Monday, August 29, 2011

Monday for the Military: Springtime of the Spirit

Here's a description of the book from the author's website:

"By the fall of 1918, the Great War has ended and the world is at peace, but there is little to celebrate in Germany. After four years of fighting for his homeland, Christophe Brecht returns to find there is little left of what he once called home. So when family friends ask him to travel to Munich to bring back their runaway daughter, Christophe agrees. When he finally locates Annaliese Duray, he discovers she is far different from the girl he once knew. Headstrong, idealistic, and beautiful, she is on the front lines of the city’s political scene, fighting to give women and working-class citizens a voice in Germany’s new government. As the political upheaval ignites in Munich, so does the attraction between Annaliese and Christophe. With an army from Berlin threatening to squash everything Annaliese has worked for, both she and Christophe are forced to choose between love and loyalty."

My Rating: Spring

My Review:

Thought-provoking and intriguing, Springtime of the Spirit is a book about political unrest, a country torn apart by war, and two people trying to find their place amid all the uncertainty. Christophe and Annaliese's story is told in an almost straight-forward manner, and yet it remains engaging and interesting - simple to understand, and yet complex to ponder.

Christophe has seen harsh realities during WWI, and he has learned what he truly values and what he should cling to. Annaliese has seen harsh realities on the home-front, but misunderstandings lead her to search for ideals and a relationship that might be unattainable. Their journey is one of danger and gentle romance - a sure-fire recipe for a good book!

I really enjoyed this installment of "The Great War" series, and Lang has demonstrated a skill for research and writing that should please readers looking for a satisfying historical romance story.

Note: Maureen Lang is going to be our "Monday for the Military" guest in a couple of weeks, so be sure to come and visit with her! If you're a U.S. resident, you'll have a chance to win a copy of any one of the three books in "The Great War" series, including this book!

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