Ever since I started listening to Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History podcast, specifically his podcasts on WWI, I’ve been interested in all things WWI. From how it started, to the utter horror of trench warfare to the aftermath, it’s 100% fascinating. Hope at Dawn by Stacy Henrie takes a look at another part of WWI – the home front and how Americans dealt with German Americans.
With her brothers away fighting the Great War overseas, Livy Campbell desperately wants to help her family. Her chance comes when she meets a handsome stranger who lands her a job as a teacher in a place far from her parents’ farm. But the war casts a long shadow over the German-American town that Livy now calls home-and the darkness will test everything she thought she knew about family and love . . .
More than anything, Friedrick Wagner wants to be part of his adopted country’s struggle for peace. But when the bitter animosity between Germans and Americans soon turns citizens against newcomers, friend against friend, he will do whatever it takes to protect Livy from the hysteria that grips their town. As tragedy-and dark secrets from the past-threaten their future, Friedrick and Livy have one chance to stand up for what’s right . . . and one chance to fight for their love.
Humanity makes me so sad sometimes and, much like the Japanese internment camps of WWII, it’s a hard reality to look at how Americans treated native born Americans of German ancestry during WWI. I haven’t read much about this part, fiction or non-fiction, so I really enjoyed this story. I really loved Frederick’s character, for his commitment to his family and dealing with unjust prejudice because of who he was born.
Then there’s Livy – spirited, generous and willing to open her heart to what’s right, even when it becomes costly. Written in a way that immediately engages readers and keeps you turning the pages, this is a story that sheds light on hurt, but also on what it looks like to overcome and let love (all kinds) win.
If you’re interested in WWI, I think you’ll like this one!
Have you read many books about WWI? If so, what are some you’d recommend?