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Evelyn Brand is an American foreign correspondent determined to prove her worth in a male-dominated profession and 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 does not report truthfully, she'll betray the oppressed and fail to wake up the folks bac Evelyn Brand is an American foreign correspondent determined to prove her worth in a male-dominated profession and 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 does not report truthfully, she'll betray the oppressed and fail to wake up the folks back home. Peter Lang is an American graduate student 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. As the world marches relentlessly toward war, Evelyn and Peter are on a collision course with destiny.


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Evelyn Brand is an American foreign correspondent determined to prove her worth in a male-dominated profession and 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 does not report truthfully, she'll betray the oppressed and fail to wake up the folks bac Evelyn Brand is an American foreign correspondent determined to prove her worth in a male-dominated profession and 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 does not report truthfully, she'll betray the oppressed and fail to wake up the folks back home. Peter Lang is an American graduate student 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. As the world marches relentlessly toward war, Evelyn and Peter are on a collision course with destiny.

30 review for When Twilight Breaks

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jocelyn Green

    I could not read this book fast enough! From the very beginning of the story, I was drawn in and on the edge of my seat, warning the characters to be careful, cheering them on, and madly flipping pages to get them all to safety. Sarah Sundin has outdone herself with this stand-alone novel. I adored the characters and appreciated the up-close look at Munich and Berlin in 1938. The plot was fast-paced without sacrificing depth or those moments of contemplation that readers can join in on. The auth I could not read this book fast enough! From the very beginning of the story, I was drawn in and on the edge of my seat, warning the characters to be careful, cheering them on, and madly flipping pages to get them all to safety. Sarah Sundin has outdone herself with this stand-alone novel. I adored the characters and appreciated the up-close look at Munich and Berlin in 1938. The plot was fast-paced without sacrificing depth or those moments of contemplation that readers can join in on. The author bravely shows how a person could admire the order Hitler brought to a chaotic nation, and then shows how that admiration can either dissolve with the increasing brutality of the Nazis, or harden into a blind loyalty to the Fuhrer. Sundin ends the story on a note of sober hope, even on the brink of war. I loved this novel and highly recommend it for anyone who loves World War 2 books, or just solid historical fiction in general.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    HELLO YES I'M READY FOR A NEW SARAH SUNDIN BOOK. HELLO YES I'M READY FOR A NEW SARAH SUNDIN BOOK.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kellyn Roth

    This book was absolutely incredible, and I'm saying right now that it was the best read of 2020 for me (and yes, I finished it on the 26th of December). This book is simply incredible in every way. The characters, the plot, the themes, the writing ... I adored it. I think this may be my favorite Sundin novel, or at least among them. Now, it didn't emotionally ruin me like some of Sundin's books, which is the desire result from every book, but it made me think, and it made me eager to read on, and This book was absolutely incredible, and I'm saying right now that it was the best read of 2020 for me (and yes, I finished it on the 26th of December). This book is simply incredible in every way. The characters, the plot, the themes, the writing ... I adored it. I think this may be my favorite Sundin novel, or at least among them. Now, it didn't emotionally ruin me like some of Sundin's books, which is the desire result from every book, but it made me think, and it made me eager to read on, and it made me want to reread it almost as soon as I finished. I wish every American could read this book. Especially now - but also as long as politics exist - it is very needed. It blew me out of the water with how much I was able to relate to the things people were saying, and all the perspectives it gave, and it just ... was great. Section 1: Talking about Themes (& mostly politics): I'm going to just ramble about the themes for a bit because they were so, so good. Peter's perspective was so interesting, because I can 100% see how he would say, in 1938, as the son of a German immigrant to the US, that "too much freedom had flung the nation [USA] into decadence [...] violence [...]" etc. Isn't that what we're saying now? But in truth, the restrictions were at least half of the problem (though I'd like to research it further) along with the free rides given to the American people by the government Here's the thing: A lot of gang violence in the USA started around the time of Prohibition (unfair restrictions that most didn't agree to and that were only passed due to massive propaganda from some very corrupt politicians and particularly that one corrupt speaker whose name I would have to look up). Then the 1929 crash ... well, that's a bit complicated to attack, but the fact that the government got involved in our economy and continued to get more and more involved is an issue. The same goes for all of Roosevelt's policies during the Great Depression. So problematic! Then American writers supporting socialist and communist ideals ... ick. Steinbeck, I'm looking at you and your sick, twisted lack of independent thought. Grapes of Wrath alone is enough to confirm what a nutcase he was. (And then there's books like The Jungle.) This is not to say that the USA didn't have some serious issues. This book discusses their problems with freedom of speech allowing people to do violent, hateful things (I'm looking at you, communist riots in this era and current riots in this!) - and with immigration (yeah, we've always had problems with immigration) (the Pilgrims had a problem with immigration) - and so on. Basically, America has issues that need solved. This book showed a lot of the racism inherit in the thoughts of the day toward Jews and POC. (George, you disgust me.) Anyways, I get Peter's perspective, but I'd argue that, through various factors, it's equally as likely that the tightening of government control, the unity under a common enemy (Great Depression) leading to dependence, and then control over things that are up to the individual's convictions largely led to the issues we were facing in the 30s and continue to face today. TL;DR - it is always the individual's responsibility to take care of themselves and their people, and the government needs to butt their fat head out. Anyway, long story short, it was so, so interesting seeing Peter's perspective change and shift as he saw the real evils behind Nazism (which I'll go ahead and remind you readers comes from "National Socialist"). The discussion of what community really means, and how liberty works in tangent with discipline and organization to create a good country was FANTASTIC. Yes, America suffers tons of issues because people abuse freedom. But they also don't suffer any of the billions of other issues a regime like the Third Reich introduces. To quote Evelyn: "Every day the Germans lost a little more freedom, but they had jobs, and that was all that seemed to matter to them. But freedom mattered to Evelyn." This book was also a good reminder for ME because sometimes I forget how very easy the Nazi policies were to fall for. Not just because the Germans were war-torn and impoverished for years, not just because Germans are stupid (they're not) ... but because the Nazi party was actually backing up their promises. They were giving jobs. They were taking care of perceived "threats" (and some real threats, too). Honestly, you almost have to admire the evil, horrible, sickening precision with which they took over Europe and even succeeded in spreading their ideology elsewhere. It was well-done. Someone had been taking hints from Machiavelli (*Hitler smirks in the corner*). But yes, it was just ... gah. So needed, so timely, so awesome. I enjoyed it thoroughly and am seriously considered buying multiple copies and giving them away or something. I don't know. This book just killed me. Section 2: Peter and Evelyn: Peter and Evelyn were also excellent characters. Their story was UNIQUE, their characters were UNIQUE, and it was just so different and original that I pretty much died. Evelyn's struggles with feminism and living in a male-dominant world aren't necessarily needed for most secular people, but they are needed for Christians, in my opinion. We need more balanced views of this which allow compromise while still embracing both God's design for womanhood AND the fact that woman are awesome, strong, and totally capable of work (or just about anything God calls them for which can be just about anything). Look ... feminism isn't all bad. Women really were treated poorly for years in various ways. Every decade seemed to bring a new battle. And there's nothing wrong with a woman wanting a career. *steps off my fruit box and marches off* *marches back* Okay, but seriously, I enjoyed all the discussion that was brought up from Evelyn's mistreat in the past and present from men who were pretty horrible to her. The descriptions of the issues she faced in the present were so frustrating - but I enjoyed them because they were realistic and not overblown, and the way Evelyn handled them was realistic without being too "poor me." She didn't just receive the abuse & whine - she stood up and did something about it as best she was able. I also appreciated how they didn't just brush over Evelyn's consideration of romance as far as it related to her career. There were a couple things I felt they could have discussed more thoroughly ((view spoiler)[children, for instance?? How y'all gonna handle children with Evelyn's career and all?? (hide spoiler)] ), but I'm sure they talked about those things off-screen. Overall, though, they did a good job letting both Peter and Evelyn think it over. Peter was also an excellent character. I've mentioned this before, but I so enjoyed his slow comprehension of everything. It was so much fun! I enjoyed him and his thoughts more and more as time passed, and Sundin handled him SO well that I could 100% see his perspective and was never angry or frustrated with him. They also just had such strong personalities, and I could talk about that and character arcs and so on all day, but instead, I'll attempt to move on. One thing I really enjoyed about both of these characters is that they were intelligent. I just found that highly enjoyable. When they first met, I was instantly in love with them both separately and as a couple. Also, let's have three cheers for all the old timey newspaper talk! That's my favorite thing. (Made me want to rewatch His Girl Friday.) Section 3: The Plot The plot was really good, too. Just when I thought we might be given a break, nope, another plot twist showed up! There was so much to unpack, and it was really well done so I was never confused or bored. It felt like it moved at a good pace. One thing I noticed is, I glanced down on my Kindle and realized I was at 60% ... and I felt like I must be at 75%. And I went, "Oh crap, what could possibly happen next if this is only 60% and the third plot point is next to come?" Thankfully, I was not disappointed. Suffice to say, this book was a lot more adventure-y than I'd anticipated, but I really enjoyed that. I don't get invested in most of these kinds of things, but this one was so complex. Anyways, that's it for now. I'm going to come back and do a better review and post it everywhere at some point once it's launched. And cry this book's amazingness to the rooftops! But for now, just ... preorder this book. Now. Pleaassseee!

