Tuesday, April 29, 2014

{Kregel Blog Tour} Defy the Night, A Novel by Heather Munn & Lydia Munn

Book Description:  In the midst of war, one teenager is determined to make a difference
If no one will do anything, she'll have to do it herself.
In 1941 France is still "free." But fifteen-year-old Magali is frustrated by the cruel irony of pretending life is normal when food is rationed, new clothes are a rarity, and most of her friends are refugees. And now the government is actually helping the Nazis. Someone has got to do something, but it seems like no one has the guts—until Paquerette arrives.
Smuggling refugee children is Paquerette's job. And she asks Magali to help.
Working with Paquerette is scary and exhausting, but Magali never doubts that it is the right thing to do. Until her brash actions put those she loves in danger.

My Thoughts:  Having read How Huge the Night by this wonderful mother/daughter writing team I knew that I wanted to read Defy the Night also.
Defy the Night is written in the first person.  In the "voice" of Magali the main character.  
Hate! Torture! Hunger! Love! Faith! wow! this book brings "it" all to the table.  So many feelings . . . and these feelings are "given" to the reader.
To be honest I had to set this book down at times because I became so heartbroken.  
I cheered Magali on.  She is a teenager who just wants to help bring children to safety.  But her parents don't quite understand her need to help when danger is involved.
There are so many great characters in this book...Rosa whose story comes out in spurts, Lucy, Paquerette who works untiringly to bring the children out of the prison camps and to safety, Julien who wants to be brave but misses his parents.  So many lives, not all Jews, who are displaced or hurt because of this monster Hitler and his hit men the Nazis.
I could go on and on. But instead, why don't you grab a copy of this wonderful read and read the story for yourself just make sure that you have a box of Kleenexes by your side.
This is definitely a grand read of defying the enemy during this terrible time in history!

*This book was provided for review by Kregel Publications*

Heather Munn was born in Northern Ireland of American parents and grew up in the south of France. She decided to be a writer at the age of five when her mother read Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books aloud, but worried that she couldn’t write about her childhood since she didn’t remember it. When she was young, her favorite time of day was after supper when the family would gather and her father would read a chapter from a novel. Heather went to French school until her teens, and grew up hearing the story of Le Chambonsur-Lignon, only an hour’s drive away. She now lives in rural Illinois with her husband, Paul, where they offer free spiritual retreats to people coming out of homelessness and addiction. She enjoys wandering in the woods, gardening, writing, and splitting wood. 

Lydia Munn was homeschooled for five years because there was no school where her family served as missionaries in the savannahs of northern Brazil. There was no public library either, but Lydia read every book she could get her hands on. This led naturally to her choice of an English major at Wheaton College. Her original plan to teach high school English gradually transitioned into a lifelong love of teaching the Bible to both adults and young people as a missionary in France. She and her husband, Jim, have two children: their son, Robin, and their daughter, Heather. 

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (February 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825443210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825443213

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