Songbird Under a German Moon

Songbird Under a German Moon

by Tricia Goyer


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The year is 1945. The war is over and 21-year-old Betty Lake has been invited to Europe to sing in a USO tour for American soldiers who now occupy Hitler’s Germany. The first night’s performance is a hit. Betty becomes enthralled with the applause, the former Nazi-held mansion they’re housed in and the attention of Frank Witt, the US Army Signal Corp Photographer. Yet the next night this songbird is ready to fly the coop when Betty’s dear friend, Kat, turns up missing. Betty soon realizes Frank’s photographs could be the key to finding Kat. Betty and Frank team up against post-war Nazi influences and the two lovebirds’ hearts may find the each other. But will they have a chance for their romance to sing? The truth will be revealed under a German moon.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781935416685
Publisher: Summerside Press
Publication date: 02/01/2010
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 912,921
Product dimensions: 5.34(w) x 8.26(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Tricia Goyer is an award-winning author of twelve novels, more than 300 articles and six nonfiction books. In researching for her WWII novels, Tricia has interviewed over one hundred veterans and service women involved in support efforts. She has also traveled to Germany, the Czech Republic, and Austria for research. She lives with her husband and three children in Kalispell, Montana.

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Songbird Under a German Moon 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
RomanticFanatic324 More than 1 year ago
KEPT ME IN SUSPENSE!!! I just finished reading Songbird Under a German Moon by Tricia Goyer within 2 days! It's such a great book to read. If you like to be in suspense while hearing a love story then you should read this book! Songbird Under a german Moon is about a young woman named Betty Lake who arrived at Bayreuth,Germany after WW2 to sing/entertain the U.S. troops who are currently occupying post-Hitler Germany. Her first performance is a hit and she is praised for her beautiful voice. She also attracts the attention of Frank Witt, a U.S. Army Air Corps combat photographer. But before they can start their romance, her roomate,Kat, goes missing. Everyone concludes that she committed suicide but to both Betty and Frank it seemed like it was murder. So, it's up to both the lovebirds to help solve the mystery. Will Betty and Frank have a chance to let their romance sing? Who killed Kat and why? The truth is revealed under
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Goyer gives her readers post World War 2 drama & mystery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You should defenitely read this if you are looking for a good summer read.
knittingmomof3 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From My Blog...Songbird Under A German Moon by Tricia Goyer is set in post-war Germany. WWII ended 5 months ago and Germany is occupied by the allied troops to restore peace. 20-year-old Betty Lake has recently arrived on her USO tour and is stationed in Bayreuth, Germany and singing in Festspielhaus. Frank Witt an Army Air Corps photographer as well as an OSS agent has been assigned to cover Festspielhaus, which allows him a reason to be near Betty, whom he recently met but instantly fell for. Rumours have been going around that Festspielhaus is unsafe, some say haunted, for none can account for the mysterious things that occur there, especially in the evenings. Dierk has been sneaking into old ammunitions buildings to collect pieces he needs to stop the town of Bayreuth and Wagner from further being disgraced. Tricia Goyer has woven together a brilliant story told through the narratives of Betty, Frank, and Dierk. Songbird Under A German Moon will take the reader back to post-war Germany, combining historical accuracy with a sweet romance as well as a well laid out mystery, steeped in historical information. Goyer covers many areas superbly with her beautiful prose, historical accuracy and well designed plots making Songbird Under A German Moon a delightful and thoroughly enjoyable novel to read, reminding the reader that even under some of the most horrific circumstances, good does indeed prevail.
MissMermaid118 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
SONGBIRD UNDER A GERMAN MOON represents my first real foray into reading Christian fiction. I wasn't really sure what to expect, but I was curious. I decided that I was most likely missing out on some well-written books, and wondered exactly what it was that was causing me to resist the genre. I think my main concern was that I didn't want to feel preached to. Then I wondered why I might feel that way. After all, I read books about a wide variety of cultures and beliefs, I usually feel more understanding and respect for those cultures and more tolerance toward different beliefs after I've read about them. When I read a book with non-Christian characters and one of them refers to their spiritual beliefs, offers up a prayer to Allah, or spends time before a Hindu shrine, I don't feel as though I am being pressured to adopt those beliefs. Rather, I take it as an opportunity to learn, to gain insight not only into the character but to another culture as well. So why couldn't I approach Christian fiction with the same attitude? I decided to read a few books, consider their literary inpact on me, and write about them here I my blog. And so, I did.I like reading historical fiction and one of my favorite periods to read about is the WWII era. I also like mysteries and the occasional romance. In SONGBIRD UNDER A GERMAN MOON, Tricia Goyer weaves all three of those strands together and creates a WWII historical with a rather transparent mystery and a predictable romance -- but it all makes for a pleasant read. It might be hard to imagine that a story set in Germany immediately after the end of the war could be a light read, but I compared it to Hollywood movies from the same period -- the handsome and brave American hero, the beautiful spunky yet vulnerable heroine, the sinister bad guy who gets his comeuppence . . . As I said, this was an enjoyable read. Goyer has a nice, clear writing style - the kind that looks easy but surely isn't. Her descriptions of a war-torn Germany are evocotive and transport the reader back through the decades. I learned a few things about the war that I didn't anticipate - mostly about the plight of displaced