A war torn landscape and a romance that has every single odd stacked against it. To think such a romance could come about in the midst of air raids, explosions, threats against your life and running away from the army that wants to imprison you, is near to impossible to believe. But it happens in this book and I think it probably happened many times in that real life time. Because nothing makes you think more about the days you have left then when you can see the end of time dangling before you.
I could not imagine living in Germany during WWII. I cannot imagine the courage it must have taken to wake up every day and the trust to fall asleep at night. The danger of the times is never far from the reader’s thoughts and far from a small threat to the characters.
I did think there was something lacking within the story to keep my full attention. I think more than anything I wanted to see something deeper from the characters. To truly explore who they were and I think the war overshadowed that. I wanted to know them, more than I wanted a description of the events or setting.
But all in all, the book gives a good glimpse into the times, what that must have been like, and the struggles that were all too real.
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers through Thomas Nelson BookLook for my copy to review.
More about the novel...
Gisela must hold on to hope and love despite all odds in the midst of a war-torn country.
Gisela Cramer is an American living in eastern Germany with her cousin Ella Reinhardt. When the Red Army invades, they must leave their home to escape to safety in Berlin.
However, Ella is a nurse and refuses to leave, sending her young daughters with Gisela. During their journey, Gisela meets Mitch Edwards, an escaped British POW. She pretends she is his wife in order to preserve his safety among other Germans, especially one wounded German soldier, Kurt, who has suspicions about Mitch's identity. Kurt also has feelings for Gisela and tries to uncover the truth about her "marriage."
Their journey to Gisela's mother in Berlin is riddled with tragedy and hardship, but they strive to keep Ella's daughters safe so they can reunite with their mother. During the journey Gisela and Mitch begin to develop feelings for one another beyond friendship. They reach Berlin, but their struggles are far from over. Gisela and Mitch must learn to live for the day and find hope in the darkest of circumstances.
In this moving, historically accurate portrayal of WWII Germany, the characters learn that, even with destruction all around them, some things last forever.