Today’s book review features
Defending My Father’s House by Anne Perreault.
About the Book
“Remember, Petra. The first country Hitler invaded was ours.”
World War II rages, but life must go on. For Petra Heinrich, this means taking charge of what’s left of her family. With her father and older brothers away fighting for their country, she is entrusted with the upkeep of their farm in the sleepy German village. During the day, she struggles with daily chores. At night, she hides in the hayloft while bombs drop all around the farm.
Petra grew up in a devout Christian home, but she has long since hardened her heart to God. However, when she agrees to hide a Jew, Petra’s heart slowly softens.
As she starts to trust that things might be improving, the family receives devastating news. Grief-stricken and vulnerable, Petra’s courage is tested beyond what she can bear.
Things can’t possibly get worse. Or can they?
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Defending My Father’s House by Anne Perreault is the first book in The Liberator series.
I don’t read many World War II novels, but when I do, I enjoy reading ones from unique perspectives, such as the homefront. Defending My Father’s House is a story from the homefront, but the German homefront.
As the story portrays, being German did not make these characters bad guys. War is awful, no matter which side you’re on, especially when you’re a civilian just trying to survive. The author draws from her family background to paint a vivid picture of how hard (to put it mildly) it was to be German, and live in Germany, during the war.
An emotional read, this story touches on so much. I teared up as I felt with the main character, her fear, her devastation, her loss … her struggle to see God when the world fell apart around her. This is not an easy read, but so worth it. I already have my eye on reading the second book in the series.
If you enjoy deeply touching, emotional stories that reach right into the heart, then definitely grab a copy of this book.
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