Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Friends and Enemies: A WWII Romance - A Review

Published - January 2016, HopeSprings Books
Series: Promise for Tomorrow Book 1
Author - Terri Wangard
Title - Friends and Enemies
Format - ebook, paper
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Heidi Wetzel's life changes forever when she receives word that her husband's submarine was sunk and that he was killed. Already wary of the Nazi Party, Heidi has to be careful. Her parents send her to the farm of a family friend to help care for the evacuated children in rural war-torn West Germany. There she finds new life in caring for the children, but still must be careful as neighbors delight in reporting activities to the Gestapo. Paul Braedal's wife dies suddenly while he is training for the US Army's Air Corps. When he returns to duty, he begins training as a navigator having lost his zest for life. Other than causing his parents grief should he be killed, he really doesn't care whether he lives or dies. When he and his crew are shot down over Germany, Paul evades capture and for the first time since his wife's death, clearly hears God's voice telling him to find Heidi. Setting out to find the woman who was the best friend of his late wife, Paul manages to find Heidi. She agrees to help him, and together they come up with a plan to get him to France and then back to England. Yet when they are betrayed, Heidi realizes she must go with him or risk the lives of all she has come to love.

This book was good. It was very easy to read. I thought that it was probably written at a lower level than most WWII books I've read. I honestly wasn't too invested into the characters until about a fourth of the way through. Then I wanted to know more.

It's not the typical WWII book I've come to expect. But that is probably because the author is one who is new to me. She does lace her writing with humor. And her research was well done. I'll probably read the next one in the series.

I received the Kindle version of this book for free from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing. My thoughts and opinions are my own.

Recommended to fans of WWII fiction

Rating - 3.75 stars, rounded up to 4. It got better as it went along.

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