Springtime of the Spirit [NOOK Book]

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By the fall of 1918, the Great War has ended and the world is at peace, but there is little to celebrate in Germany. After four years of fighting for his homeland, Christophe Brecht returns to find there is little left of what he once called home. So when family friends ask him to travel to Munich to bring back their runaway daughter, Christophe agrees.
When he finally locates Annaliese Duray, he discovers she is far different from the girl he once knew. Headstrong, idealistic,...
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Overview

By the fall of 1918, the Great War has ended and the world is at peace, but there is little to celebrate in Germany. After four years of fighting for his homeland, Christophe Brecht returns to find there is little left of what he once called home. So when family friends ask him to travel to Munich to bring back their runaway daughter, Christophe agrees.
When he finally locates Annaliese Duray, he discovers she is far different from the girl he once knew. Headstrong, idealistic, and beautiful, she is on the front lines of the city’s political scene, fighting to give women and working-class citizens a voice in Germany’s new government.
As the political upheaval ignites in Munich, so does the attraction between Annaliese and Christophe. With an army from Berlin threatening to squash everything Annaliese has worked for, both she and Christophe are forced to choose between love and loyalty.
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In the fall of 1918, Christophe Brecht returns to his defeated German homeland and agrees to help family friends bring back their runaway daughter, Annaliese. In Munich he finds her a very different woman than the girl he once knew. Though raised among the bourgeoisie, Annaliese is now fighting for the rights of women and working-class citizens. A devout Christian, Christophe believes that such matters are better left to God. Despite their differences, the two feel an attraction and are forced to choose what matters most to them. VERDICT This third entry in Lang's series (Look to the East; Whisper on the Wind) is a heart-wrenching love story set against the tumult of postwar Germany. It should appeal to fans of Amanda Harte's "War Brides" trilogy.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781414351070
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Series: The Great War , #3
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 493,563
  • File size: 2 MB

First Chapter

Springtime of the Spirit


By Maureen Lang

TYNDALE HOUSE PUBLISHERS, INC.

Copyright © 2011 Maureen Lang
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-1-4143-2437-1


Chapter One

One step, then another. He'd started out with his eyes forward, chin up, but all he could see now were the tips of his boots.

Christophe Brecht was inside German territory, the train having taken them back over the border, away from the trenches that had marred France for the past four years. The ground his boots pounded now belonged to the fatherland.

Home.

The only sound was that of his men marching beside him—not that their tread could be called marching. Most looked as tired and worn as he, barely able to take the next step. They were still covered in the mud of no-man's-land, thick from boots to knee and in varying layers up to the helmet.

Did any of them remember how it had been when they marched—yes, really marched—in the other direction? Songs and praise echoed from every avenue, and flowers showered them from smiling women, with proud pats on the back from fathers and old men.

The city that had sent them so gloriously off to battle was still beyond sight. Those not wishing to go all the way to Munich had been made to get off the train already, close to but not at their requested destinations. The train lines were in disarray after handing over half of Germany's locomotives to the Allies—too much disarray to answer individual needs.

But Christophe wasn't far from Braedon, his small hometown some distance west of Munich. He shoved away old thoughts of how this day was supposed to be. No victory parades to greet them, no flowers. No woman to kiss him now that he was home. Just silence.

He stared ahead under the autumn sunlight. His vision was clear, something the army had taken advantage of when they'd trained him to be a sniper in the last chaotic weeks of the war. Despite his earlier promotion from Hauptmann to Major, they'd stuck him where he was needed most, no consideration of his rank. Not that he hadn't been a successful sniper, but what he'd counted success only days ago now seemed something else altogether.

Very likely many of the men beside him couldn't see the details he could—signs on the series of poles before them: splashes of red, in flags, in backdrop. Signs he hadn't seen the likes of since before the war. Back when people still talked about politics, when the German voice wasn't the single one it had turned into during the war.

Then he saw it. An older poster, a bit tattered by the wind. The Kaiser's face, easily recognizable with his mustache and uniform. A call to arms.