  4. 4 out of 5

    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. This b 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. This book was provided by Baker Publishing Group, Revell Division, through Interviews & Reviews.

  5. 4 out of 5

    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 p 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 the RevelI Reads program. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  6. 5 out of 5

    Heather Wood

    When Twilight Breaks is a fascinating look inside Germany on the cusp of WWII as two American professionals navigate foreign and personal relations and their circle of who they can trust grows ever smaller. Sundin captured details about the culture and tensions well, giving the reader an immersive experience. It was interesting to consider views of various Americans and other Europeans as well as dissenting German voices of the time. This novel was suspenseful and shocking without being graphic, When Twilight Breaks is a fascinating look inside Germany on the cusp of WWII as two American professionals navigate foreign and personal relations and their circle of who they can trust grows ever smaller. Sundin captured details about the culture and tensions well, giving the reader an immersive experience. It was interesting to consider views of various Americans and other Europeans as well as dissenting German voices of the time. This novel was suspenseful and shocking without being graphic, and I think Sundin nailed these in the right proportion for my own preferences. The hero, Peter, is one of my very favorite types: intelligent, hard working, kind, teachable, sacrificial. I do like the bookish sort that wears glasses! His faith grew over the course of the book and he prayed more often as his character arc progressed, depending on the Lord's strength instead of his own to get them out of their pickle, but he has a few good fistfights of his own. I had more trouble with Evelyn because I do not relate to heroines that are hell bent on being anti-feminine and prize elbowing their way through a predominantly male career above relationships. It's been done so often that it feels tropey to me. With that said, I do think Sundin did a good job with the character and with her relationship with Peter. The way the two of them interacted, learned to rely on each other, and were so instrumental in each other's growth is where this book shone. I don't want to give spoilers but the way Peter respected and treated Evelyn was enough to melt me into a puddle. (And was why she was so frustrating!) However, because of their personalities, this book was less romantic and had far less kissing than I've come to expect after the Sunrise over Normandy series. This is a solid Christian historical fiction from Sundin, and I do recommend it to fans of the genre. I received an arc copy from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review, but I was not compensated and all opinions are my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Faye

