Author: Susan May Warren
**Special thanks to Amy Lathrop at Litfuse Publicity Group for providing a copy of this novel to review. The opinions expressed are strictly my own and I was not compensated in any way for this review.**
World War II is one of my absolute favorite eras to read about and Ms. Warren does not disappoint in this page-turner full of unexpected surprises.
When Esther Lange becomes pregnant with Linus’ child outside of wedlock (a scene that is never detailed in the novel), she feels trapped. Trapped in a relationship with a man she barely knows who is away in Europe. Trapped in a house with her boyfriend’s family who treat her unkindly. Trapped in secrecy and shame, trying to make a better life for her beautiful daughter.
When Esther receives a letter from medic Peter Hess who took care of Linus when he lay dying her entire life changes. As she goes to meet Peter for the first time she discovers his secret life.
The characters are well-developed, this book kept me in a mad rush of page-turning until I put it down. Ms. Warren’s skills at description keep the reader enthralled with the beauty of the language as well as the action.
I would have liked to have seen Esther’s spiritual progress fleshed out in more depth. Peter sacrificially lives the life of Christ and though there is spiritual growth in Esther throughout the novel I yearned for her to go deeper.
In all, this was a very enjoyable, difficult to put down novel and I am looking forward to reading more of Susan May Warren’s work.