Christophe tore his gaze away, to the sky, back to his boots. He'd answered that call; so had each of those who trod at his side. A call that had ended this way.

Rumor had it the Kaiser had fled Germany in disgrace. Good riddance. If what they said about the armistice was true—that Germany was to be given sole blame for the war—then the world hated them. Hated all of them for how the Kaiser and his cronies, both aristocratic and military, had pushed them into this war.

Hated them almost as much as Christophe hated himself for all he'd done while in it.

His pace picked up before he knew it; blood pumped as wildly as it had during any fight with the British or French, in offense or defense. He reached for a rock and hurled it at the Kaiser's image. It landed with a thud directly between the eyes.

Another rock, then suddenly more than just his own, along with a grunt here and there, a muffled cry. Were they his? No. A few men broke ranks and hurled themselves at what was left of the poster.

All his life Christophe had needed something to cling to. His parents, a schoolmaster, the church, his commanding officer. In the trenches, other soldiers. And Christ.

Hate filled him now—something he didn't want but couldn't rid himself of. He clung to that.

Christophe kept hold of the rock in his hand. No need to throw it—the poster had disappeared.

* * *

"And so, fellow Germans! The calendar may say autumn, but in fact we are in the springtime of Germany. The winter of an unjust war is behind us. New life buds for all of us. Are there storms in spring? Yes, but the squalls bring us the energy we need for change. We can build our country anew and model for all—for ourselves and for our neighbors, with the world's eye on us—that we speak as one voice, a voice of men, of women, all of us together as one people without differences."

Annaliese barely paused, although the crowd was already beginning to cheer. She read the same fervor on every face; it was like a wave passing over those gathered, binding them together, uniting them.

"They'll hear us speak of protecting and not exploiting our fellow citizens. They'll hear of our compassion for those in need, feel it in the plans to protect even the least in Germany. They'll hear our demands for the equal distribution of food!"

Cries of affirmation forced a pause.

"We'll no longer be burdened by the yoke of a monarchy or kept under the thumb of warmongers, but we will be free—yes, really free—to live in the peace for which our men fought. Peace! Freedom! Fairness! And bread!"

Annaliese Düray reveled in the jubilation, in the immediate approval of her call. They outmatched her voice, which was a considerable thing because her voice—especially on this platform—was bigger than she was. Hands raised, she lifted her cry even louder, proud of the timbre she'd inherited from her one-time schoolmarm mother. Not the strident screech of some women but midtoned, boisterous, easy on the ear even at this volume. "Peace is ours! And so is the future! If we rally behind the party!"

"Anya ... Anya, come along now."

Leo Beckenbauer's arm went around her waist and he ushered her from the crowd. Two others carved a path between the brick wall of the Apotheke behind them and the crowd before them, and off they went, the exuberance still echoing in her ears.

"Did you see them, Leo?" she called, breathless. "And more were coming! We should stay—"

But he pressed forward, and there was little she could do except follow, with Leo next to her, bodyguards in front and behind them. Each one was a brother to her, united not by blood but by something deeper, a passion ardent enough to stir all Germany to embrace a better future. One that would bond them with others throughout the world.

They evaded the few people who followed by turning into a narrow gangway between the back of the Apotheke and the shop next door. Only four blocks to the back of the butcher shop Leo's father once ran, the temporary headquarters for those whose ideals about the future matched their own.

Not a block away, Annaliese heard the echoes and cries of another rally, led by a voice she recognized as belonging to another party. The Communists—a party not likely to support the recently appointed Bavarian Prime Minister Eisner the way she did. Eisner had been appointed by revolution, with a quick and systematic takeover—and not a single shot fired. Such a takeover would have been far different had the Red Communists been in charge, even if they did want some of the same things Annaliese's own party wanted. Eisner had agreed to a quick election just weeks from now, proving his confidence that he had the will of the people behind him, even though a half-dozen other parties demanded their voices be heard, too.

But in this neighborhood, one voice rang loudest, and that was Jurgen's. A Socialist one.