    A captivating Pre-WWII novel, that wrapped me up in its spell as Sarah Sundin brings to life the conflicts, ideologies, and injustices going on in Germany just a year before the world's deadliest war. Evelyn Brand is a foreign reporter with the American News Service, stationed in Munich. She is a woman working in a man's world, fighting hard to make her words heard. Her words must be measured carefully, as speaking against the government not only puts her job at risk, but her very life. Peter La A captivating Pre-WWII novel, that wrapped me up in its spell as Sarah Sundin brings to life the conflicts, ideologies, and injustices going on in Germany just a year before the world's deadliest war. Evelyn Brand is a foreign reporter with the American News Service, stationed in Munich. She is a woman working in a man's world, fighting hard to make her words heard. Her words must be measured carefully, as speaking against the government not only puts her job at risk, but her very life. Peter Lang is working to put together his dissertation for his PhD in German language, he admires the orderliness of German culture, praising its accomplishments until his eyes are opened to the injustice lurking beneath the surface. Ms. Sundin skillfully brings to life the dangers of living in Germany in the tumultuous year before the official start of WWII, with characters who represent a variety of positions and ideas. I admired Evelyn for her courage and compassion for others, though she is independent and sees leaning on others as a weakness. Peter is a brilliant man, dedicated to his realm of study, Evelyn opens his eyes to what is going on in the broader world around him, and I loved how he lives out his faith and we see his understanding of the issues change over the course of the book. Overall, a gripping read, with a powerful storyline, and courageous characters willing to sacrifice for the freedom of others. This book is a bit different from other books by this author, as the previous books tended to focus on different branches of the US military in the thick of the war, while this one shows a different perspective I that enjoyed just as much if not more for its compelling, high stakes storytelling. This book will not disappoint! Highly recommend! I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cara Putman

    From the first line through to the end, this book is a beautiful weaving of what it was like in Munich as tensions mounted. The characters are the best with real internal conflict that propels the story forward. And the romance is sweet, realistic, and ends with one of the best tropes ever -- I don't want to tell you which one, because I don't want to spoil this beautiful book for you. From the first line through to the end, this book is a beautiful weaving of what it was like in Munich as tensions mounted. The characters are the best with real internal conflict that propels the story forward. And the romance is sweet, realistic, and ends with one of the best tropes ever -- I don't want to tell you which one, because I don't want to spoil this beautiful book for you.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)

    About this book: “Munich, 1938. Evelyn Brand is an American foreign correspondent determined to prove her worth in a male-dominated profession and 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 does not report truthfully, she'll betray the oppressed and fail to wake up the folks back home. Peter Lang is an American graduate student working on his PhD in German. Disillusion About this book: “Munich, 1938. Evelyn Brand is an American foreign correspondent determined to prove her worth in a male-dominated profession and 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 does not report truthfully, she'll betray the oppressed and fail to wake up the folks back home. Peter Lang is an American graduate student 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. As the world marches relentlessly toward war, Evelyn and Peter are on a collision course with destiny.” Series: No, a standalone. Spiritual Content- Scriptures are mentioned & quoted; Prayers, Thanking God, & Blessings over food; Talks about God; ‘H’s are not capitalized when referring to God; For the first part of the book, Evelyn says she loves God but doesn’t need Him for strength, only when she’s in a pinch; Church going & hymns; A Christmas service; Mentions of God & forgiveness; Mentions of prayers, praying, & blessings over food; Mentions of Bibles, Bible reading, & books of the Bible; Mentions of Christians, Jews, converting, & persecution; Mentions of churches, church going, hymns, sermons, & pastors/priests; Mentions of synagogues & rabbis; Mentions of a cross necklace; A couple mentions of sins; *Note: Mentions of the official German church rejecting the Old Testament and Apostle Paul while preaching about an Aryan Jesus; Mentions of a synagogue being demolished; A mention of a hairstyle like a Grecian goddess would wear. Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘damning’, three ‘idiot’s, six ‘shut up’s, and eight ‘stupid’s; Mentions of curses (said, not written); Sarcasm & eye rolling; All about Nazis, communists, persecution, treason, pogroms, violence, fighting, weapons, deaths/murders, & concentration camps; Being held at gunpoint & threatened (up to semi-detailed); An attack, pain, fighting, killing someone (in self-defense), injuries, & blood/bleeding (semi-detailed); Recalling pain & seeing someone die (barely-above-not-detailed); Seeing people being beat up & blood/bleeding (semi-detailed); Threats & Riots (semi-detailed); Lying & Deceiving for the sake of safety; Mentions of dead bodies & how they were killed (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of orders to kill Jews (including women); Mentions of executions & guillotines; Mentions of wars, fighting, & deaths; Mentions of arrests, injuries, & blood/bleeding (barely-above-not-detailed); Mentions of beatings, injuries, pain, & watching someone be murdered (up to semi-detailed); Mentions of weapons (guns & knives); Mentions of violence, mobs, gangsters, & thugs; Mentions of prisons/jails; Mentions of Evelyn’s old boyfriends slapping her & locking her in a car trunk; Mentions of hatred; Mentions of lies, lying, liars, & deception; Mentions of rumors; Mentions of alcohol & drunks; Mentions of cigarettes/cigars, smoking, & tobacco; A few mentions of bombs & air raids; A couple mentions of torture; A mention of divorce. Sexual Content- a hand kiss, two nose kisses, a chin kiss, two cheek kisses, five forehead kisses, an almost kiss, a barely-above-not-detailed kiss, two semi-detailed kisses, and two border-line semi-detailed // detailed kisses; Wanting to kiss & Staring at someone’s lips (up to semi-detailed); Touches, Embraces, Nearness, Dancing, and Remembering all of this (semi-detailed); Sleeping next to each other (cuddling) for warmth; The Main characters have to sleep in the same room a few times; Sitting in a man’s lap (barely-above-not-detailed); Noticing & Smelling (including a shirtless man’s muscles & legs, semi-detailed); A man offers Evelyn to sit in his lap (which she refuses), tries to touch her bottom with his knee, comments on her time of the month, & also fondles her bottom; Mentions of a honeymoon & the couple staying in each other’s presence; Mentions of kisses & kissing; Mentions of flirting & flirts; Mentions of boyfriends/girlfriends & dates; A few mentions of seducing a man; A few mentions of affairs & mistresses; A few mentions of crushes; (view spoiler)[ *Spoiler* The main couple (after they have to get married) share a couple mentions of suggestive comments about a married couple unbuttoning or removing each other’s clothing along with a mention of a Peter taking Evelyn to bed. *End of Spoiler* (hide spoiler)] ; A mention of loose morals; Love, falling in love, & the emotions; *Note: Mentions of women’s curves, hips, & bust lines; A few mentions of negligees; A few mentions of painting of people wearing no clothes at all or very little; A couple mentions of shirtless men; A mention of a knee to the groin; A man comments that others don’t think Evelyn is making “little Nazis” with a higher power man. -Evelyn Brand, age 26 -Peter Lang, age 27 P.O.V. switches between them Set in 1938 348 pages ~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Pre Teens- One Star New Teens- One Star Early High School Teens- One Star Older High School Teens- Two Stars My personal Rating- Two Stars I haven’t read many books by this author and to be frankly honest, I don’t know how many more I’ll end up reading. I found the first third not able to grab my attention, the next third interesting, and then the final third a little too kissy and suggestive. It wasn’t over the top compared to some other books I’ve read recently, but it still made me uncomfortable and I found those scenes to be unnecessary. The main characters were fine, I suppose, but I thought Evelyn did a major switch after falling in love with Peter. Faith content was pretty decent, a bit more would have been nice, but what was there wasn’t a bad amount. It was interesting (? I don’t like using that word when it comes to brutal parts of history, but I’m at a loss for what else to call it) to see Germany just before World War II as I haven’t read much about that time. The foreign language aspects were neat and I liked seeing that, but overall this book was only okay to me. Link: Coming soon. *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author. *I received this book for free from the Publisher (Revell) for this honest review.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I've been putting off this review because I just wasn't sure what to say. I have adored pretty much every other book Sundin has written and been personally impacted by some of them. Her books have been companions in some hard places in my life. I felt like this one fell flat, and I wasn't sure why until other people started writing reviews. So here is my summary: While the writing, historical research, characterization are still up to Sundin's usual level of brilliance, some of the things that hav I've been putting off this review because I just wasn't sure what to say. I have adored pretty much every other book Sundin has written and been personally impacted by some of them. Her books have been companions in some hard places in my life. I felt like this one fell flat, and I wasn't sure why until other people started writing reviews. So here is my summary: While the writing, historical research, characterization are still up to Sundin's usual level of brilliance, some of the things that have made her one of my favorite authors just weren't there. Spiritual ~ While both characters come to some conclusions about political and personal change, it is not deeply rooted in the Christian faith as in the other books. It isn't like faith doesn't play a role, but it's just one of many players. They seem to be more impacted by events and politics, than seeing God using events to change them. Romance ~ Sundin usually has more kissing and whatnot than I usually like in books, but it's an aspect I'm willing to tolerate because the books are so, so good. This romance was not that way. There were a lot of awkward moments, a lot of tension that felt forced instead of natural, and things got more steamy than I really felt they needed to be. Healing ~ One of the things that has impacted me the most in the past by Sundin's book is how each of the characters finds emotional and spiritual healing from God often helped by their love interest. Both characters have some insecurity and fears, but they don't push each other toward healing in God, they accommodate each other. Now, I know full well that this can be perfectly healthy and normal. Yet, Evelyn basically is the same person, only without fear of romance and glad she doesn't have to give up anything. Peter changes politically, but other than that also didn't grow a lot. This isn't a bad book, it just fell short for me.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rissi

