Book Reviews

a question of loyalty

This. Book.

Guys, it just released today and I seriously need the whole set on my bookshelf, pronto. Just to relive the amazingness of this authors work. This series has been a favourite since I first read them, almost two years ago. A nd for a bookworm who reads a lot, a particular series being a favourite for too very long is rare. Unless it’s really good.

And this series is =)

I reviewed the second book in this series HERE, if you wanna go back and read it. And yes, one of these days I will post the review for the first book.

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A Man. A Brother. A Traitor.

The war has taken everything Micah Wilson has ever held dear, and with all his being he wishes he could do something to stop the heartache. But he often wonders if he’ll ever be able to move on after the war, or forget the brother who left six years before. How can God still have a plan when it seems that the world around him is falling to pieces,
to say nothing of his own heart?

Ann Sullivan has seen two brothers changed by the war. And she’s resolved to do something to stop the pain she sees in their eyes from becoming a reality for so many others. The world is on the brink of Normandy when her nursing unit is shipped to England and, while there, an unexpected encounter promises to change her own life . . . forever. But it’s only the beginning. As the war in Europe rages on, Ann is caught in the crossfires. And when the unthinkable happens, she comes face to face with the evil of the Third Reich. Is it possible that the reality of it all is more deadly than even her worst nightmares?

Erich Essler never questioned his duty to his country. All his life he’s struggled to live up to his father’s expectations, and bring honor to the Essler name. But when the man he thought of as his only friend turns out to be the enemy, he can no longer rid himself of the questions that continue to torment him. Is what he’s doing really honorable? And does he owe his loyalty to his country . . . or a higher power?

Freedom for Europe dawns on the distant horizon. But in the midst of the fight, four lives will be forever changed, and their loyalty to God and Country brought into question.

This was probably my favourite of all the “Questions of War” books. It was so. good. And I don’t want to give anything away, so there’s not too very much I can say ;-)

I fell in love with Jesseca’s writing in the first two books, and this was no exception. It was a book that was beautifully written, wonderfully worded, and the words all flowed together to create a picture that was so sweet, and so sad, that it was perfect. The conflicts the characters face cause them to grow so much, and brings them to life. By the time the book ended, I knew these people. And I didn’t want to leave them.

First of all, Micah Wilson was one of the main characters. I love that guy! Then Erich Essler the German. . . I had been wondering about him since the first book, and I was glad to have my questions answered :D

And then to learn more of Anne Sullivan, the sister who wandered away to play the church piano during one of the other books. A girl after my own heart <3 I was SO happy to get to know her! And she is the quintessential nurse, willing to give up her own comfort and safety to care for others, no matter who they are.

The way Anne’s brothers take care of her and watch out for her and encourage her is SO sweet. The relationship she has with her father is perfect. That good-bye — I was crying. Actually, to be totally honest, I cried throughout the book, so =D And the meddlesome older brother — oh. my. That was hilariously funny! I love that guy! The way the brothers tried to prepare her for the reality of war and battle and facing death was heart-wrenching, yet precious, to read, and it mad me admire them even more than I already did.

The surprise character I never saw coming, who meant so much to Anne and Micah, was essential to the story, and I quickly fell in love.

I enjoy how Jesseca’s books always have such a strong theme of Biblical principles running throughout them. Woven in, effortlessly, the book isn’t preachy or “goody-two-shoes-y”, but the very fabric of the storyline is about the God who is sovereign over all, and how the characters can glorify Him and share Christ’s love with others. I loved the theme of forgiveness and trust in this book, and I loved the reconciliation between siblings. It. was. precious.

I would recommend this for ages 14+, simply because of the war and the death and the blood. Nothing gruesome, but it’s there. *POSSIBLE SPOILER* There are scenes involving Jewish internment and work camps, as well, and there was nothing pretty about those. Also mentions of torture and coercion to get information, as well as one execution. Again, not detailed, but disturbing for very young readers. *SPOILER FINISHED*

*I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to enjoy the book, just to be honest about it*
*In the interest of full disclosure, I’m definitely going to be purchasing a solid copy of this for my own library. And to give as gifts. I definitely need to share the emotions in this book with others!*

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Jesseca is a daughter, sister, and a child of God. Her days are spent reading, cooking, spending time with siblings,
or playing piano. And writing, of course! At an early age words fascinated her, and her love for the printed page has only grown. She lives with her parents and seven siblings in the sunny state of Kansas, and she’s convinced there’s no place like home.

Goodreads//Author’s Blog//Amazon

Tuesday, April 23rd
Laura Guenot – Review –  Beautiful Things
Kaylee Harrison – Review – Kaylee’s Kind of Writes

Wednesday, April 24th:
Soliel – Review – Reviews by Soliel
Abby G. – Review – Photos by Abby Rose
Libby May – Review – Geoturtle

Thursday, April 25th:
Faith P. – Book Spotlight + Review – Stories by Firefly
Victoria G. – Book Spotlight + Interview – Victoria’s Book Nook

Friday, April 26th: (Release Day)
Molly Anne – Review – Set Apart for Him
Kaitlyn S. – Review – Maidens for Modesty

Saturday, April 27th:
Kellyn Roth – Review – Reveries
Angela Watts – Book Spotlight + Interview – The Peculiar Messenger
Ryana Lynn – Review – Life of Heritage Corner
Kaitlyn K. – Book Spotlight – Twin Thoughts

 

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I am a 22 year old young lady who is redeemed and saved from my sin only by the grace of God. A bibliophile at heart with a love of history who desires to see the Word of God practically applied to all aspects of our daily lives -- in our homes, in the grocery store, in the political realm. I strive to put my jumbled, chaotic thoughts down onto paper -- reducing them into black and white rows, letters, sentences. Into some semblance of sanity. And I share them here with all of you, where I can challenge you, make you think, and cause you to ask questions. I am the oldest of eleven children living the country life in the deep south.

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