IN A TIME OF WAR, LOVE IS THE INSPIRATION.
With her brothers away fighting the Great War overseas, Livy Campbell desperately wants to help her family. Her chance comes when she meets a handsome stranger who lands her a job as a teacher in a place far from her parents' farm. But the war casts a long shadow over the German-American town that Livy now calls home-and the darkness will test everything she thought she knew about family and love . . .
More than anything, Friedrick Wagner wants to be part of his adopted country's struggle for peace. But when the bitter animosity between Germans and Americans soon turns citizens against newcomers, friend against friend, he will do whatever it takes to protect Livy from the hysteria that grips their town. As tragedy-and dark secrets from the past-threaten their future, Friedrick and Livy have one chance to stand up for what's right . . . and one chance to fight for their love.
|Publisher:||Grand Central Publishing|
|Series:||Of Love and War Series , #1|
|Product dimensions:||4.10(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.20(d)|
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I really enjoyed this book. It is a Christian book and so had a very sweet romance. Henrie did an excellent job at portraying innocence in both characters. My grandfather fought in World War II and I remember being told that he dropped one of the letter S in his last name because it was a German name (but there was never anything in our life that spoke to a German heritage) and it was easier for him. I never really thought about what that would look or sound like until reading this book. I know that Japanese-Americans faced persecution during WWII but again, never applied that to German-Americans as well - in either war. The fact that we don't really talk about this aspect of the war(s) in our history classes is sad. I can't wait to read the second book in the series!
Hope at Dawn is one book that will tug at your heart. I loved this World War I era novel. It is a great beginning to a series. I can't wait for book two to release. Stacy Henrie has great talent crafting true characters and creating a story with accurate historical detail. This is a must read. 5 plus stars.
A Beautifully Written Story about God's Plan for Two People "Hope at Dawn" by Stacy Henrie is book one of the Of Love and War series and tells the story of Friedrick and Livy. With her two older brothers fighting in WWI, Livy Campbell wants a way to help her family. It comes in the form of a teaching position, but what Livy was unaware of is that she will be teaching German American children. With the war raging against Germany, Livy finds her values tested. Friedrick Wagner wants to fight for his home country America, but his German-American father dying, Friedrick is needed at home. Taking a farm deferment, he stays to take care of his father, two half-siblings, and step mother. But with his heritage in question and newcomer Livy, he finds that the war is closer to home than he realized. I love these characters! Both are very relatable in their struggles and their values. Livy is the eldest daughter of her family and with her two older brothers fighting, she feels it is her duty to help her family in anyway she can. She struggles with what is right and wrong when teaching her German-American pupils. Her values come into question by not just herself but by those in the community. First from the German-Americans and second from the rest of the community who believes she's a German sympathizer. Friedrick struggles with his want to fight in the war and his need to take care of his family. With the prejudice against his family and friends rising, he struggles with anger and resentment against those that were his neighbors. The relationship that builds between Friedrick and Livy is sweet and full of love and trials. When Livy's beau stands her up at the dance hall on her birthday, a handsome stranger who turns out to be Friedrick asks her to dance. During the dance, Livy opens up to him and he tells her of the teaching position. Both are smitten immediately, but when Livy learns of his German heritage and with the prejudice Friedrick already faces with his neighbors, both become hesitant towards each other. I hurt for them during their struggles to be friends and eventually more. Prejudice, pride, and more affect them, but it's this Bible verse that is the overall theme of the book: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3: 5-6 and this one: "The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7 Overall, I loved this book and devoured it in a few days. The sweet relationship between Livy and Friedrick, the struggles against pride and prejudice, and the acceptance of God's plan for both of them make this story unforgettable. If you enjoy historical fiction, Christian or inspirational literature, and a little romance, I highly recommend you check out this book. A little note: there are a couple of scenes of violence related to the prejudice against the German-American community of this book, however it is a clean read and although it is listed as a part of a series, this book can be read as a standalone. ***I received a copy of this ebook from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.***
I have read quite a few books about World War II... So I was VERY INTRIGUED to read about World War I. So many things I didn't know or understand...very eye opening! A TENDER story of love and hope admist a backdrop of fear and despair. Livy has two brothers "fighting the Great War overseas." She wants a chance to help and she also needs to get away from Robert and be on her own. When a "handsome stranger" tells her of a teaching job she jumps at the opportunity. "But the war casts a long shadow over the German-American town that Livy now calls home—and the darkness will test everything she thought she knew about family and love . . ." Friedrick is caught in the middle... He was born in America, but his parents are from Germany. How can he stay loyal to both HIS COUNTRY and HIS HERITAGE in this time of war? When he meets Livy he is struck by her beauty and loves the fact that she accepts him as he is. "As tragedy—and dark secrets from the past—threaten their future, Friedrick and Livy have one chance to stand up for what's right . . . and one chance to fight for their love." AN AMAZING STORY! TOLD BY AN AMAZING WRITER! SO. SO. SO. GOOD! A MUST-READ!
First of all, this is a cover that I absolutely adore. It leaves a lot to the imagination, yet is really gorgeous. Next, I loved this story! I haven't read many books that take place during WWI. My great-grandfather fought in this war and passed away when I was really little. I don't know about many things that he experienced and the way life was then. This story made it really easy to picture how things were in my mind. I thought the writing was almost lyrical and the storyline was very engaging, with very likable characters. Livy has always wanted to be a school teacher and when she gets a tip about a school, she jumps at the chance. I love the way she jumps right in, even though it isn't ideal and is hard work. She doesn't let the little prejudices deter her, nor does she let the big ones. I would be scared to death to teach in a school in an area with such strict laws. She does the best she can and is such a strong and determined woman, standing up for what's right any time she can. I love Friedrick! He's so gentle and patient. I could feel the pain and embarrassment he had over not being able to serve his country. He's so willing to do whatever it takes to show his loyalty, even at the risk of putting his family in poverty. I love the way he sticks up for others, but does so in a very kind, persistent, understated way. I thought the author did a fantastic job of weaving fiction with truth. I have ancestors who Americanized their surnames and now I understand why. I learned some things that I didn't realize before. I can't wait to see what's next--Ms. Henrie is definitely an author to watch! Content: language--none violence--vague talk of war and death; threatening situations; a fight romance--clean kissing religious--mention of church, prayer, faith, but not preachy