    Atmosphere and history collide in this intricate WWII novel full of dangerous possibilities and a sprinkling of romance in Sarah Sundin’s historical fiction masterpiece. STORY: Working as an American correspondent in Germany 1938 is Evelyn Brand's passion. She loves the work, and is passionate about doing good even if it may sometimes lead to danger. Despite her talent, she finds her articles are being censored, and the truth is being hidden from Americans. Her latest assignment leads Atmosphere and history collide in this intricate WWII novel full of dangerous possibilities and a sprinkling of romance in Sarah Sundin’s historical fiction masterpiece. STORY: Working as an American correspondent in Germany 1938 is Evelyn Brand's passion. She loves the work, and is passionate about doing good even if it may sometimes lead to danger. Despite her talent, she finds her articles are being censored, and the truth is being hidden from Americans. Her latest assignment leads her to meet Peter Lang, an American PhD student working on a dissertation specializing in German and American dictation. Peter becomes instantly intrigued by the fierce Evelyn, but their different viewpoints seem destined to keep them at a distance. WHEN TWILIGHT BREAKS, SARAH SUNDIN | BOOK REVIEW REVIEW: Any of the novels I’ve read by Sarah Sundin have had this unique and well written in such a way that balances out the accuracy of its era (she always writes WWII) and keeps things on the “lighter” side of things. When Twilight Breaks is completely different. It’s still written with skill and great care (perhaps even more so), but this one also has a dangerous precedent that’s striking if nothing else. Read the review in its entirety on Finding Wonderland. Sincere thanks to the publishers for providing a complementary review copy of this novel; ALL OPINIONS ARE MY OWN.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nora St Laurent

    I have read and enjoyed many of her books. I feel this is one of her best. Not only that, but I was blown away by how the story was told through the eyes of Evelyn Branch, a journalist with the American News Service in Berlin, Germany. She is there when the world goes mad. She tries to write about it, but her stories are tampered with before going to print, (I felt the similarities of that time period with their being a slant on news and turmoil — never quite knowing what is real or not) kind of I have read and enjoyed many of her books. I feel this is one of her best. Not only that, but I was blown away by how the story was told through the eyes of Evelyn Branch, a journalist with the American News Service in Berlin, Germany. She is there when the world goes mad. She tries to write about it, but her stories are tampered with before going to print, (I felt the similarities of that time period with their being a slant on news and turmoil — never quite knowing what is real or not) kind of eerie it reminded me of what we have been dealing with in current time. While this is going on Evelyn fights extra hard to write important stories. She knows where to get the scoop, but it’s almost impossible for her to get a lead working in a male dominated field. Then Evelyn crosses paths with Harvard grad Peter Lang who is working on his doctorate. Peter Lang’s work was fascinating to learn about. It became more interesting when the enemy wanted to use his studies and skills and to what end? Peter gets worried about that. Evelyn and Peter form an unlikely friendship and work together for the greater good and a way of staying alive. This friendship is hard for Evelyn because of the abusive men she trusted in the past, she comes at cross-roads only her faith can get her through. Evelyn then finds out a family secret that could compromise her, and everything she has worked for. If this information gets in the wrong hands, who knows what would happen to her. She becomes unsettled as things start happening. Things in her apartment seem to be moved and/or rifled through, and she feels she is being followed. I was glued to this story through the characters, their flight and for the fact I saw many similarities in our current political environment with its rioting and destruction of businesses properties. This would make a great book club pick there is so much to discuss. The author includes sixteen questions to help create lively discussions at your book club meeting. Disclosure of Material Connection: I have received a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher through NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” Nora St. Laurent TBCN Where Book Fun Begins! The Book Club Network blog www.bookfun.org

