In a Time of War, Love is the Inspiration.
With her brothers away fighting the Great War overseas, Livy Campbell desperately wants to help her family. Her chance comes when she meets a handsome stranger who lands her a job as a teacher in a place far from her parents' farm. But the war casts a long shadow over the German-American town that Livy now calls home—and the darkness will test everything she thought she knew about family and love . . .
More than anything, Friedrick Wagner wants to be part of his adopted country's struggle for peace. But when the bitter animosity between Germans and Americans soon turns citizens against newcomers, friend against friend, he will do whatever it takes to protect Livy from the hysteria that grips their town. As tragedy—and dark secrets from the past—threaten their future, Friedrick and Livy have one chance to stand up for what's right . . . and one chance to fight for their love.
I was really excited to read this book, but with everything that has been happening it took me forever to actually read it. It was worth the wait though. I don't know if "Gripping" is the right word to describe this, but it was written in such a way to make to take a good look at myself and my own prejudices. Livy has to do that too, and she doesn't think she has any prejudices until they are brought up right in front of her. It's horrifying to realize that people can treat others in such a horrible manner.
I think the historical part of this book was what I loved the most. Although, each character finding their own way was inspiring too. Good questions come up about when it's time to take a stand and when it's time to turn the other cheek.
Maybe, "Thought-provoking" would be the best way to describe this novel. If you like historical fiction I would definitely put this one on your list.
Title: Hope at Dawn
Author: Stacy Henrie
Published: June 2014
Source: I received a copy from the publisher in exchange for a review.