Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Springtime of the Spirit by Maureen Lang

Book Description:  By the fall of 1918, the Great War has ended and the world is at peace, but there is little to celebrate in Germany. After four years of fighting for his homeland, Christophe Brecht returns to find there is little left of what he once called home. So when family friends ask him to travel to Munich to bring back their runaway daughter, Christophe agrees. 
When he finally locates Annaliese Duray, he discovers she is far different from the girl he once knew. Headstrong, idealistic, and beautiful, she is on the front lines of the city’s political scene, fighting to give women and working-class citizens a voice in Germany’s new government. 
As the political upheaval ignites in Munich, so does the attraction between Annaliese and Christophe. With an army from Berlin threatening to squash everything Annaliese has worked for, both she and Christophe are forced to choose between love and loyalty.
My Review:  An interesting and thoughtful read on the Great War.  A defeated Germany and two young people with two very different "takes" on how to cope with a defeated homeland. But sometimes love is a battlefield . .  . Christophe returns to his homeland after fighting in the Great War.  Disillusioned and wondering how they lost the Great war when so little combat was actually fought on his homeland.  He heads to Braedon.  When he reaches home he finds that his sister has left for the US, Milwaukee, to be with their uncle.
Christophe hopes to find the girl he loves, Annaliese.  He remembers a sweet, gentle young woman.  The Great War has changed his home land and Annaliese. Annaliese has become a fiesty.not.fraid to speak her mind kind of girl.  Christophe finds Annaliese in Munich where she is unabashedly trying to have a say in their Communist.gone.to.the.dust homeland.  But peacekeeping troops are sent from Berlin to Munich to squelch any of those citizens who may want true peace and equality in Germany. Annaliese has worked hard to help give women and the working-class a fighting chance and will not just sit idly by and let it all go down the tubes!
Christophe believes that one should trust God and live as peaceably as possible.  While Annaliese believes one should speak out and help others.  Christophe and Annaliese have both seen the war first hand but each has a different view of how to combat the enemy.
This is a 5 star historic thriller with a romantic subplot, learning to rely on God and choices between love & loyalty!
*This book was provided for review by Tyndale*

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