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sylvia

    Sarah Sundin has done it again! When Twilight Breaks is an utter masterpiece, enthrallingly written and tantalizingly illuminating. This story kept my heart pumping and captivated me as very few other stories have been able to do. Sundin’s characters are always expertly crafted, and When Twilight Breaks is an impeccable example of her talent. Evelyn and Peter both captured my heart, and their stories provided me countless opportunities for introspection. I was thoroughly invested in their struggl Sarah Sundin has done it again! When Twilight Breaks is an utter masterpiece, enthrallingly written and tantalizingly illuminating. This story kept my heart pumping and captivated me as very few other stories have been able to do. Sundin’s characters are always expertly crafted, and When Twilight Breaks is an impeccable example of her talent. Evelyn and Peter both captured my heart, and their stories provided me countless opportunities for introspection. I was thoroughly invested in their struggles and devastations and hopes and dreams. The dangers they faced throughout the story and the reasons behind it often made me feel sick, but that is exactly how I was supposed to feel. Sundin has a uniquely refined talent for writing stories that inspire, educate, and keep the reader utterly riveted. At times, When Twilight Breaks was quite difficult to read, with its parallels to our world today and the reminder of the horrific violence and injustices that targeted innocent people in Nazi Germany. However challenging it was to get through, I was deeply moved by Sundin’s masterful storytelling abilities and greatly encouraged in faith. The heart-stopping suspense and danger kept me on the edge of my seat, and treasures are found in every moment of the story. Readers will absolutely not want to miss this unparalleled tale of love, faith, and danger in pre-WWII Nazi Germany. When Twilight Breaks will definitely be one of my top reads of the year, and I cannot wait for Sundin’s next novel! 5/5 stars I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Olivia

    { I received this book from Revell and Netgalley to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.} Once more, I was swept into a historically accurate and aweing book by the lovely Sarah Sundin. She has such a beautiful way of pulling me into every book she writes. The politics of this book drew me in even more after all the crazy happenings in our world this last year. To see Germany before the war really paved out some aspects I hadn't thought a lot about. I loved seeing Peter's and Evelyn's co { I received this book from Revell and Netgalley to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.} Once more, I was swept into a historically accurate and aweing book by the lovely Sarah Sundin. She has such a beautiful way of pulling me into every book she writes. The politics of this book drew me in even more after all the crazy happenings in our world this last year. To see Germany before the war really paved out some aspects I hadn't thought a lot about. I loved seeing Peter's and Evelyn's contrasting thoughts on what was happening and how they used both their thinking together. I was a bit wary at first going into this story, as I feel like the "woman not respected by a man" storyline is overused at times. But I greatly appreciated the balance of this topic, and even if I didn't completely relate Evelyn's attitude all the time, I understand where she came from and I understood Peter's perspective too. The spiritual aspect was woven nicely throughout, and the romance super sweet. I loved how the romance progressed and kinda fell in love with Peter as well :P This book is a necessary read for today, eye-opening and engrossing through every page. I'm always to excited to see what Sarah Sundin writes next.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kav

    "I hate depending on others. It makes me weak..." "Don't you know God makes us strong? He didn't create us to be completely independent, but interdependent." Whoa! Another gobsmacker to make my top ten 2021 reading list and it's only February. And, while the content is historical, it is also very pertinent to our times which makes the story all the more fascinating/appalling. This is Sundin at her best. Flawed characters growing through their faith journey, stunner plot, compelling historical detai "I hate depending on others. It makes me weak..." "Don't you know God makes us strong? He didn't create us to be completely independent, but interdependent." Whoa! Another gobsmacker to make my top ten 2021 reading list and it's only February. And, while the content is historical, it is also very pertinent to our times which makes the story all the more fascinating/appalling. This is Sundin at her best. Flawed characters growing through their faith journey, stunner plot, compelling historical details -- well, it all just took my breath away! And kept me frantically reading right to the end. The pre-war Germany setting was especially intriguing for me. I've read a ton of WWII novels, but this is the first that solely focuses on the events leading up to the war. A chilling look at the insidious build to the horrors of the holocaust. And we get an insiders view from an intrepid reporter and a bemused foreign student. The author's brilliance shines in the unlikely pairing of this hero and heroine making of a heart-in-throat reading atmosphere. There's espionage and danger and Nazi arrogance and brutality...along with betrayal. I told you, page-turning stuff! Book provided courtesy of Baker's Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Karen R

    Fans of WW2 novels will want to grab this terrific read! Full of history, drama, action and a tender romance, set in turbulent 1938 pre-war Germany. It was hard to put down, as the tension gets tighter when the Nazi regime grows in strength, casting its net across Europe. This book had me spellbound as the events leading up to war unfolded in the main characters' lives. The character development through it all was well done, changing both Evelyn's and Peter's outlooks. Their friendship grew into Fans of WW2 novels will want to grab this terrific read! Full of history, drama, action and a tender romance, set in turbulent 1938 pre-war Germany. It was hard to put down, as the tension gets tighter when the Nazi regime grows in strength, casting its net across Europe. This book had me spellbound as the events leading up to war unfolded in the main characters' lives. The character development through it all was well done, changing both Evelyn's and Peter's outlooks. Their friendship grew into something strong and true, as they learned to lean on their faith and each other more through increasing peril around them. I liked how Evelyn realizes that she judges all men badly because of her past relationships. Leaning on God made her stronger, not weaker, and her prayers for help are answered in part through the provision of friends. "God didn't create us to be completely independent, but interdependent. That's why he gave us friends." What a scary place Germany must have been at that time! It was eye opening to read about the line of thinking, blaming Jewish people for society's problems, justifying violence, and Nazism. The mob violence reminded me of something out of today's news. The mini discussions about freedom versus order, and the need for balance, were thought provoking. Highly recommend! Great read for fans of historical fiction with faith and a bit of romance. 5 stars (An ebook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Loraine

