Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Songbird Under a German Moon by Tricia Goyer - REVIEWED

“Sometimes we don’t realize what we have until we destroy it.” (p. 329)

Betty Lake and Frank Witt have arrived in post-war Germany and face destruction on every hand. Displaced nationals, prisoners and soldiers are all trying to sort out the devastation in the wake of Hitler’s death and the upcoming war trials. Betty has come to Germany as a USO singer, and Frank is a photographer assigned, rather oddly, to photograph the performers entertaining the troops. As they sort out their own personal feelings regarding their very unusual circumstances, they stumble into another type of danger neither of them was expecting. It seems that the war is still destroying lives, and the entertainers performing in Germany’s Festspielhous may be the next target.

Songbird Under a German Moon is Tricia Goyer’s story included in Summerside’s newest romantic-suspense fiction series, and it is phenomenal! Throughout the story, readers learn much about the social devastation that resulted from Hitler’s attempt to create a perfect Arian nation. Of course everyone knows of his attempt to annihilate the Jews, but did you know he also set out to destroy anyone who was not completely healthy? The German people also suffered a great deal under Hitler’s maniacal reign, and the devastation this caused among families was heartbreaking. There was a lot of devastation within the artistic talent of the era, and the occupational soldiers had to operate amid a careful set of rules to prevent further problems. Post-war Germany was a frightening time to serve for many soldiers, and those who served to entertain them had a large and important job during that period of time.

Tricia Goyer does a great job developing Frank and Betty’s characters in this very interesting time of history. Both of them have come to this time in their lives with physical and spiritual challenges in their own hearts and lives that seem to be magnified amid the trouble that surrounds them. As they try to sort through their roles within this devastated country, they must face their own shortcomings and turn to the only One who is able to help them find lasting peace in this disturbing era. Romance also blossoms within the story line, and again, faces its own challenge as the danger draws an ever tightening circle around the performers of Festspielhous.

This is my second book to enjoy in this series, and it was very satisfying. Check out my review of Sons of Thunder and then go out an purchase your own copy of both these books today!


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Tricia Goyer is the author of twenty books including From Dust and Ashes, My Life UnScripted, and the children's book, 10 Minutes to Showtime. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. In addition to her novels, Tricia writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like Today's Christian Woman and Focus on the Family. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences, and has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Conventions. She and her family make their home in the mountains of Montana. Find out more about her and her books at http://www.triciagoyer.com/

1 comment:

Mocha with Linda said...

How did I miss this one?! It sounds wonderful!