Author: Sarah Sundin
Genre: Historical Romance/Suspense
Release Date: February 2, 2021
Munich, 1938. Evelyn Brand is an American foreign correspondent as determined to prove her worth in a male-dominated profession as she is to expose the growing tyranny in Nazi Germany. To do so, she must walk a thin line. If she offends the government, she could be expelled from the country--or worse. If she fails to truthfully report on major stories, she'll never be able to give a voice to the oppressed--and wake up the folks back home.
In another part of the city, American graduate student Peter Lang is working on his PhD in German. Disillusioned with the chaos in the world due to the Great Depression, he is impressed with the prosperity and order of German society. But when the brutality of the regime hits close, he discovers a far better way to use his contacts within the Nazi party--to feed information to the shrewd reporter he can't get off his mind.
This electric standalone novel from fan-favorite Sarah Sundin puts you right at the intersection of pulse-pounding suspense and heart-stopping romance.
Reviewer: Winnie Thomas
Sarah Sundin has once again penned a magnificent historical fiction story, this time set in Munich, Germany right before the start of WWII. Rich in historical detail and populated with colorful, realistic characters, this book grabbed my attention and wouldn’t let go.
I admired Evelyn’s tenacity and drive as she attempted to get material for her job as an American newspaper correspondent. Spurned and thwarted by some of the male journalists, she had to work twice as hard to show her worth. Peter Lang, an American graduate student working on his PhD in German, was kind and friendly. It was interesting to see his attitude toward the German regime change when he saw increasing brutality against the Jews. I enjoyed also seeing Evelyn’s changing attitude toward Peter.
Sundin is a master at making history come alive, and her obvious deep historical research and background always show in her portrayals of life during these slices of history. Uplifting messages of hope, courage, and standing for the right are intricately woven into the tale.
“Even in the darkest night, the stars always shine.”
With plenty of suspense, intrigue, and a dash of romance, this book will appeal to those who enjoy magnificent historical fiction. I’m looking forward to more from this talented author.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Revell through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
Reviewer: Linda Klager
The author does a wonderful job of describing the events that happened in Germany in 1938. I have read other books by Sarah Sundin and she is tremendously talented and dedicated to her research.
Evelyn Brand is a foreign correspondent for The American News Service. She does not shirk from tough assignments, but her supervisor, George Norwood, likes to give her superficial and easy assignments because she is a woman in a man's world. Evelyn wants to prove to George and her coworkers that she is just as tough and formidable as those men. Evelyn likes to wear red to stand out in a crowd. She is very independent and has been burned in romance in the past by three men. These men tried to tame her and she would not bend to them! It is very hard for Evelyn to get past these relationships and therefore, she really doesn't trust men to love her.
Peter Lang is a dedicated teacher of how to speak the German language properly. This is very hard for an American to conquer especially because of umlauts. Peter doggedly works and records his advancements with his students at the university. Peter is enamored with the progress that Germans have made in overcoming the depression.
Peter tries over and over to win Evelyn's love. Evelyn keeps Peter at a distance. They enjoy the banter that they have with each other, but that is all Evelyn is able to offer Peter. Peter is haunted by the cruel death of his father. Evelyn and Peter need to overcome the past and move on to the present.
So much history of this time period is mentioned and a person who likes to read historical events will be fascinated and shocked by the endless attempts of Hitler to get more and more power. What a sad time for the Jewish people and this is just the beginning of the hatred that Hitler has against the Jews.
There is a lot of betrayal mentioned in this book. It must have been very hard to trust because you never knew who would betray you. There is a lot of drama and danger and it builds throughout the story. Wow! Thank you Sarah Sundin for a great book. I will remember the events mentioned and the characters you created in this novel.
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Reviewer: Mindy Houng
"Yet true beauty comes from that one minor chord, the note that's sharp or flat. My father says those are the elements he has his orchestra stress - a little drawn out, a little more volume. Those are the elements that sink in your heart and pull on your emotions."
I have loved every Sarah Sundin book I have read, but this newest novel totally knocks it out of the park. The captivating plot that flows beautifully, the meticulous research needed to build such a life-like 1938 Germany, and the deeply layered and complex characters are the author's trademarks. In this book, she goes above and beyond to infuse a heart-pounding suspense/intrigue and a delicious dose of humor. This book is a must-read for all historical fiction fans!
Evelyn is an American journalist, banished to Munich for her unconventional ways and desperately trying to make it in a man's world. Peter is a visiting American grad student, developing his thesis and diction techniques at University of Munich in teaching German to Americans. Evelyn is dubbed "firebrand" for her prickly nature, fiercely independent streak, and propensity to work outside of the rules. Peter is a somewhat unlikely hero during this tumultuous time, as his professorial, black-and-white, neatly organized and orderly ways are completely opposite of Evelyn's. Their banter is witty and clever and extremely enjoyable. Peter's work in linguistics is fascinating and I loved his sweet tenderness, tireless pursuit of Evelyn, humility, and sense of justice and mercy. The unique perspective of a journalist on the ground and a teaching assistant in the ivory tower in Germany during the year leading up to the eruption of the war was enlightening. And the adrenaline rush with the suspense component of the story was totally unexpected but so fitting and well done.
This is an unforgettable journey of two souls longing to have influence and to leave their mark in the world yet drawn to what truly matters.
I received the book from the Revell/Baker Publishing Group via Interviews & Reviews and was under no obligation to post a positive comment. All opinions are solely my own.
Reviewer: Deanne Patterson
The leading voice in WWII books has done it again. When you think of reading this genre of book Sarah Sundin is the author you think of. Her meticulous research makes for an authentically WWII era placed book.