    Sarah Sundin is an excellent author when it comes to bringing World War II to life. Her newest focuses on Germany in 1938 just prior to the beginning of World War II. Evelyn Brand is a newspaper journalist in a man's world and is fighting to get news of the Nazi changes back to America. But instead is repeatedly given soft news in which her editor cuts anything derogatory to Germany. American Peter Lang is a professor working on his doctorate using technology that allows students to hear themsel Sarah Sundin is an excellent author when it comes to bringing World War II to life. Her newest focuses on Germany in 1938 just prior to the beginning of World War II. Evelyn Brand is a newspaper journalist in a man's world and is fighting to get news of the Nazi changes back to America. But instead is repeatedly given soft news in which her editor cuts anything derogatory to Germany. American Peter Lang is a professor working on his doctorate using technology that allows students to hear themselves and correct their pronunciation of either English or German. Little do they each know that their paths will cross as they each try to help their Jewish friends and that, in turn, will lead them into major trouble. This book is so well written and the characters and events place the reader right in the midst of the developing Nazi party, its terrible injustices to the Jews, and the need for those who care to help the Jews. Evelyn's growth, her desire to take whatever risks were needed to get the news back home, and her support of her Jewish friends was so inspirational. She was not afraid to stand up for what was right and condemn that which was evil. Peter also became a risk taker as he realized what was happening and played a double role. When they became a team, it was amazing what they accomplished as well as how they looked out for one another. Their slowly blossoming romance was interesting to watch especially as Evelyn felt she had to continue to be alone to succeed in her journalism career. Definitely another World War II home run for Sarah Sundin. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Tero

    This book completely transported me into pre-WWII Germany. There were so many historical tidbits thrown in of the culture of Germany, such as author and composer bans as well as the growth of uprisings and introductions of new bans. I enjoyed the historical aspect of this book so much! The themes and plot complimented the historical setting very well. I found both Evelyn’s and Peter’s jobs in Germany intriguing and influential in creating a solid, moving plot. I appreciated how both the characters This book completely transported me into pre-WWII Germany. There were so many historical tidbits thrown in of the culture of Germany, such as author and composer bans as well as the growth of uprisings and introductions of new bans. I enjoyed the historical aspect of this book so much! The themes and plot complimented the historical setting very well. I found both Evelyn’s and Peter’s jobs in Germany intriguing and influential in creating a solid, moving plot. I appreciated how both the characters grew in their Christian walk throughout the book. They were by no means perfect but they didn’t stay in their misconceived ideas. Subjects of forgiveness, justice, mercy, and leaning on God as a strength and not a weakness were very well covered consistently throughout the whole story. The romance was more slow-moving and sweet. There are some scenes which would make younger readers a bit uncomfortable and I would recommend more for adult readers, as the main characters spend quite a bit of time traveling together unmarried. *I received this book from Revell and happily provided my honest review*

  19. 5 out of 5

    Sarita

    No matter how dark the world became, there would always be some light, some music, some hope. Oh, this was such a good book - not a lot of books will make me give up my sleep. From the beginning of the book, there was this imminent danger feeling hanging over Evelyn and Peter, even though the start of the book was a bit slower pace. But oh, around 56% the pace was full out sprinting - there was scenes where I held my breath, wanted to shout at a character to not trust someone and was scared for E No matter how dark the world became, there would always be some light, some music, some hope. Oh, this was such a good book - not a lot of books will make me give up my sleep. From the beginning of the book, there was this imminent danger feeling hanging over Evelyn and Peter, even though the start of the book was a bit slower pace. But oh, around 56% the pace was full out sprinting - there was scenes where I held my breath, wanted to shout at a character to not trust someone and was scared for Evelyn and Peter. I've read a few WW2 book, and most was during the worst time more towards the end. This was the first book which I've read which was more at the start of Hitler's horrid reign and it was refreshing to see how small changes added to this big war - I always wondered how people could not see what was happening. I feel like the author did a great job with the historical thread. Clouds may conceal them, but they're still there. Even in the darkest night, the stars always shine. Peter and Evelyn - this was probably one of the best romances I've read in a while. I loved them individually, especially Evelyn who had to fight for her own success in a man's world and Peter who saw her and gave her the support she needed. They were great together as well and I loved their friendship. Highly recommended to fans of Historical romance. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.*

  20. 4 out of 5

    Laura Thomas

    On the brink of WWII, Evelyn Brand 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 r On the brink of WWII, Evelyn Brand 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! I received this book courtesy of Baker Publishing Group, Revell Division, through Interviews & Reviews. All opinions in this review are my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    MJSH

    "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 deep "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.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jesseca Wheaton

    Review to come!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rachelle Cobb

    Exceptional. Awe-inspiring. This vivid look at pre-WWII Germany in 1938 stunned me and left me speechless. The description of Kristallnacht had me on the edge of my seat and reminding myself to breathe. And the main characters—my heart. Peter and Evelyn are amazingly flawed and lovable. I couldn’t get enough of this breathtaking story. I may just have to flip it over and read again! (I did indeed do just that.)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    This is a book that you never want to end, you become these characters, and will feel not only the danger and injustice, but all the helplessness. Now I have read many books by this author, and she has never disappointed me, this one has to be one of the best. While we all know the outcome here, and wish that we could stop and change history, we put names to those wanting to stop the mania. We are given a young woman, Evelyn Branch, a reporter station in Munich when the world was going mad, and tr This is a book that you never want to end, you become these characters, and will feel not only the danger and injustice, but all the helplessness. Now I have read many books by this author, and she has never disappointed me, this one has to be one of the best. While we all know the outcome here, and wish that we could stop and change history, we put names to those wanting to stop the mania. We are given a young woman, Evelyn Branch, a reporter station in Munich when the world was going mad, and trying make her way in a man's world. Circumstances put Harvard grad and working on his doctorate Peter Lang and Evelyn together. I found it very interesting the work Peter is doing and how then enemy could utilize his skills. We are gifted with seeing how these two form a tentative friendship, and how their lives touch so many others. You don't want to miss this one, it will linger with you long after the last page is turned. I received this book through LibraryThing, and was not required to give a positive review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    A.L. Sowards

