Monday, January 18, 2016

Friends and Enemies: A World War II Romance (Promise for Tomorrow) (Volume 1) By Terri Wangard

I received this book from the author through The Celebrate Lit Blogging Program for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book The opinions expressed here are my own.

Book Description:

Christian Historical Romance set in World War 2

In 1943, widowed seamstress Heidi Wetzel finds new meaning in life by caring for evacuated children on a rural farm in war-torn western Germany. Never a supporter of National Socialism, she takes pleasure in passive resistance, but must exercise caution around neighbors who delight in reporting to the Gestapo. Flying cadet Paul Braedel's wife dies while he trains for the U.S. Army Air Corps. Following bereavement leave, he returns to B-17 "Flying Fortress" Bomber navigator training but he's lost his zest for life and heads to England, not caring if he lives or dies. When he and his crew are shot down over Germany, he evades capture and, for the first time since Rachel's death, hears the voice of God whisper guidance: Find Heidi. When Heidi stumbles into a man she recognizes, she is shocked to realize he is a friend from her high school days in the United States, and the husband of her best friend Rachel. Aiding an enemy downed airman is punishable by execution, but she agrees to help. Then they're betrayed. A war-time adventure with romantic second chances.

My Thoughts:

Friends and Enemies is Terry Wangard's debut novel and it is FANTASTIC.  This is the first book in The Promise for Tomorrow Series.  I am a big fan of Christian Historical Fiction and debut novels so this one was definitely in my wheelhouse. I found myself unable to put this book down. Terri Wangard writes with authority on World War 2, Germany during that time, the United States during that time,  the US Military, the German Military, and life for these peoples. I found myself learning more about this time in our history while reading this book. I found myself drawn in from the beginning and unable to put it down until the end and definitely kept me guessing until the end. Friends and Enemies was definitely an emotional read. I found myself laughing in places and crying in others as the characters experienced joy and sadness. Terri Wangard's writing made me feel like I was right there watching the events unfold. I definitely have found another author to add to my must read list!! I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Fiction, you will NOT be disappointed. I give this book 5 STARS

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