All God's Children
The Peacemakers book 1
by Anna Schmidt
-From the back cover-
FOR BETH, A
DREAM TURNS INTO
Living in Munich with her relatives was supposed to result in a dream fulfilled. Instead, Beth Bridgewater, a German American, finds herself in a nightmare as World War II erupts – a war in which she takes no side, for she is a Quaker pacifist.
Apprehension rises in the household of Beth's Uncle Franz and Aunt Ilse, and the presence of Josef Buch only adds to it. Josef seems a good man, a passionately patriotic German and a medical student who rents the attic space above Beth's uncle's apartment, but his father is a high-ranking government official. Could Josef be spying on them?
Just as she gains opportunity to escape Germany, Beth decides to stay, feeling called to help the helpless. And Josef is becoming involved in his own ways of resisting the Nazis...
Despite differing motivation and beliefs, Beth and Josef join together in nonviolent resistance, and they cannot deny the spark between them. But in the midst of such evil, does their love stand a chance...if they even survive at all?
This Book earned a 4 Bark rating.
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After reading several WWII fiction books that mostly center in the U.S., England, or France, it was nice to read a slightly different view of things in Germany and of the many German's that fought against Hitler's regime in a myriad of ways.
One of the fascinating things about the book is all of the Quaker beliefs and methods that are key to the story and how certain characters act. I knew almost nothing about the Society Of Friends, they are a little-written-about group, and so the fact that this story centers around a Quaker girl and some of her family and friends made this story even more interesting for me.
The author does an excellent job of immersing the reader in WWII era Munich. I could see everything so clearly in my mind's eye. I felt like I was walking the streets of the city with Beth and Josef, stepping inside the apartment with Uncle Franz and Aunt Ilse, hiding in the basement from falling bombs with Liesl.
The last third of the book did seem a bit hurried to me, causing the historical detail and character emotions to take a little dip.
That aside, All God's Children was very enjoyable and I will definitely be looking forward to the release of the next book in this series, Simple Faith.
The combination of setting the story in a little used WWII location, the Quaker pacifism, (old) German patriotism, detail in locations, interesting characters, and just the history, make this a great book for lovers of Historical fiction.
Tell Tale Book Reviews gives All God's Children by Anna Schmidt a 4 Bark rating.
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Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Inc.; (September 1, 2013)