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February 27, 2021

When Twilight Breaks by Sarah Sundin ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

 "Evelyn Brand had done a crack bit of journalism and she hadn't even had to dress like a man." (p 7)

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When Twilight Breaks
February 2021; Revell; 978-0800739713
ebook, print (386 pages); historical fiction
I have read several books by Sarah Sundin and, as always, she gives her readers an exciting well-researched novel.  When Twilight Breaks is a historical fiction story with two people who gain the notice of the Nazis and need to run for their lives.  There is a lot of excitement and a bit of romance and it's a real page-turner.

Elaine Brand is an American foreign correspondent in Munich in 1938.  Her bosses want her to report on the light fluffy stories since she's just a woman and not capable of reporting the real news.  Elaine wants to be in the middle of the issues and report on stories that can inform America about what is really happening in Germany.  She has to be very careful because if she writes anything too negative, she'll be kicked out of Germany or worse.  When she is sent to interview American students at a German college, she meets American graduate student Peter Lang who is working on his Ph.D. in German.  Peter admires the prosperity and order of the Germans so he and Elaine don't like each other much when they first meet.  He pursues her but she wants nothing to do with him because politically she is appalled at the hate she sees in German society.  As he begins to witness the cruelty of the German people and the Nazis, Peter begins to see the real Germany and what is being done to provide the country with their prosperity by their treatment of the Jewish people  Before too long, both Peter and Elaine come to the attention of the police and have to escape the county to save their lives.  Their escape will keep you on the edge of your seat as they keep running into roadblocks to their escape.  Is someone that they thought was a friend betraying them?  Just when you think they are finally safe, there is a surprise that I didn't see coming.  Will they survive and get back to America?

This is a well-researched look at Germany before the start of the war and of Americans who were not in tune with what the country was doing.  It was a great novel -- a lot of scary scenes as they tried to escape, a bit of romance, and a bit of faith.  Sarah Sundin has become one of my favorite WWII writers

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Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina with her husband of over 50 years.  She grew up in Michigan but now calls North Carolina home. Since her travel plans had to be canceled for this year, she is starting to make plans for travel in 2021. She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and historical fiction. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with Susan on FacebookGoodreads, or Twitter

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  1. Thank you so much, Susan! I'm so glad you enjoyed When Twilight Breaks!