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Posted July 23, 2010
Thanks to Summerside Press for a review copy of this book. I love the way Tricia Goyer helps me learn about history as she sweeps me into her intriguing stories; this one's set in 1945 after World War II is over. I immediately care about the main characters Songbird, alias Betty Lake, a singer for the occupied troops in Germany, and Frank Witt, a combat photographer, who meet on a plane ride to their new assignments. Tricia Goyer shows the aftermath and destruction of a city and pulse of the community through these character's eyes. Loved it!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Betty is thrilled about this opportunity, but Frank thinks there's been a mistake on his assignment. He takes pictures of combat scenes, not show girls. Although, when he learns that Betty is in the show, his attitude starts to soften. He needs to win Betty's cooperation in order for them to work together to solve a mystery, in the hopes of saving thousands of lives.
I was fascinated by the setting of this book. I wondered if these places were real, what they looked like; so I googled them and here's what I discovered. Beautiful pictures of Festspielhaus in Bayreuth showed up on the web. It's a real theater built specifically for operas by composer Richard Wagner. He also constructed a home nearby called Villa Wahnfried-where the USO singers in Tricia Goyer's story stayed. I googled Richard Wagner and discovered some scary stuff the author refers to in this book about Hitler drawing inspiration from this composer's music. Tricia doesn't bog you down with an overwhelming amount of historical facts, but alludes to them through the characters and what people were concerned about back then after Hitler's death.
This is not the first book by Tricia Goyer I've enjoyed and learned from. Thanks Tricia, for your help in learning about another part of history. Thanks for a special story that has two real people caught in a whirlwind, doing the best they can to trust in God at a time when no one could trust anyone. It was a time of recovery for a country and its people. After reading this, I'm ready to read another book by Tricia, you will too.
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Posted March 31, 2010
Historical mystery sometimes clunks, but romance rocks
Songbird Under a German Moon by Tricia Goyer is a fast-paced historical mystery set in Germany in the days after World War II. Betty Lake arrives in Bayreuth, Germany to perform in a USO tour. She's thrilled to be singing in such a prestigious theater, one that was designed by Wagner, but her excitement quickly turns to fear when her roommate mysteriously dies, and Betty is certain that the label of suicide is wrong. Army photographer and undercover spy, Frank Witt not only believes her, but is falling under the spell of her beautiful looks and song. The couple must put aside their own fears and work together to discover the truth before someone else dies. While not up to the standard of Goyer's other work, this is still a great read. The look behind the scenes at the USO as well as the political climate in post-war Germany is compelling. The mystery itself is a bit obvious and the machinery for it creaks in spots. That said, I wouldn't mind at all if Betty and Frank decided to team up again and continue solving mysteries while serving in the military.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.