persons and the way that Hitler was influenced by Wagner's operas. I'm rather embarrassed to say that I had no idea he pretty much used Wagner's masterpieces as a sort of soundtrack for his cause. I also like that Goyer worked into the story line the fact that many soldiers were so young when they joined the military, they had not yet graduated from high school. During the course of the war, they matured from boys to men, rid the world of an unspeakable evil, and yet didn't have the education to get a decent job. After all they had been through, they still had to tackle algebra!Both central characters, Betty and Frank, are easy to like. Betty is sensitive and empathetic, with a gift for putting others at ease. Despite her youth, she has a strong sense of self and a determination to help others and generally do the right thing. She would be a steadfast and loyal friend. Frank's work as a war photographer provides a means and a cover for his more critical job gathering intelligence for the military, and that dangerous responsibility has also aided him in shielding his heart from love. Neither Frank nor Betty are actually looking for love but, when they meet, each can't help but wonder if the time isn't right after all. So, what did I think about the Christian aspect of the book? I think Goyer did a terrific job of creating characters whose faith is central to their lives without actually preaching to the reader. Frank and Betty each draw strength and comfort from their faith. They occasionally ask for help or offer prayers of thanks. Goyer deftly made their faith a part of their personalities but only an aspect of the story. There's no proselytizing in this book; rather, Frank and Betty are examples of good, caring people who happen to be Christian.
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TBCN More than 1 year ago
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!! 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. Nora St.Laurent The Book Club Network Finding Hope Through Fiction
MarjorieVawter More than 1 year ago
Tricia Goyer's extensive research into the World War II era, including many firsthand accounts from WWII vets, shows in every book she's written about this time. Songbird Under a German Moon is no exception. Betty, Frank, and all the other characters in this book are real, fun, and I got to the end of the book feeling as though I'd made a slew of new friends. Of course, the intrigue and mystery always capture my attention, and that did not disappoint in this latest story from this author. A truly enjoyable read.
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
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.
MissMalu More than 1 year ago
Under the historical fiction genre and set in the post-war era of World War II, Tricia Goyer has molded a story that kept my attention from the very beginning. I did not want to put Songbird Under a German Moon down. The very beginning of the story starts out with a bit of action as Betty is on an airplane, headed into the heart of Germany, but not sure if her plane is going to land safely. Once off the plane, she meets handsome combat photographer, Frank Witt. As she begins her adventure of singing with the USO for the soldiers in the famous Festspielhaus, mysteries begin to abound, especially with her stay in a mansion that Hitler once stayed in. The story gave me goosebumps in certain parts, just thinking about what evil must have remained in post-war Germany after such a leader as Hitler. As stories unravel, danger seems to abound....even though the war is over and the commanding officers who were once under the lead of the Fuhrer are behind bars. This story is a story of both suspense and romance. I can't help but love it, as it is in an era of time that I love reading about and just can't get enough of. You can purchase Songbird Under a German Moon for $9.35 from Barnes & Noble. You can read more reviews on Litfuse. (Disclosure: I was provided a copy of this book, free of charge, by Litfuse, for the purposes of review on my blog.)
LovenGod More than 1 year ago
Did you hear it? That sigh of contentment of another 5 star Tricia Goyer book read (devoured more like it). Once again Tricia Goyer has written a novel that just makes you sigh with contentment. A wonderful book filled with suspense and tension. And love blooming in a war torn German city. Betty Lake travels to a war torn Germany to perform with the USO, a small town girl who got her start singing in the church choir, Betty is sure that this is the fulfillment of her dreams. However all was not smooth sailing so to speak, it seemed that from the very flight over, things were bumpy in Betty's life. Finding herself falling for a handsome soldier/photographer, and enjoying her role in the USO show, Betty is pretty sure things are looking up, only to find our her roommates husband died in an accident and then she was found floating in a nearby pond. The MP's are positive it is suicide, but Betty just cannot believe that Kat would take her own life. A mystery to be solved, for sure! Trying to keep safe, but to also figure out what has happened Betty keeps her eyes, and ears open. Most definitely a book you do not want to miss, Tricia Goyer has given us a 5 star hit!! $12.99 US 334 pages 5 stars This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was recieved for this review.
steelergirl83 More than 1 year ago
Having really enjoyed the Love Inspired series by Summerside Press I was really excited to read Songbird Under a German Moon, one of the first releases in their new suspense line. So far I have not been disappointed. While I was a little frustrated with the lack of romantic interaction between USO singer Betty Lake and U.S. Army Air Corps photographer, Frank Witt. I did enjoy the mystery even though I knew "whodunit" right from the start. I really loved the setting of war torn Germany as I don't think I've ever read a novel set in post-Hitler Germany. I liked Betty and Frank but I didn't connect with any of the other characters which is fine if this is a stand alone book. Overall it was a good story but I definitely think Tricia's Collaboration with Mike Yorkey on The Swiss Courier is the book to read for a more fleshed out suspense. If you enjoy an entertaining, light, romance with a different setting this may be something that you would like to read. I'm really pleased with Summerside Press's releases and look forward to reading their next release. I received my free review copy from Litfuse publicity group.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago