Hope at Dawn
By: Stacy Henrie
Publisher: Forever (Grand Central Publishing)
Publish Date: June 24, 2014
Livy Campbell’s brothers are fighting in World War II overseas. Their being gone has placed a hardship on her family so she has to give up her college studies to return home to help. At a dance, she is stood up by her boyfriend on her birthday, but meets German-American farmer, Friedrick Wagner, who tells her of a teaching position in his hometown. She can’t understand why he is not off fighting like her brothers, but learns he has a farm deferment, because his father is dying, although he would rather be fighting like everyone else. Determined to help her family, Livy applies for the job and is hired. It is then she learns the cold hard facts about prejudices. She couldn’t believe German-Americans were not allowed to speak or worship in their native language, they were forced to buy US Bonds they could ill afford and asked to spy on each other to insure they were loyal to America. Livy not only opens her heart to these people, but gives her heart to Friedrick in spite of the unacceptance of both families.
This is a beautifully written story line about love and acceptance of others no matter what their ethnic background may be. It was easy to see how Friedrick could fall in love with Livy. Her character is sweet and caring.
I truly enjoyed how MS Henrie wove history into this beautiful story without making it seem like a history lesson. I would definitely recommend this book, especially if you enjoy reading about World War II.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of this eBook by the publisher, Forever (Grand Central Publishing), through NetGalley blogger program for review. I was not required to write a favorable review nor was I compensated for my review. The opinions in this review are my own.