She saw the exchange of glances between the men around her, starting with Leo, who looked at Ivo, who looked at Huey. Huey was an ironworker and Ivo a woodworker—or Ivo had been, until the war had claimed most of his fingers. Despite any hint of a disability, he was as tall as he was stalwart, just like Huey. It would take little more than a word from either one of them to disperse a competing crowd in their territory.

"I could have stayed this time, Leo," Annaliese said once they entered the back of the darkened shop. Though the kitchen hadn't boasted a single slab of meat or even the stingiest of sausages in well over a year, the slight residue of blood and spices still tickled her nose when Leo closed the door behind them.

Leo went to the table, where a stack of papers awaited him. "You know how Eisner likes it; you and Jurgen are to keep their thoughts on Eisner's council so the vote will be won. You'll spend time more freely with the people once Jurgen is back beside you. He is Eisner's council around here—or at least the best known of the council members."

Of all the voices struggling to be heard these days, other than Eisner himself, it was Jurgen who attracted the biggest response from nearly all corners of their broken society. His promises to meet everyday needs did not fall on deaf ears, because his was the voice of the workers and the peasants themselves—of all those who'd never had a voice before.

Jurgen liked to tell Annaliese she brought the women's voice to him, but Annaliese knew better. People came because they wanted to see Jurgen, to hear him, to witness the spark in his eye as he promised them what they wanted most of all. Each came with one need or another, but Jurgen promised that the council had the answer, no matter the question.

And Leo had access to bread. Bread few could afford in the quantities their office provided through donations and collections at street rallies. They could afford collectively what individually they must do without. Starve alone or unite and eat. Practical evidence of the effectiveness of the council's goals.

"Oh! This must have been delivered while we were gone." Annaliese scooped up the package left on the wide butcher's table beside the stack of notes Leo tended. "And just in time for tomorrow's council meeting."

Ripping away the string and paper, she held up the jacket for Leo to see. It was exactly as she'd told the tailor to make it: broad across the shoulders, with a touch of padding to make those shoulders appear fully capable of holding the world's woes, just as he needed them to. And not black, but blue—dark, though, because anything too bright would be out of place in their tattered world. Yet blue would cast his elegant eyes in the best light.

But Leo was shaking his head. "He'll look like a capitalist."

"No jacket will hide Jurgen's working-class background. It's in the width of his shoulders, the strength and size of his hands. In this, he'll look the way every man wants to look. Strong. Fatherly yet handsome; a leader. And the color will reveal the poet in him."

Leo aimed a skeptical brow her way. "Fatherly? I wasn't aware that's how you viewed him."

She ignored the comment; it wasn't the first time Leo had tried coaxing free her infatuation with Jurgen. "It's important that he not look like a military man, even if we do want the military behind us. We've seen enough leaders in uniform. And he won't wear the top hat of a capitalist, either, or the shoes of a monarch. He'll wear trousers like anyone else, only this jacket will show he can take on another's burden without the excesses of an exploiter."

"Yes, well, he's doing that, isn't he?" Leo fingered the sleeve—durable fabric, plain but for the dark blue color. "Well chosen, Anya. You're young but smart; I've said so right along."

Annaliese smiled at the praise, especially coming from Leo. Jurgen might be the one to receive public praise in the name of Eisner's council—or the blame from those who disagreed—but anyone who worked beside them knew whatever Jurgen believed, Leo had believed first.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Springtime of the Spirit by Maureen Lang Copyright © 2011 by Maureen Lang. Excerpted by permission of TYNDALE HOUSE PUBLISHERS, INC.. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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  • Posted August 11, 2011

    Good read

    What a interesting time period of history -Maureen Lang has done her research and has written a lovely book about political unrest and sensitivities, as well as romance - in the aftermath of the Great War.

    Former soldier Cristophe has returned home to Germany only to find it is not the country he once knew - or even what he thought he was fighting for. He is requested by a long time family friend to locate their daughter, Annaliese, who has left home for reasons unknown (to her parents). He finds her right in the heart of the new political scene, scorning her wealthy upbringing and fighting for the working class and women's right to vote and contribute to society as a whole. Eventually they fall in love....but all of the political unrest and war between the classes will stand in their way.

