Not to be Forgiven


Ebook – September, 2013

Ebook | $7.99 Paperback | $17.95

Immersed in World War II propaganda, a 10-year-old Nebraskan child, Sis, is convinced all Germans are monsters. Her brother, Danny, is fighting Germans in North Africa. Then she meets Horst, an inmate in a near-by Prisoner of War Camp. He’s friendly, funny, and helps her save an injured magpie. She trusts him with her fears, but, shaken by ambivalence, tells no one about the relationship.

As events transpire, Sis ponders: Is Horst friend or foe? She can’t be sure. Then Danny comes home a shattered stranger, his diary filled with Nazi atrocities. Forcibly reminded all Germans are foes, she betrays Horst’s friendship to intransigent Nazis in the POW camp because she hears they punish American sympathizers. What she doesn’t know is that the evil of Hitler’s gestapo reaches all the way into these camps.

Sis learns what they did to Horst from a nurse who works in the POW infirmary; the result of torture, it leaves the kind German maimed for life. She is devastated. Decades later, Sis still grieves the unthinkable damage they did him and, as she sees Swastika earrings on a child, she remembers how their friendship was twisted by the malignant power of hatred. She prays for forgiveness for herself and asks mercy for a world again awash in hate.

SKU: HH-2013-002e Category:


Title: Not to be Forgiven
Author: Nancy Mayborn Peterson
ISBN – Trade Paperback: 978-1-936449-38-5
ISBN – eBook: 978-1-936449-39-2
BISAC: Fiction : Historical – General, Fiction : War & Military, Fiction : Cultural Heritage
LOCCN: 2013930818
Pages: 256
Price: Trade Paperback – $17.95. E-Book – $7.99
Trim: 6×9
Publication date: September, 2013

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Nancy Mayborn Peterson

About the Author

Nancy Peterson has been an award-winning writer for over 40 years. She has authored four books of Western history set during the frontier era; then she turned to the novel as a way to let her readers experience another traumatic time in our country’s history.

Nancy remembers vividly how life changed when Pearl Harbor plunged the nation into World War II. Combining interviews and research with personal knowledge, she has recreated the early years of that struggle, when the United States was on the edge of losing to the Axis powers. Not to be Forgiven, A Novel, relates how the war impacted Hiram's Spring, Nebraska, and forever scarred the lives of Sis Greggory, her soldier-brother, Danny, and Horst, a German prisoner of war.

The book was named the Best Mainstream Adult Novel of 2014 by the Colorado Authors’ League and also won a Finalist Award in the nation-wide  2014 Indie Next Generation Book Awards for Best First Novel.

Nancy Mayborn Peterson grew up in Scottsbluff, Nebraska. She is the author of People of the Moonshell, an award-winning Platte River history; People of the Troubled Water and People of the Old Missury, a two-volume history of the Missouri River; and Walking in Two Worlds, Mixed-Blood Indian Women Seeking Their Path. Nancy now lives in Lincoln, NE.  Please see


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