As always, this author has done her research and built a fascinating fictional story around some of the realities of the world of WWII. In this one, set in war-time London, she uses a variety of elements, one of those being the temporary evacuation of children from their homes in the city into other nearby areas for their safety.
The characters are full of life and invite the reader into their joys and struggles in this complicated time in history. As Aleida and Hugh fight their challenging battles, their personal strength and faith carry them through life-changing decisions and life-threatening situations. It is written in a way that makes it easy to share the feelings and emotions of the people involved. The story moves at a riveting pace that makes this book almost impossible to put down.
I highly recommend Embers in the London Sky to fans of great inspirational historical fiction. Thanks to Revell Reads for providing a copy of the book. I was happy to share my own thoughts in this review.
About the Book
As the German army invades the Netherlands in 1940, Aleida van der Zee Martens escapes to London to wait out the occupation. Separated from her three-year-old son, Theo, in the process, the young widow desperately searches for her little boy even as she works for an agency responsible for evacuating children to the countryside.
When German bombs set London ablaze, BBC radio correspondent Hugh Collingwood reports on the Blitz, eager to boost morale while walking the fine line between truth and censorship. But the Germans are not the only ones Londoners have to fear as a series of murders flame up amid the ashes.
The deaths hit close to home for Hugh, and Aleida needs his help to locate her missing son. As they work together, they grow closer and closer, both to each other and the answers they seek. But time is running short--and the worst is yet to come.
About the Author
Sarah Sundin is the bestselling author of When Twilight Breaks, Until Leaves Fall in Paris, The Sound of Light, and the popular WWII series Sunrise at Normandy, among others. She is a Christy Award winner and a Carol Award winner, and her novels have received starred reviews from Booklist, Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly, and have appeared on Booklist's "101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years." Sarah lives in California. Visit SarahSundin.com for more information.