Anna Hansen had such fond memories of Emelia, the special doll given to her by her grandparents in Denmark for Christmas in 1937, that she couldn’t bear to pack her up again and leave her neglected in the attic. She must be set out to be adored as she had been when Anna was a child. What Anna didn’t know was that the doll contained hidden secrets about the Reich and their supporters during WW II, information that would put her family in jeopardy and change their lives forever. The discovery of en duke, Danish for “the doll,” after all these years, would lead to a race to the finish, but who would be the winner? Anna’s eldest daughter and her boyfriend rush to discover the hidden secrets while members of a secret society, bent on seeking revenge against those who supported the Gestapo, plot to gain the information they so desperately want.
Ellen Jensen-Dean, one of two children of Danish immigrants, grew up on a farm in Southern Minnesota. She draws on that experience for the background for her mystery novel, A Return to Say Goodbye. Although the characters may bear a similarity to people who populate any small farming community, both they and the details are fictional Upon graduation from the Fairview Hospital School of Nursing in Minneapolis and obtaining her RN, Ellen headed west to California to practice her chosen profession of nursing.
She currently resides in Southern California with her family and considers this home.