Tuesday, July 19, 2011

A Novel for History Buffs ~ Look to the East by Maureen Lang ~ Review

This book definitely takes you into that period of history that was so rife with conflict. The characters are put into situations that you know and understand the difficulties. Tension and drama abound in the war-torn setting.
I would have liked more dialogue. At times I became lost in all the introspection or description and would have really liked to “live” the story more through the dialogue between characters.

I did enjoy the love story between the hero and heroine. As the interest between the two of them grew and as they had to sneak about to keep it hidden from enemy soldiers, I couldn’t help but feel for their struggles.

The ending is well done and sweet. I honestly did not know how they were going to get out of their seemingly hopeless situation. The tension was strong and I held my breath for those final pages and as I got closer and closer to the end I was nervous about how it would close. It was more than satisfying.

Aside from being confusing and a bit wordy at times, it’s a good historical story that I think history buffs more than anything will enjoy.

This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers for my copy to review.\

~*~More about the novel~*~

At the dawn of the First World War, the French provincial village of Briecourt is isolated from the battles, but the century-old feud between the Toussaints and the de Colvilles still rages in the streets. When the German army sweeps in to occupy the town, families on both sides of the feud must work together to protect stragglers caught behind enemy lines.
Julitte Toussaint may have been adopted from a faraway island, but she feels the scorn of the de Colvilles as much as anyone born a Toussaint. So when she falls in love with one of the stragglers—a wealthy and handsome Belgian entrepreneur—she knows she’s playing with fire. Charles Lassone hides in the cellar of the Briecourt church, safe from the Germans for the moment. But if he’s discovered, it will bring danger to the entire village and could cost Charles his life.

**If this book interests you, I have a copy available for swap on my Swap book page at the top and right to your screen. :-)**


  1. I'm reading "Pieces of Silver" right now, also by Maureen Lang. And I really like it. Sounds like a great book!

  2. I don't think I've heard of that one before by Maureen. Love the title! :)

  3. Pieces of Silver is an older title.

    I have to admit that I do love the new cover for this one, but I wasn't impressed with the book. However I have enjoyed others from Maureen and wouldn't hesitate to try her again in the future for a good read.


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