Tuesday, April 13, 2021

WHEN TWILIGHT BREAKS by Sarah Sundin, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"She will not be easily won."

Truer words were never spoken, and American graduate student Peter Lang, working on his PhD while teaching in a German university, took them to heart. Evelyn Brand was every ounce the "firebrand" her reputation indicated, except that instead of being put off, Peter was hopelessly intrigued. Of course, as a female American journalist, Evelyn would have to exhibit a tough persona, especially in the throes of reporting the news coming out of Nazi Germany, but there was more to it than that. Peter couldn't quite put his finger on it, but when he did, her reciprocation of his attention grew a bit frosty.

Peter Lang was handsome, witty, and persaverent, but they were an ocean apart when it came to their ideology about the Third Reich; whereas Peter saw order in the place of chaos, Evelyn saw a dictatorship that would stop at nothing to achieve world power, including genocide. She walked a fine line, writing the stories that were assigned to her, while carefully finding a way to script the truth between the lines, using well placed interjections of human interest, carefully confiscated from a trickle of confidential informants. She and Peter were heading for a head-on collision; the outcome wouldn't be pretty, more than likely it could prove fatal for one, if not both of them. Evelyn was about to experience, "Small. Alone. Vulnerable. And hunted." Would anyone come for her?

Riveting from beginning to end, this is the kind of story that grips you fiercely, tightly, and possessively, so much so that it is hard to breathe at times, for fear you will negatively affect the outcome. The perspective is brilliant; merging an attractive female journalist with an American graduate student embedded within German academia. Both have a lot to lose, but will leaning on each other make them stronger or weaker? "Sometimes a reed much choose to become a rod and risk the breaking in the storm". 

In my opinion, this well known author, who has written many good stories, has penned her very best novel to date. And it is this one. 
*I purchased a copy and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 
BackCover Blurb:
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 PhD 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.

This electric standalone novel from fan-favorite Sarah Sundin puts you right at the intersection of pulse-pounding suspense and heart-stopping romance.
Revell Publishing, February, 2021
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  1. Thank you for the lovely review, Rebecca! I'm so glad you enjoyed Peter & Evelyn's story!

  2. This book is in my TBR queue. It sounds terribly exciting!


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