    I haven't read a book (fiction or otherwise) about this specific decade in history and found it very interesting. It was great to learn about politics and much more in Europe for this particular season of time. I look forward to reading more of her books.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2011

    Historical Fiction at its best

    Another is Ms Lang's Great War series, Springtime of the Spirit is set in Munich after the end of WWI. Passion for change and the political unrest of that time infect the reader. The war and its aftermath are emotional catalysts for the character's beliefs, fears and actions. The characters are as multi-faceted as the onyx pin the heroine holds dear. Flaws in the characters and the politics make this an intriguing read and demonstrate how passion for a cause can lead and can mislead. ms Lang subtly weaves romance with the history making both believable and a "can't put it down read".

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    very good

    Highly recommend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    Great historical war romance

    Annaliese and Christope's story covers a lot of emotions during the political upheaval in Germany after WWI. I find the political atmosphere during that time is very similar to what is happening in the US today. Progressive, socialist, and communist beliefs of "fairness" threatening capitalism and our belief in God. While this is a Christian novel, it is not preachy and the love story is sweet and clean. I would highly recommend this very well written 270 page read to everybody.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 23, 2012

    Good Story

    The story was very interesting and I learned something about the history of Germany in that time period.

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  • Posted July 18, 2011

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    Springtime of the Spirit

    Christophe returned home from the war with no greeting and no welcome. Annaliese jubilantly shouted as the crowd rallied to hear of freedom call. Their cries so different from the communists. Hunger dictates the country as the citizens of Germany celebrate the end of the war. Annaliese has won the attention of an important admirer, looking for a victory in the election, and one who can further the socialists party. Annaliese is reacquainted with someone from her past but could it ruin everything she has worked so hard for? Christophe is sent on a journey to recover what was lost. Will he truly find what he is searching for?

    A novel of politics, loyalty and discovery set in the time of the Great War. The scene of the storyline worked very well and I can see myself in the era as I read this book. I found the book to be much better and more entertaining than the other books before it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    Good historical romance!

    This was the first book I've read by Maureen Lang and I was impressed. A nice historical romance. This is set post WWI in Germany. One of the main characters Annaliese grew up wealthy but was advocating for peace and equality for all. Christophe, who was a friend of Annaliese growing up, was sent by her parents to bring her back to her home knew that true peace is only available through Christ. Through the story, Annaliese comes to find the truth that although we can try to promote peace here on earth is it only found through Jesus. You will enjoy this book!

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  • Posted June 9, 2011

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    History, Romance and Suspense -- A Great Read

    Maureen Lang in her new book "Springtime Of The Spirit" Book Three in The Great War series published by Tyndale House Publishers takes us to Munich in 1918.

    The Great War, as World War I was called, is over and soldiers from all sides are returning home. Christophe Brecht, a German, has been fighting for four years and is weary but the town he left is not the town he returns home to. The war has been devastating on Germany and much has changed, more than Christophe can deal with. So when he is given the opportunity to travel to Munich to bring back Annaliese Duray he jumps at the chance.

    Annaliese is working to bring about change in her country. However, she does not realize that the people she is working with want to turn her country to communism and that is where the conflict really begins to boil. Christophe stays to protect her and the romance between them begins to flourish.

    This is a fun read, it is an interesting read with many themes that you will need to think about long after you finish the book. I do not recommend starting this book late at night because it will cost you sleep as you will not want to put it down. Ms. Lang is an excellent writer and knows how to twist your nerve endings as she tightens the suspense.

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    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 2, 2011

    Springtime of the Spirit

    Springtime of the Spirit by Maureen Lang provides a unique perspective on life after "The Great War" (better known to most of us as World War I). Set in Germany in 1918, the story focuses on the rebuilding of Germany, with various factions each fighting for a new type of government that will provide a better future for the people.

    Analiese and Christophe, childhood friends, find themselves on opposite sides in this battle for freedom and rebuilding Germany. Analiese is devoted to socialism and fairness for all. While Christophe sees some of the good things in socialism, he ultimately believes that God is vital to the success of any new form of government.

