Monday, March 22, 2010

Songbird Under a German Moon

It just occurred to me how very many WWII novels I've read lately. A Lot. I love them. And by WWII novels, I include Spanish Civil War novels and Post-War era novels.So, I must like the depression-baby boom era. Except I love the roaring 20s, too. And I got this historical, today, set in the Gilded Age (whatever that is) that I am super excited to read. Which MUST mean I just flat prefer "historicals." And Tricia Goyer is one of my favorite historical writers. (Duh.) (I've also been way enjoying being a voyeur in her recent adoption quest by following her on Twitter, for those that like that adoption thing as much as I do.) Which is why, among other reasons, I gleefully jumped on this blog tour.

Anyhoo, her most recent novel, Songbird Under a German Moon piqued my interest because it is set in occupied Germany and my dad occupied Germany. Cool, huh? Except this is the occupied Germany that still has lots of hidden nazi types and Dad's was the occupied Germany where they sent married guys at the beginning stages of Vietnam. But still.

As usual, Tricia starts the book off with a Can't Put It Down BANG and keeps the tension up for, oh, 330 pages. She has a bad guy, but doesn't reveal anything but his sinister inner thoughts. Well, maybe you'll figure it out, or think you've figured it out, but that doesn't make it any easier to watch your little Songbird put herself in harms way because you won't be sure if it is that person OR when that person will strike, and strike again. And you can't forget the love interest. Because what's a good historical suspense without a little romance, eh?

All in all, it is an intense but fun read. If you're into that kinda thing. And I am.

A bit about the book:
The year is 1945. The war is over and 21-year-old Betty Lake has been invited to Europe to sing in a USO tour for American soldiers who now occupy Hitler's Germany. The first night's performance is a hit. Betty becomes enthralled with the applause, the former Nazi-held mansion they're housed in and the attention of Frank Witt, the US Army Signal Corp Photographer. Yet the next night this songbird is ready to fly the coop when Betty's dear friend, Kat, turns up missing. Betty soon realizes Franks photographs could be the key to finding Kat. Betty and Frank team up against post-war Nazi influences and the two lovebirds' hearts may find the each other.But will they have a chance for their romance to sing? The truth will be revealed under a German moon.

Tricia Goyer is the author of twenty books including From Dust and Ashes, My Life UnScripted, and the children's book, 10 Minutes to Showtime. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. In addition to her novels, Tricia writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like Today's Christian Woman and Focus on the Family. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences, and has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Conventions.  She and her family make their home in the mountains of Montana. Find out more about her and her books at

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