    I’ve been meaning to read a Sarah Sundin book for a while, and I’m happy that I finally got around to it with her newest release, When Twilight Breaks. The book follows Evelyn, a reporter, and Peter, a grad student, both Americans in Munich a few years before war breaks out. The novel includes such events as the Munich Conference and Kristallnacht. The story is somewhere in the middle of historical fiction and historical romance. The book is skillfully written and the characters were likeable an I’ve been meaning to read a Sarah Sundin book for a while, and I’m happy that I finally got around to it with her newest release, When Twilight Breaks. The book follows Evelyn, a reporter, and Peter, a grad student, both Americans in Munich a few years before war breaks out. The novel includes such events as the Munich Conference and Kristallnacht. The story is somewhere in the middle of historical fiction and historical romance. The book is skillfully written and the characters were likeable and clever and went through satisfying changes throughout the course of the story. It’s a great choice for readers who enjoy Christian Fiction set during WWII with a mix of romance and history. Thanks to Netgalley, the author, and the publisher for the copy I read.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Susan Wachtel

    Mixed Feelings I love reading Sarah Sundin’s historical fiction novels and that’s why I was excited to read her newest book When Twilight Breaks. This story starts before the beginning of World War II. Unlike her earlier WWII novels, this story is not focused on characters in the military. Evelyn Brand is an American correspondent for American News Service based in Munich, Germany in 1938. She has a few strikes against her, she’s a woman, young, and will do whatever it takes to get a story. Evely Mixed Feelings I love reading Sarah Sundin’s historical fiction novels and that’s why I was excited to read her newest book When Twilight Breaks. This story starts before the beginning of World War II. Unlike her earlier WWII novels, this story is not focused on characters in the military. Evelyn Brand is an American correspondent for American News Service based in Munich, Germany in 1938. She has a few strikes against her, she’s a woman, young, and will do whatever it takes to get a story. Evelyn wants to expose the truth of what’s she’s seeing no matter whose toes she’s stepping on. Denied the opportunity to go where the action is at, Evelyn was sent to do a softball story about American students and their experiences at the University of Munich. It’s there that Evelyn meets Peter Lang who is working on his Ph.D. in German. Evelyn and Peter couldn’t be much different. He appreciates what he sees in Germany, the changes that have happened since 1932 with prosperity, no unemployment, seemingly secure and very orderly. Peter takes a fancy to Evelyn, though it’s not mutual, he is not easily deterred. I struggled a bit with this book. Evelyn’s character was rather off-putting. She came across as judgmental and a know-it-all. I felt like I was reading a story with a modern-day woman being put in the middle of a story in the 1930’s. Something that’s common in today’s movies and TV shows is to portray men as being inferior to women. I almost felt like that was what I was seeing and it surprised me in a book from an author who is Christian. Evelyn was shown to have the moral high ground in recognizing the wrong road Germany was headed down. Peter was depicted as someone who was somewhat blind to the changing atmosphere in Germany. My favorite character was Peter. Though he was slow to start seeing the growing threat to Jewish people in Germany, once he recognized it, he didn’t hesitate to try to help people who were being victimized. He was kind, caring, patient, and ready to put his life on the line and risk everything he had worked for to help a friend in need. I did like the secondary characters, Evelyn’s friend Elizabeth White, Herr Gold and Peter’s friends the Schreiber family, and Paul and Simone Aubrey. There were some heartwarming and good surprises about friends as well as vile words and behavior from so-called friends. Regarding the Christian faith, there wasn’t a lot about faith included in When Twilight Breaks. It was “Christian lite” on the substance of faith and the Gospel was not shared. I think the book would have been richer if that element of the story had been developed. The views of men and women in this book seem to reflect a more secular view from today’s culture. I was pleasantly surprised by the change in Evelyn. At first, she seemed selfish and ready to put people at risk for her cause, but later she learned the importance of being interdependent and putting others first. It was somewhat eerie reading about the growing intolerance for people who were deemed inferior since we are beginning to see that in our own Country. A good warning to not go down that path. I had mixed feelings about this book. I liked the character Peter and grew to appreciate Evelyn’s passion to get the truth out about what was happening in Germany. It made me think about what it must have been like for the people living in Germany, both the Jewish people who were being persecuted and the German citizens who saw what was going on. I found it both sobering and terrifying. I wasn’t keen on the feminist aspects of this book, especially in light of it being written by a Christian author and published by a company that publishes Christian books and authors. Would I recommend When Twilight Breaks? I like Sarah Sundin’s writing, she’s a good storyteller. However, I think this book was not as good as some of her other books because of what felt like a feminist agenda as opposed to telling a story. It was informative, disturbing, and interesting to see the progression of Germany going down the wrong road. I would like to thank Revell Publishing Group and NetGalley for the opportunity to read When Twilight Breaks by Sarah Sundin. I was under no obligation to give a favorable review.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dawn Teresa

