by Sarah Sundin
About a year ago, I discovered Sarah Sundin when I came across The Land Beneath Us and I am so glad I did. The Queen of World War II is back at it again with another adventure-filled novel set at the beginning of the war in none other than the heart of it all – Germany!
1938, World War II
Munich, 1938. Evelyn Brand is an American foreign correspondent as determined to prove her worth in a male-dominated profession as she is to expose the growing tyranny in Nazi Germany. To do so, she must walk a thin line. If she offends the government, she could be expelled from the country–or worse. If she fails to truthfully report on major stories, she’ll never be able to give a voice to the oppressed–and wake up the folks back home.
In another part of the city, American graduate student Peter Lang is working on his Ph.D. in German. Disillusioned with the chaos in the world due to the Great Depression, he is impressed with the prosperity and order of German society. But when the brutality of the regime hits close, he discovers a far better way to use his contacts within the Nazi party–to feed information to the shrewd reporter he can’t get off his mind.
Lately, I have been fascinated with World War II. My most recent book acquisitions have taken place in various locations and times of the war, but none quite as dangerous as a Semitic-descendent living in Germany as a brave journalist seeking to bring light to the darkness of the Nazi party. There are many reasons to love this latest release from best-selling author, Sarah Sundin.
First of all, I loved all the historical detail Sarah Sundin has woven into the story. Specific names, laws, and events were both fascinating and horrifying! Through education and entertainment, we learn, in portion, the terror, inhumanity, and injustice of the socialist regime of the Nazi Party. Prior to reading, I would have said, I was pretty knowledgeable on the subject. However, I learned so much by reading this book. I knew more about when the United States joined the war, but very little about life in Germany before the war even began. When the future was unknown and the danger and hate seemed only a passing phase. I found myself wanting to journey through the words on the page and tell all those that I could of the horrors of the future. For the Jews to hurriedly seek a way out of the country, that not only were they losing employment, but everything.
Furthermore, while I read this book, I not only felt righteous anger as any reader would, I felt pulled into the story as if it were I who was running for my life. My palms began to sweat and my heart raced. I was so engrossed in the story that any sound I heard in real life, made me jump.
I really enjoyed Peter and Evelyn’s story. They made so many mistakes, but they remained strong and brave. There were times that I would have cowered in fear, but they continued to persevere. I really appreciated Peter’s persistence and patience. His pursuit of Evelyn reminded me of Jesus. Despite being rejected over and over, he continued to pursue her, even when he felt all hope was lost.
Sarah Sundin is such a gifted writer. I love how she seamlessly transitions between events in the story. She doesn’t write how I think she would at times. A chapter will end in one person’s POV and then switch to the next with a large gap of information, but instead of relaying all the details in chronological order, she beautifully writes all the missing details in such a way that feels more like the narrator’s reflections than “catching the reader up”. It continuously kept me on my toes and wonderfully built suspense.
Lastly, I appreciated the added detail of the location and dates at the beginning of each chapter. It would have been difficult keeping track of all those details, but it sure came in handy as a reader. I often found myself scrolling back a few pages to figure out how much time had passed and where they were then. A nice addition.
I was given a free copy of the book, but the opinions in this review are completely my own.
The Red Review: ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
***5 Hearts: Compelling Characters, Well-Written, Interesting Storyline, Unable to Stop, Desire to Re-read