    I found this book to be truly thought-provoking. It was interesting to see the perspective of each character. Reading the motivation behind why they felt socialism or communism would be the system to rebuild Germany on, reading about their thoughts on how terrible capitalism was and how capitalism was to blame for Germany's involvement in the war, reading about the doubts that Christophe (a Christian) had about his involvement in a war he's not sure he truly believed in, the doctrines of fairness and equality debated between socialists and Christians. It just made me think. A lot. Obviously, the book is fictitious, but I imagine that these thoughts would have been shared by actual people living in Germany in 1918. Most of the books set in various historical periods focus on America's role in events, so this was a refreshing change and gave me a new perspective.

    At times I felt like the book was a bit heavy on the speeches and the political views of the socialist party that is trying to come to power. It was a little wordy and sometimes confusing ... causing me to put the book down on more than one occasion. However, once I got further into the book, the pace picked up, and I found it to be quite thought-provoking.

    This is a bit more of a "thinker" than I was prepared for, but I enjoyed the book. Additional books in the series focus on characters living in France and Belgium during the Great War.

    I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale House in exchange for my fair and honest review.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 1, 2011

    Refreshing as Springtime

    If you have ever wondered what it would be like to live in Germany at the very end of World War I then Springtime of the Spirit (The Great War) is for you! Springtime of the Spirit follows the intertwining stories of Annaliese and Christophe. Annaliese (Anya) is a young woman who has left her wealth and her family far behind and has travelled to Munich to be a part of the political change and revolution going on there now that the war has ended. Christophe is a solider in the German army who is returning to his village after serving in the war for the past four years. He was a childhood friend of Anya and her sister so naturally when Anya goes missing her parents can find no one they trust more than Christophe to find her and bring her home. Christophe sets off after Anya and the true story begins.


    Springtime of the Spirit is filled with conflict, suspense, love and hate. Will Anya ever learn the truth about her sister's death? Will Christophe find Anya and be able to protect her in the midst of the political unrest which is tearing Munich apart? Will Christophe ever be able to forgive himself? It's all in the journey that is Springtime of the Spirit.

    I really enjoyed Springtime of the Spirit. If you love historical fiction and historical romances, then I highly recommend that you read this book. There are so many rich details that bring the story of Christophe and Annaliese to life. You never know exactly what is going to happen next. However, there are a few slow parts in the story that could probably have been cut or condensed, but there is much more that is good about this book than bad. I give Springtime of the Spirit four out of five stars and would gladly and willingly read it again and again!

    This book was provided to me at no cost by Tyndale House Publishing for review purposes.

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  • Posted April 14, 2011

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    A historical presence of political passion in Germany during the early 1900's with the mix of romantic allure, heat and lust of two men for one woman who is stronger than they are both.

    Meet Annaliese a feisty young woman not yet 18 who has left the only family she has, her parents, behind in her search finding something to believe in. Who is she? What does she care about? Annaliese seems to be stuck in a love triangle between a man who shares her passion of rallies and causes for socialism and a man from her past. The stage is set in the early 1900's after the end of the cold war, a war which still lingers with food shortages and unemployment. Annaliese is determined to put blame on the very man who comes to save her, blaming him for the death of her sister, while feelings of passion for him linger in her heart. Christophe is the man who was sent to fetch her, a soldier, a major who after returning from the war has come home to nothing. His only family his sister has left for America, his parents having died shortly after the death of his brother. Christophe although filled with sadness for his current situation, which includes not only coming back to an empty home, but also bitter from losing the war and feeling it a total waste, yet still holding onto his belief in God. A belief that Annaliese has long pushed aside, as she has also done to her family, her traditions and her past social class which she hides by not placing her last name forth for the very cause she so supports.

