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Yours is the Night by Amanda Dykes.
Private Matthew Petticrew arrives in France as part of the American Expeditionary Forces, an arrival which a war-weary France desperately hopes will help to end the turmoil. Having faced unthinkable things on the front, he is captivated by the sound of a lullaby, sung by a voice so pure he knows he must have imagined it. But rumors sweep through the trenches like wildfire, dubbing the voice “The Angel of Argonne,” a mysterious presence who leaves behind wreaths on unmarked graves and footprints in the war-pocked soil.
Raised wild in the depths of the Forest of Argonne, France, Mireilles finds her world rocked when war comes crashing into the idyllic home she has always known, taking much from her. When Matthew discovers Mireilles, three things are clear: She is alone in the world, she cannot stay, and he and his two unlikely companions might be the only ones who can get her to safety.
The Author of my life gave me a heart full of words. They tumble around in there, changing and moving and learning, until I set them loose with ink on paper and learn some more. Out they pour: sometimes it’s story, sometimes a simple revelation. As I make a home for them here, my hope is to invite you in, sit a bit with you and–yet again–continue to learn as we visit, as we draw near to Jesus together.
From Author Website
Amanda Dykes is a must-read author of mine. Her stories are poignant and sweet and touching and incredible. Yours is the Night is her latest release. It’s a bit different from the past two in that it’s not a split time story. Instead, it follows a group of soldiers as they escort a young lady from the battlefield to Paris during World War 1. It is also a touching tribute to the Tomb of the Unknown Solider on the 100th Anniversary of it’s dedication.
This book is so good, I truly have no words for it. I’ve put off writing this review, hoping time would cause my thoughts to congeal. They haven’t. Yours is the Night is not a lighthearted tale, yet it brims with hope. It is intense and dark and full of pain, and yet overflowing with romance and love and friendship. Brotherhood. It is a deep story. A wonderful story. And yes, it will make you cry. But it is because of that very reason that I highly recommend you read this book.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with FTC guidelines.
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