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The Lion and the Lamb by Charles Causey; West Bow Press ISBN 978-1-5127-6109-2

The Lion and the Lamb, written by Charles Causey, tells the very different stories of two people who survived the Nazi horrors of the Holocaust. That is where their similarities end. Albert Speer was Hitler’s Minister of Armaments and War Production as well as his friend, at least at first. He yielded a great deal of power and many died because of that. Corrie ten Boom was a Christian whose father was a watchmaker in Holland. He was a good man and taught his children to respect and love . By 1940 the family saw what was happening to the Jewish population and at great personal risk, they began to help the Jews. Corrie became a leader of a resistance group.

Their stories are told in their own voices and the reader gets to know them quite well. Speer and Corrie change as a result of their experiences, each in their own way. Their choices determine their future.

This is a powerful, deeply emotional and well written book. It provides an in-depth look into two very different real people and what they chose to do with their circumstances. Highly recommended.

I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <http://booklookbloggers.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan; Crown ISBN 978-1-101-90676-7

The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir, a novel written by Jennifer Ryan, opens in the English village of Chilbury in March of 1940. The village’s choir wasn’t always comprised of just ladies, but most of the men were now fighting in the war. As a result, the Vicar posts a notice stating that after an upcoming funeral the choir will be disbanded. With all the other hardships the women had endured, this seemed to be the last straw. Under the direction and guidance of a very special woman, the unthinkable happens: The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir is formed even though some members were reluctant. Why can’t they sing without men? While  their singing is of huge importance, theirs is a story about that and much more.

The format of the book is comprised of a combination of journal entries and personal letters, each penned by the main characters. Seamlessly, each chapter is in the voice of one of the protagonists and covers a period of seven tumultuous months. There is a great deal that happens to this once quiet village and with each loss, challenge and change we watch the characters adapt and try to cope.  Amid the pain, intrigue and sorrows the characters often surprise themselves with their strengths and growth

In my opinion, the book is historical fiction at its best. Beautifully written and filled with memorable and well developed characters. When I finished reading the book I was left wanting more. I am hoping for a sequel.I highly recommend reading this book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

 

 

 

 

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A Love So True by Melissa Jagears Bethany House ISBN 9780764217524

A Love So True, a novel by Melissa Jagears, open in 1908 in Teaville, Kansas. David Kingsman has been sent there by his over bearing father for the sole purpose of selling his factory. David’s intended brief stay turns into much more than a business trip once he meets Evelyn Wisely. She and her parents live and work at the town orphanage. In addition, she does what she can to help the woman and children from the wrong side of town. Her dream is to open a shelter, but she lacks the necessary financial backing. But, there is more. She allows no man to get close to her, that is until David becomes part of her life when he tries to help her with her mission. The reason for her chosen way of life is that she has a secret. Can sharing it with David help create a future together?

The author skillfully weaves her characters stories together. We watch them struggle and grow. They grapple with very important matters of the heart and community. While taking great emotional risks, they tackle what is truly worth doing.

I found this to be a well written, emotion packed and meaningful story. Highly recommended.

 

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