    I felt the pain and passion carried by Annaliese through Springtime of the Spirit from the beginning of the book to the very end. Christophe is quite the man, strong, patient, level headed, just what Annaliese needs to balance her. While Jurgan her partner in the political rallies and her other love interest seems like the basic playboy of the 1900's, something Annaliese senses and has seen first hand. I could sense the lust Jurgan carries for Annaliese then his curiosity toward Christophe, his rival who seems to appear out of nowhere. Jurgan's curiosity slowly turns into jealousy, in this triangle of passion. Springtime of the Spirit is a mix of history, love of a country, anger, God and so much more. I lost myself in this book and if you are a romantic who likes to feel the struggle of two men for the love and attention of one women, this book is for you.

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  • Posted March 9, 2011

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    A nice balance of historical, political and romance.

    I just finished reading "Springtime of the Spirit" by Maureen Lang. I was given a free copy to read and review from Tyndale House Publishers. It's a story set in German in the early 1900s.

    Annaliese is a young woman drawn into the political battle of a torn Germany. She and her colleagues fight for women and the working-class in Munich. Or at least, that is what Annaliese thinks. An old childhood friend joins her cause unexpectedly and forces Annaliese to question everything she stands for. She must find her own voice. She must forgive and forget. What will she choose?

    I like how the book is a nice balance of historical, political and romance. There's just enough of everything. The book has a nice flow and is well written. There were many instances of a lack of capitalization at the start of a sentence, but that is a publisher-author issue.

    I can say that despite the urge to avoid a story about Nazi German, I am glad I read the book. It teaches that there is always hope and forgiveness even in the midst of such turmoil. The only other book I can think of that is similar is "Amiee & Jaguar" by Erica Fisher. Another very good historical romance book, I must say.

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  • Posted March 7, 2011

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    Compelling Characters

    This is one of those books that make me think of irony. I've avoided "war" books because I tend to read mostly for escape and entertainment and I don't enjoy stories about wars. I do love historical fiction and this was offered to me for my honest review so I thought I might as well take a chance on it. The first thing I learned was that this isn't really a book about war ~ it's a book about people.

    The author has written some compelling characters that are exactly the kind I prefer. These are marshmallow fluff characters that leave you feeling as if you may need to visit the dentist because they are just a tad too sweet - too perfect to actually walk planet Earth. Annaliese is basically in rebellion against her parents, her government and her faith. Christophe is so angry at what has happened that one of the first things we see him do is try and destroy a poster of the Kaiser - his mind full of thoughts about how the army was lied and betrayed by the people who led them into the war.

    Another reason I don't much like "war" books is because I would like to keep all the horrible scenes and issues in the past - thinking it has no relevance on life today. I cringed more than once as I read the well-meaning Annaliese describe to Christophe why socialism was the right thing for Germany. Too often her speeches, along with those of her mentor, Jurgen, could have been ripped from today's headlines.

    What surprised me the most was how much I liked this book. It put a human face on a difficult period in Germany's history. Christophe's love and dedication to Annaliese wasn't conditional. He didn't stop caring for her because her views were different, or when she did things he didn't approve of. In many ways I think his love was a great example of how God loves us - patiently, completely and for who we are.

    This book featured wonderful characters that exhibited great strength as well as weaknesses. I think it was one of the best books I've read so far this year and I thank Tyndale House for providing it to me in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Posted February 17, 2011

    Excellent Read!

    An interesting and thoughtful read on the Great War. A defeated Germany and two young people with two very different "takes" on how to cope with a defeated homeland. But sometimes love is a battlefield . . . Christophe returns to his homeland after fighting in the Great War. Disillusioned and wondering how they lost the Great war when so little combat was actually fought on his homeland. He heads to Braedon. When he reaches home he finds that his sister has left for the US, Milwaukee, to be with their uncle.
    Christophe hopes to find the girl he loves, Annaliese. He remembers a sweet, gentle young woman. The Great War has changed his home land and Annaliese. Annaliese has become a fiesty.not.fraid to speak her mind kind of girl. Christophe finds Annaliese in Munich where she is unabashedly trying to have a say in their Communist.gone.to.the.dust homeland. But peacekeeping troops are sent from Berlin to Munich to squelch any of those citizens who may want true peace and equality in Germany. Annaliese has worked hard to help give women and the working-class a fighting chance and will not just sit idly by and let it all go down the tubes!
    Christophe believes that one should trust God and live as peaceably as possible. While Annaliese believes one should speak out and help others. Christophe and Annaliese have both seen the war first hand but each has a different view of how to combat the enemy.
    This is a 5 star historic thriller with a romantic subplot, learning to rely on God and choses between love & loyalty!

