End (Book 3)

In the conclusion of the Escape from the Past trilogy, Max returns to medieval Germany two years later to find Lord Werner is mysteriously absent and the new guards refuse Max entrance. Worse, something foul is in the air. Even Bero’s mother is terrified to see him. With no place to stay, Max soon finds himself on the run from Schwarzburg who hasn’t forgotten Max’s miraculous escape two years earlier.

Explores themes of medieval living, feudal system of lords and peasants, history of Thuringia Castle Hanstein in Germany, Knight Werner von Hanstein and Duke Schwarzburg

Perfect for

  • Teens
  • Teen Boys
  • Gamers
  • Reluctant Readers
  • Fans of Medieval History
  • Fans of Action/Adventure
  • Fans of Time-travel