    My first reading encounter with Sarah Sundin was The Land Beneath Us, which I liked well enough to consider reading more of her work. My next opportunity was her newest, When Twilight Breaks -- a standalone so impressive that, in my eyes, Sundin's future releases have been promoted from might-reads to must-reads! The events of the novel take place over a period of roughly nine months during 1938, in Berlin, and more heavily, in Munich. It's the lead up to WWII, and antisemitism is rising as Adolp My first reading encounter with Sarah Sundin was The Land Beneath Us, which I liked well enough to consider reading more of her work. My next opportunity was her newest, When Twilight Breaks -- a standalone so impressive that, in my eyes, Sundin's future releases have been promoted from might-reads to must-reads! The events of the novel take place over a period of roughly nine months during 1938, in Berlin, and more heavily, in Munich. It's the lead up to WWII, and antisemitism is rising as Adolph Hitler's power and influence grows. Our heroine, Evelyn Brand, is an American news reporter. Our hero, Peter Lang, also American, is in Munich working on his Ph.D. and teaching German to American exchange students. The two cross paths when Evelyn is assigned to interview Peter. Sundin takes the time to thoughtfully develop both characters. From the scene of their meeting, which is entertaining for its witty repartee, the two are established as foils to one another. Evelyn is an emboldened, determined woman fighting for equal treatment and respect in a male dominated profession. Peter is a more deliberate, methodical man. While he values order and admires the new prosperity that Germany has gained since the first World War, Evelyn sees the country through a more measured, critical lens. Some romantic historical fiction lacks detail, dropping the characters into a time period and location without convincingly setting the scene or giving attention to authenticity. Happily, When Twilight Breaks is not that kind of novel. Sundin's research is impeccable. Germany comes alive as she uses Evelyn's professional work to relate notable events and developments in a way that lends interest, immediacy, and emotional investment. Indeed, Sundin brings a healthy amount of detail and information to her readers without ever resorting to info dumping. If When Twilight Breaks has a weakness, I didn't find it. The novel shines in all facets. Alongside the historical element, both the romantic and the faith elements are strong. The relationship between Evelyn and Peter develops naturally and convincingly; neither character is perfect, and each grows as the story progresses. The theme of faith, including reflections on Micah 6:8, fits neatly into the story without feeling forced or jarring. Finally, Sundin's prose is skillful with some beautiful, thoughtful, and ultimately memorable phrases. Indeed, Sundin's story shows hope never dies. As she writes: "Even in the darkest night, the stars always shine." Verdict: 5 stars -- A Well-Researched and Consuming Historical Romance!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Mimi

    I've only read one other of the author's stories and she has an incredible gift of writing in this time period. When Twilight Breaks gives the perspective of an American woman working as a correspondent in Nazi Germany. It was such an unusual job for a woman in a country on the verge of war. As we first meet Evelyn Brand, you get the full sense of what she has to fight for to earn a spot writing with the men. Unfortunately, it's an uphill battle. We also meet Peter Lang, and honestly, he may be o I've only read one other of the author's stories and she has an incredible gift of writing in this time period. When Twilight Breaks gives the perspective of an American woman working as a correspondent in Nazi Germany. It was such an unusual job for a woman in a country on the verge of war. As we first meet Evelyn Brand, you get the full sense of what she has to fight for to earn a spot writing with the men. Unfortunately, it's an uphill battle. We also meet Peter Lang, and honestly, he may be one of my new, favorite leading men! He sees what's happening in Germany as a good thing. He's an American with a German heritage and he loves the order in which Hitler's regime is bringing to the country. Hard to believe I find him so likable, right? You understand more about why he sees things the way he does as you get to know him more through the story. I also love how he sees Evelyn. She's a strong woman who is dedicated to her career. Where other men of that time saw Evelyn as living outside the norm and not being comfortable with it, Peter sees her in a refreshing light. It's fun how they banter back and forth as well as how he pursues her even after she continues to turn him down. Evelyn on the other hand can NOT figure this man out, but while she's amused by his efforts, his belief in what the Nazi party is doing is an obvious barrier. As things heat up and become more dangerous, we see how both Peter and Evelyn's thoughts and feelings shift on a number of things. The story is intense from the beginning, but seriously, I felt like every other moment my heart rate would go up because of a potentially critical situation either one or both of them were in. The thought of having to share the truth about what was going on and putting your life at risk of doing so is unimaginable! If you love WWII stories, this one is NOT to be missed. Yes, it's PRE-WWII, which actually sets it apart and shows what it must've been like before it all began. *I received this book from the publisher for review. This is my personal opinion.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    American foreign correspondent Evelyn Brand is after the scoop in Germany in 1938. Although she's stationed in Munich and away from the main action in Berlin as Adolf Hitler grows in power, she does what she can while facing the limitations placed on her not only because of her location but also her gender. Someday she'll get her big break, and she'll be ready. Graduate student Peter Lang is pleased with the progress he sees in Germany since the last time he visited. There's now order where there American foreign correspondent Evelyn Brand is after the scoop in Germany in 1938. Although she's stationed in Munich and away from the main action in Berlin as Adolf Hitler grows in power, she does what she can while facing the limitations placed on her not only because of her location but also her gender. Someday she'll get her big break, and she'll be ready. Graduate student Peter Lang is pleased with the progress he sees in Germany since the last time he visited. There's now order where there had been chaos. Some parts of the new Germany are unfair, sure, but they certainly have improved the country after its devastation following The Great War. When Peter and Evelyn meet, he's fascinated immediately by the spunky reporter. She finds Peter attractive but has had too many bad experiences with men to give him a serious chance. Plus his sympathy toward Nazi beliefs is off-putting. But when danger begins circling, all blinders come off and Peter and Evelyn must both determine where they stand. What a great novel from Sarah Sundin! It was fascinating and scary to get a look at pre-WWII Germany. This story touches on so many political topics and historic events without plodding, seamlessly immersing you in the time period. The secondary characters are well-rounded and play pivotal roles in the story. One thing I especially loved was seeing Sundin's writing style tweaked to her main characters. Evelyn's point of view is crisp and sharp, while Peter's is more thoughtful and evocative. Both work together to present their ideologies and arcs in a way that draws the reader right in. I'd recommend this for any fans of historical fiction, especially if you enjoy learning about WWII and its surrounding events. I received my copy of the book from the publisher. All thoughts in this review are my own. This review originated at http://reviewsbyerin.dreamwidth.org

  30. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    This author is one of my favorites as she is always detailed and accurate in her historical aspects and she weaves a truth into her story. This book was a little different than others she’s written, but still so good. The way she looks at Hitler through her characters’ eyes makes you think of current times and conundrums we find ourselves in.

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