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  • Posted February 17, 2011

    Excellent Read!

    An interesting and thoughtful read on the Great War. A defeated Germany and two young people with two very different "takes" on how to cope with a defeated homeland. But sometimes love is a battlefield . . . Christophe returns to his homeland after fighting in the Great War. Disillusioned and wondering how they lost the Great war when so little combat was actually fought on his homeland. He heads to Braedon. When he reaches home he finds that his sister has left for the US, Milwaukee, to be with their uncle.
    Christophe hopes to find the girl he loves, Annaliese. He remembers a sweet, gentle young woman. The Great War has changed his home land and Annaliese. Annaliese has become a fiesty.not.fraid to speak her mind kind of girl. Christophe finds Annaliese in Munich where she is unabashedly trying to have a say in their Communist.gone.to.the.dust homeland. But peacekeeping troops are sent from Berlin to Munich to squelch any of those citizens who may want true peace and equality in Germany. Annaliese has worked hard to help give women and the working-class a fighting chance and will not just sit idly by and let it all go down the tubes!
    Christophe believes that one should trust God and live as peaceably as possible. While Annaliese believes one should speak out and help others. Christophe and Annaliese have both seen the war first hand but each has a different view of how to combat the enemy.
    This is a 5 star historic thriller with a romantic subplot, learning to rely on God and choses between love & loyalty!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 8, 2011

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    This is a strong historical thriller with a romantic subplot anchoring a profound look at a defeated Germany just after WWI

    In the fall of 1918, German Major Christophe Brecht returns from the trenches in France to a defeated nation though neither he nor the other soldiers with him understand how they lost the Great War as little of the combat occurred in his homeland. He and others are angry at the Kaiser as he makes his way to Braedon just west of Munich. When he finally reaches his home, he finds out that his sister Nitsa has left for Milwaukee to be with their uncle.

    Annaliese Duray believes the time for political and economic reform in Germany is now. She is not afraid to speak her mind about taking care of the workers, but not the way the violent Communists want to do. Christophe who loves Annaliese finally finds her in Munich where she pushes for the disenfranchised to have a say in the country. However, as an army sent from Berlin arrives allegedly to keep the peace by preventing the rabble-rousers from taking power in Munich, Christophe believes inner and community harmony comes with God while Annaliese assumes equality for all is the only way to achieve national healing and well-being.

    This is a strong historical thriller with a romantic subplot anchoring a profound look at a defeated Germany just after WWI. Christophe and Annaliese are fully developed protagonists who know the cost of the war first hand but in different ways. He saw it on the not so quiet Western Front while she saw it on the home front. Readers will fully relish Springtime of the Spirit as the hero finds sustenance in faith after the failure of the state; while the heroine finds her mojo in her belief in an equality state in which gender, race or religion is irrelevant as is a free will God.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted November 24, 2010

    Politics, Loyalty, Faith, and Love Collide

    What a pleasant read this books was. I have read most of Maureen Lang's books and I always expect to be touched. In Springtime of the Spirit, Maureen has told a wonderful love story in post WWI Germany. I was not sure the period would interest me, but her storytelling ability kept me riveted from the first page. She has a way of digging up historical facts we might not know and weaving them into her stories. Annaliese Duray and Christophe Brecht come from German bourgeoisie into the turmoil of struggling lower classes. Annaliese believes in total equality as the only way for peace. Christophe understands true peace comes only through faith. As the two clash, they also find honesty, loyalty, and love. This is a great book. Settle down and prepare to enjoy learning some history and fall in love again.

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    Posted March 24, 2013

    Welcome to new starclan camp!

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