Jan 26, 2024
It might have to do with the fact that it's Sarah Sundin or even WWII. Maybe it's because we're dealing with the Blitz and yet not just England's resilience in the wake of its destruction. But I suspect I'm going to love this book because Sarah Sundin took a heartbreaking fact of WWII history that many of us don't know about and put it on the page in a different setting to showcase it. Listen in to see how and why that happens in Embers in the London Sky.
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When Sarah Sundin writes WWII fiction people take up and notice. Why? Because she's been doing it longer than most. Because of her thorough research. And perhaps especially because of her attention to detail. When you pick up one of her novels, you know you're going to feel as if you're there.
I won't pretend I'm glad I didn't have to live through The Blitz and that my only real experience with it will be when I read this book. I also forgot to ask about research materials. I'm gonna need those. Hmmm... Oh, Sarah!
But Embers in the London Sky blends the heartbreak of loss of home and family with the focused destruction and attempted demoralization of England. If that's not hard enough, Sarah throws in a few murders to keep things interesting. Or something. EEEP!
If that isn't a recipe for excellent fiction, I don't know what is!
As the German army invades the Netherlands in 1940, Aleida van der Zee Martens escapes to London to wait out the Occupation. Separated from her three-year-old son, Theo, in the process, the young widow desperately searches for her little boy even as she works for an agency responsible for evacuating children to the countryside.
When German bombs set London ablaze, BBC radio correspondent Hugh Collingwood reports on the Blitz, eager to boost morale while walking the fine line between truth and censorship. But the Germans are not the only ones Londoners have to fear as a series of murders flame up amid the ashes.
The deaths hit close to home for Hugh, and Aleida needs his help to locate her missing son. As they work together, they grow closer and closer, both to each other and the answers they seek. But with bombs falling and continued killings, they may be running out of time.
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