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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Look to the East...Review

About the book:
At the dawn of the First World War, the French provincial village of Briecourt is isolated from the battles, but the century-old feud between the Toussaints and the de Colvilles still rages in the streets. When the German army sweeps in to occupy the town, families on both sides of the feud must work together to protect stragglers caught behind enemy lines. Julitte Toussaint may have been adopted from a faraway island, but she feels the scorn of the de Colvilles as much as anyone born a Toussaint. So when she falls in love with one of the stragglers—a wealthy and handsome Belgian entrepreneur—she knows she’s playing with fire. Charles Lassone hides in the cellar of the Briecourt church, safe from the Germans for the moment. But if he’s discovered, it will bring danger to the entire village and could cost Charles his life. First in a three-book series.

Adopted as a child, young Julitte Toussaint grew up in a small French village. A century-old fued between her family and the deColvilles divides their small town. As World War 1 begins, the Germans invade Briecourt and the villagers hide some refugees. When Julitte falls in love with Charles Lassone, a Belgian trapped behind the German lines, she knows that danger awaits the village if he's discovered. As the war progresses and the Germans become more entrenched in Briecourt, Julitte must rely on her faith in God to see her through.

A simply charming novel, with characters you like and others you don't. Julitte is sweet, her faith is strong. Charles is the hero, returning to rescue the woman he loves, after finding freedom himself. Claudette and her selfishness make you angry and you feel a bit sorry for Ori, even as you distrust her for falling in love with one of the Germans.

A fast, easy read that captures your attention and leaves you anxious for the next book in the series.

Thanks for First Wildcard and Maggie Rowe at Tyndale House Publishers for the opportunity to review this book. You can find out more about Maureen Lang here. You can read the first chapter here. You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 9/09

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4/5 Stars


  1. I happened to see your review of my book Look to the East and just wanted to thank you for your kind words - thanks for a great review, and I'm glad you enjoyed the book!