Saturday, February 20, 2021

WHEN TWILIGHT BREAKS by Sarah Sundin, Reviewed by Paula and Winnie

A cracking good suspense novel set in Munich, Germany in the tense years before the outbreak of World War II.

Evelyn Brand is one of the few female foreign correspondents stationed in Germany in 1938. She is trying to prove that a woman can do this complicated job of getting the truth to the American people while not antagonizing the Nazi Regime. She meets Peter Lang, also an American citizen, who is doing his dissertation from Harvard on the German language. Having been to Germany a few years prior, he sees much improvement to society in the present climate. Will his eyes be opened to the coming threat?

It was fascinating to see what Ms. Sundin has done with her research into this volatile time in history. It was inspired by facts she found about her grandfather and the role he played during World War II.

This book is full of cloak and dagger moments as Peter and Evelyn walk a fine line as American patriots caught in Germany under an increasingly dangerous despot. They both trust God in a desperate situation. As Evelyn’s friend Libby says: “Don’t you know God makes us strong? He didn’t create us to be completely independent, but interdependent. That’s why He gave us families. That’s why He gave us friends. That’s why He gave us Himself.” 

Their background brought them to where they are: Running for their lives. A very exciting book. Sarah Sundin always brings her A game to Christian fiction.
*A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Revel through Interviews and Reviews. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.* 5 stars and a strong faith thread

Sarah Sundin has once again penned a magnificent historical fiction story, this time set in Munich, Germany right before the start of WWII. Rich in historical detail and populated with colorful, realistic characters, this book grabbed my attention and wouldn’t let go.

I admired Evelyn’s tenacity and drive as she attempted to get material for her job as an American newspaper correspondent. Spurned and thwarted by some of the male journalists, she had to work twice as hard to show her worth. Peter Lang, an American graduate student working on his PhD in German, was kind and friendly. It was interesting to see his attitude toward the German regime change when he saw increasing brutality against the Jews. I enjoyed also seeing Evelyn’s changing attitude toward Peter.

Sundin is a master at making history come alive, and her obvious deep historical research and background always show in her portrayals of life during these slices of history. Uplifting messages of hope, courage, and standing for the right are intricately woven into the tale.

“Even in the darkest night, the stars always shine.”

With plenty of suspense, intrigue, and a dash of romance, this book will appeal to those who enjoy magnificent historical fiction. I’m looking forward to more from this talented author.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Revell through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

Revell Publishing, February, 2021
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