Sarah Sundin makes my list as one of my favorite historical fiction authors. I have really enjoyed reading about the wars through fictional characters. She does an excellent job at making the historical time period come alive while including fictional characters to tell the story. I learn something new in each of her books, which is one reason I like her. She does her research, but writes it in such a way that the book never feels too heavy with history. She blends her fiction work quiet nicely.
Book #2 focuses on World War 2. I had to pause at several sections of the book because it is so hard for me to still wrap my mind around the pain and worry that almost everyone felt since each person was greatly affected by the war. Sarah Sundin even states that this book is set “during the darkest days of the war.” I appreciate that her story tells the story of those dark days and that she takes the reader into the hurt and pain so many experienced.
Arch and Lillian are not new characters to the series, but they are now the main characters in this book. However, if you haven’t read it then you will not be missing any huge details. (Of course, you should still definitely read the first book in this series! It was great, too!)
One of the bigger surprises for me was the suspenseful part of the story. I knew it would be full of suspense with the war playing out. However, I didn’t not expect there to be a whole other reason for the suspense. She did a good job at not dragging it out too long but gave the reader just enough to make them say “just one more chapter.”