When Twilight Breaks
By: Sarah Sundin
Release Date: February 2nd, 2021
Genres: Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Romance
Pages: 365 pages
Where You Can Buy It: Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, Christian Book, Lifeway, and everywhere else books are sold!
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Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Evelyn Brand is an American foreign correspondent determined to prove her worth in a male-dominated profession and 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 does not report truthfully, she’ll betray the oppressed and fail to wake up the folks back home.
Peter Lang is an American graduate student 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.
As the world marches relentlessly toward war, Evelyn and Peter are on a collision course with destiny.
Wow. I do not think I have the words to describe this novel. I have to say that this probably was the most difficult Sarah Sundin book I have ever read and that’s to say something because she does not write on light topics. This book literally had my heart breaking every other page. I was brought to tears so many times and my heart just ached. This was definitely more a heavy read than a light one, but it is so worth it.
As someone whose family fought against the Nazis in the Netherlands, my great-grandfather was apart of the underground resistance in the Netherlands, I have grown up hearing stories about Nazis and their pure evil motives. I also have been obsessed with learning about anything that has to do with the Holocaust since I was ten, but it honestly has been such a long time since I have read a world war two novel that was set in Germany and it hurts. I think this book hit closer to home for me because rather than it being from a Jew’s perspective or a German citizen’s perspective, it was an American’s citizens perspective. I was able to put myself in both Evelyn’s and Peter’s shoes throughout this whole book. I questioned myself on how I would have acted or behaved if I was in their position. I only pray that I could be as brave as them.
Speaking of Evelyn and Peter, I want to gush about them for a moment. Although I did not relate to Evelyn in hardly any aspects of her character, I loved her strength and stubbornness. If she was anything like me, I don’t think she would have survived all she did and I admire her character because of that. She was such a fun character to follow and though she is not my favorite Sundin lead, she definitely has a special place in my heart.
Now Peter, on the other hand, was such a cinnamon roll. Although he had a little bit of a rocky beginning, I could totally understand where he was coming from. His character development was fabulous!! I cannot begin to tell of how much I loved his character. He was so gentle and so considerate of Evelyn. He never pushed her, he gave her the space she needed even when he was hopelessly in love with her. Ughh, Mrs. Sundin is so good at crafting her male characters, it’s unfair!!
I cannot begin to tell you how much I recommend this book. It is a good reminder of why we need to take a stand in our beliefs and not allow a bully of a tyrant to silent us. Leaders and nations will rise and fall but the truth will stand forever because it comes from God. This book was such a great reminder to me that no matter how crazy times get, I need to stand firm in my beliefs and not be afraid to speak the truth into the darkness. Y’all reading books set during this time are so hard but so worth it. They are a great reminder of why we have to take a stand against tyrants and stand for freedom.
I cannot wait to see what Mrs. Sundin has in store for us next, but I am ready. Although my heart may need a day or two to recover, I am ready for whatever story she has next for us!
*FTC: I received a copy of this book from Revell in exchange for my honest opinion. All thoughts are my own. I was not required to write a postive review.*
About the Author
Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the drama and romance of the World War II era. She is the bestselling author of The Sky Above Us (February 5, 2019) and The Sea Before Us(2018), as well as the Waves of Freedom, Wings of the Nightingale series, and Wings of Glory series. Her novels Through Waters Deep and When Tides Turn were named to Booklist’s “101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years.” Through Waters Deep won the 2016 INSPY Award and was a Carol Award finalist.
A mother of three, Sundin lives in northern California and teaches Sunday school and women’s Bible studies. She enjoys speaking to community, church, and writers’ groups.