Saturday, February 27, 2021

Review: "When Twilight Breaks" by Sarah Sundin

I've long said that Sarah Sundin writes some of the best World War II fiction out there. Her latest release, When Twilight Breaks, is a bit different, as it's set in Germany in the years just prior to the War's outbreak, but it's just as excellent as - if not even better than - her previous novels.

Munich, 1938. Evelyn Brand is an American foreign correspondent as determined to prove her worth in a male-dominated profession as she is to expose the growing tyranny in Nazi Germany. To do so, she must walk a thin line. If she offends the government, she could be expelled from the country--or worse. If she fails to truthfully report on major stories, she'll never be able to give a voice to the oppressed--and wake up the folks back home.

In another part of the city, American graduate student Peter Lang is working on his PhD in German. Disillusioned with the chaos in the world due to the Great Depression, he is impressed with the prosperity and order of German society. But when the brutality of the regime hits close, he discovers a far better way to use his contacts within the Nazi party--to feed information to the shrewd reporter he can't get off his mind.

This electric standalone novel from fan-favorite Sarah Sundin puts you right at the intersection of pulse-pounding suspense and heart-stopping romance.

I'm not sure words can adequately describe just how much I loved this book! Sarah Sundin has certainly done it again.

As the story begins, Evelyn is a journalist based in Munich who clearly sees the dangers of Nazi Germany. Peter is a doctoral student who (with good reason) hates the communists and sees what the Nazis are doing as bringing order to chaos. I love that Sundin chose to make Peter sympathetic to the Nazi cause in the beginning, as it shows just how easily people can buy into the ideals of a movement without understanding the full implications. And his transformation as he became close to both party members and Evelyn was something to watch.

This story contains a lot of danger and intrigue as both Evelyn and Peter become targets of the Nazis (in vastly different ways), and it's a very fast-paced read. The romance angle is lighter than in most of Sundin's books, but I still really enjoyed it.

I really do think this is the best book Sundin has written! If you've enjoyed her other books, you'll definitely want to read this one. And if you're new to Sarah Sundin, this is the perfect book to start with! 5 stars.

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Sarah Sundin is the author of the Waves of Freedom, the Wings of the Nightingale, and the Wings of Glory series. A graduate of UC San Francisco School of Pharmacy, she works on call as a hospital pharmacist. During WWII, her grandfather served as a pharmacist's mate (medic) in the Navy and her great-uncle flew with the US Eighth Air Force. Sarah lives in California.
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