Wednesday, March 13, 2024

EMBERS IN THE LONDON SKY by Sarah Sundin, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"All Aleida had to remember her son was a suitcase full of tiny clothes. And Oli."

As if life couldn't get any harder for Aleida van der Zee Martens while fleeing the Netherlands to escape the German invasion . . . it does. Awakening to discover that her cruel husband had torn their three year old son from her arms and thrust him into the hands of strangers, Aleida suddenly became a widow. Struggling onward to London where she has family close by, Aleida secures a position that will allow her to search for Theo while she helps to promote the evacuation of children out to the countryside. One of the many unexpected blessings comes in the form of a handsome, winsome, resourceful, and extremely kind BBC radio correspondent, Hugh Collingwood.

Hugh Collingwood is on a quest of his own making . . . to prove to his family that being a war correspondent is a calling worthy of the highly respectable Collingwood name. He has gained quite a reputation with his live action reporting, but not everyone wants the kind of censor-free information that Hugh strives to deliver, nor does everyone in London take kindly to the steady flow of refugees into the city. As Hugh and Aleida deepen their companionship, danger and unfortunate disappointment follow along closely. Will there ever be more . . . will they ever be three?
Carefully scripted scenes draw back the curtain on what it would have been like to survive the incessant bombings in London during the German Blitz, the courage it would have taken to report the news fairly and truthfully, the heartache born by the many parents who were separated from their children, and the treachery that undoubtedly pervaded the minds and attitudes of many due to misplaced alliances. And yet rising above it all . . .
" . . . love defeats hatred . . . light conquers darkness . . . life triumphs over death. Love glows in the midst of the flames, and new life - new life stirs amongst the embers."

Another fabulous historical romance by this author  . . . which like Oli, readers will always remember. 

*I purchased this book and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 4.5 stars

BackCover Blurb:
As the German army invades the Netherlands in 1940, Aleida van der Zee Martens escapes to London to wait out the Occupation. Separated from her three-year-old son, Theo, in the process, the young widow desperately searches for her little boy even as she works for an agency responsible for evacuating children to the countryside.

When German bombs set London ablaze, BBC radio correspondent Hugh Collingwood reports on the Blitz, eager to boost morale while walking the fine line between truth and censorship. But the Germans are not the only ones Londoners have to fear as a series of murders flame up amid the ashes.

The deaths hit close to home for Hugh, and Aleida needs his help to locate her missing son. As they work together, they grow closer and closer, both to each other and the answers they seek. But with bombs falling and continued killings, they may be running out of time. 

Revell Publishing, February, 2024
Available in digital ebook, paperback,hardcover, and audiobook:
Buy EMBERS IN THE LONDON SKY at Amazon, Christianbook .com, or Baker Book House

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