Brilliant writing style had me immersed from the start in this atmospheric historical brought grandly to life by the author. Just the right amount of danger is woven into this romantic suspense taking place in Munich, Germany in 1938.
I eagerly look forward to whatever she publishes next.
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Reviewer: Laura Thomas
On the brink of WWII, Evelyn is a feisty American foreign correspondent based in Germany who desperately wants to hold her own in a male-dominated industry by reporting on the growing tyranny. However, when she makes a shocking personal discovery, she knows she is skating on thin and dangerous ice.
In an interview with Peter Lang, an American graduate student working on his PhD in German, her strength and refreshing sense of humor win him over—not that she has any intention of pursuing a relationship with him or anyone else.
When Peter's favorable impressions of German society dissolve upon witnessing the brutality of the innocent, he risks everything to feed Evelyn the unspeakable truth. Their friendship deepens, their safety is compromised, and their suspenseful journey begins.
Thoroughly researched, fast-paced, with likable, strong characters—this is my first Sundin novel and I'm looking forward to devouring more!
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Reviewer: Paula Shreckhise
A cracking good suspense novel set in Munich, Germany in the tense years before the outbreak of World War II.
Evelyn Brand is one of the few female foreign correspondents stationed in Germany in 1938. She is trying to prove that a woman can do this complicated job of getting the truth to the American people while not antagonizing the Nazi Regime. She meets Peter Lang, also an American citizen, who is doing his dissertation from Harvard on the German language. Having been to Germany a few years prior, he sees much improvement to society in the present climate. Will his eyes be opened to the coming threat?
It was fascinating to see what Ms. Sundin has done with her research into this volatile time in history. It was inspired by facts she found about her grandfather and the role he played during World War II.
This book is full of cloak and dagger moments as Peter and Evelyn walk a fine line as American patriots caught in Germany under an increasingly dangerous despot. They both trust God in a desperate situation. As Evelyn’s friend Libby says: “Don’t you know God makes us strong? He didn’t create us to be completely independent, but interdependent. That’s why He gave us families. That’s why He gave us friends. That’s why He gave us Himself.” Their background brought them to where they are: Running for their lives. A very exciting book. Sarah Sundin always brings her "A" game to Christian fiction.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Revell through Interviews & Reviews. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.
Reviewer: Cheryl Wood
Sarah Sundin, in her latest novel, When Twilight Breaks, discovers the rise of the Nazi Party and Jewish persecution through the eyes of an American Foreign Correspondent, Evelyn Brand. The story takes place in 1938 Germany as two Americans watch the world around them fall apart, questioning their values, pulling them deeper into danger as the world marches towards war.
Evelyn is struggling to be a correspondent in a male dominated field with a boss who constantly undermines her writing. She is tired of having to write fluff articles and convinced a bigger story is brewing. Concerned with how the Jews are treated in Germany, she sets out to alert Americans to their future.
Peter Lang, an American graduate student working on his PhD in Germany, begins to rethink his political views. As their feelings change towards each other, who can they trust?
Sarah Sundin is a master storyteller as she tells the story of the Jews during a difficult period of history in Germany. I highly recommend the book for those who enjoy historical fiction. I am looking forward to the next book.
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Reviewer: Laura J. Davis
Sarah Sundin once again weaves a thrilling, thought-provoking tale that leaves the reader breathless.
Evelyn Brand is a tough American woman living in Germany, trying to make her way in the male-dominated world of journalism. And she is doing it during a dangerous time in history. She wants to expose the truth about Hitler's regime and what is happening to the Jews, but she risks being expelled from the country if she does.
Peter Lang is working on his Ph.D. in German and is impressed with the prosperity the country is experiencing. After making contacts in the Nazi party and attending a few meetings, he soon realizes how wrong he was about Germany and Hitler. So begins a perilous journey of risk both for himself and one feisty female reporter to whom he is feeding secrets.
When Twilight Breaks is an immersive story that will immediately capture your attention. The history of the era is well researched, and the dangers Evelyn and Peter face from friend and foe will make this a book you cannot put down. The developing romance between the two main characters is realistic and charming. And the faith lesson of trusting in God comes through clearly.
Sundin never disappoints and once again kept me reading until the wee hours of the morning. This is a must-read! I highly recommend it.
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Reviewer: Monica Huyser
Evelyn Brand is a journalist working in Nazi Germany in 1938. She is struggling to assert herself in a male-dominated profession. Peter Lang is in Germany as an American graduate student working on his PhD in German. Initially, they both see the country differently. Then, as they become friends, their views change, and they see what is going on in Germany with new eyes as we read through the book. They also start to see each other differently throughout When the Twilight Breaks by Sarah Sundin.
When Twilight Breaks is a story of two people who come together during a time of changing history. I enjoyed watching the characters change and develop both on their own and as a couple. As a reader, I was continually pulling for them. I also found this book to be a fascinating look at history during a dangerous time of change in Germany and the rest of the world.
Sundin writes in such a way that I felt like I was with the characters experiencing the changes in the midst of it all. She did a great job of bringing that era to life and helping the reader understand what was going on in the world. I also liked the spiritual aspect of the characters that were well woven into the story.
When Twilight Breaks also caused me to reflect on the events in our world today. It left me thinking, and the story will stay with me for a while. At the back of the book is a preview of the next book in the series, and I am eagerly anticipating that one.
I received this book courtesy of Baker Publishing Group, Revell Division, through Interviews & Reviews. All opinions in this review are my own.
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