Present Danger by Elizabeth Goddard

When Twilight Breaks by Sarah Sundin | Review


When Twilight Breaks is the first novel in a new series, written by the incomparably talented Sarah Sundin. 

 Munich, 1938. Evelyn Brand is an American foreign correspondent as determined to prove her worth in a male-dominated profession as she is to expose the growing tyranny in Nazi Germany. To do so, she must walk a thin line. If she offends the government, she could be expelled from the country—or worse. If she fails to truthfully report on major stories, she’ll never be able to give a voice to the oppressed—and wake up the folks back home.

In another part of the city, American graduate student Peter Lang is working on his PhD in German. Disillusioned with the chaos in the world due to the Great Depression, he is impressed with the prosperity and order of German society. But when the brutality of the regime hits close, he discovers a far better way to use his contacts within the Nazi party—to feed information to the shrewd reporter he can’t get off his mind.

This electric standalone novel puts you right at the intersection of pulse-pounding suspense and heart-stopping romance.

It is one of the most unique looks into what life was like in Germany in 1938. Though fictionalized Sarah did research on a trip she took to Germany (if you know for sure please let me know below!)

One of the most interesting thing to me was how she used Peters’ character. Due to his hatred of Communists he sided with the Nazis at first and then realized his fault. Just because someone agrees with some of what you believe does not make them a good ally. 

I loved how both these characters, Evelyn and Peter teach each other, they both grow. It’s not one side is right and one side is wrong, they both have their faults but they learn how to overcome them, together. 

They, at different times examine the way they see life and seeing their wrongs; that doesn’t stop them, instead it encourages them to change what needs to be changed to make them into better persons.

Another great part of this book was all of the “background characters”. O’Hara, Gold, Simone & Paul, Reverend Thompson... Sarah creates this world with ink and paper that makes you feel like you’re right alongside these characters feeling their hurts, confusion and joy. No other author I’ve read is able to do that in the way Sarah can. 

If you enjoy historical fiction then be sure to grab yourself a copy of When Twilight Breaks. It’s one of the most poignant, inspiring books I’ve read in a long time. 


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