A Flute in the Willows by Carole Brown – Review

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A Flute in the Willows by Carole Brown - Review

A Flute in the Willows by Carole Brown – Review

A Flute in the Willows

by Carole Brown

Series: The Spies of World War II #2
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Published by Story and Logic Media Group
Publication Date December 10, 2017
Genres: Historical Fiction
Setting: Ohio World War II Era - 1939 - 1945
Written for: Adults
Pages: 284


Both rebels in their own way, Josie and Jerry Patterson must figure out how to keep the other's love...and keep the German enemy at bay.

She has two loves—her skating and Jerry, her husband. But when he returns home looking like a skeleton trying to return to life, she’s scared. What happened in Germany to change a man so much? Has another woman captured his heart?

Jerry has vowed to let Josie live her own glamorous life...especially after what happened in Germany. But when his wife's life is threatened, Jerry realizes he can’t stand by and do nothing. Jerry has to risk all for the very soul and life of himself—Josie.

These two damaged, rebellious people learn the hard way that leaning on God instead of their own selves and abilities is the only true way to love and happiness.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

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We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.

Psalm 137:2

This is the theme verse of the book, though, in our story, Josie’s harp is a flute, and thus the title. I enjoyed reading the authors thoughts on this and how the name came about.

Seeing the long list of 1940s slang at the beginning, I had a moment of concern that it was going to be overused in the book, but happily discovered that the terms were discretely sprinkled through the story in a way that seemed natural and added to the historical feeling.

The plot was interesting, starting with Jerry parachuting into Germany to steal State secrets. His daring escape and the tragedy that ensued made for a good beginning and set the stage well for the rest of the story. Having the bulk of the story take place in Cincinnati, of all places, was a nice touch, as I don’t normally think about the battle that was fought here on our shores during World War II.

Jerry and Josie both had encounters with God in the book that were more hinted at, not overt. I would consider this story more Inspirational Fiction than Christian Fiction.

It felt like some of the issues were not really resolved, and a few things didn’t get explained in such a way that made sense. There were some turns of phrases that were awkward, but not so much to make me dislike the book. Overall, though, I did like the book and am glad I read it.

As the second book in the series, there were allusions to events from the first book, With Music in Their Hearts, including the fact that Jerry and Josie had eloped. While it was not entirely necessary to read both books, I recommend that these books be read together.

How Great is Our God! By Carole Brown

And the peace of God which passes all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

It seems everywhere you turn today, the world is a mess. I try to keep up with current events, but sometimes I find myself pulling back away from it all. The enemy of us all would drown us in disbelief, doubt and worry if we would allow it. I find my spirit beginning to flounder in that sea of distress and must needs revive it with the good things of God.

In my newest WWII Spies series, in book two, both Jerry and Josie Patterson are rebellious, self-centered people. Neither has given much thought to God, and both have gone gung-ho after their own pleasures and desires.

  • Jerry not only suffers a serious physical injury, but his spirit is troubled over actions taken as a spy in Germany. Guilt over the death of a sweet woman, guilt over all the deceit he needed to use, guilt over the temptations that knocked, and though he didn’t give in to them, nevertheless, troubles his mind and soul. Who do you turn to when you have no God in your life?
  • Josie, filled with elaborate plans on becoming an Olympic participant once the horror of war is over, ignores all the people in her life—except when it’s convenient for her to use them. All that matters is attaining her goal and Jerry. Running roughshod over all others, forgiving and forbearing as they are, is her usual ploy in getting what she wants. So who do you turn to when all your dreams turn to ashes?

It’s only after each one of them receive a severe injury that prevent them from doing what they want, only when they think they’ve lost the other, that they begin to listen to what God is teaching them.

Isn’t that so in our own lives? Many times we go headstrong toward our goals, without prayer or definite assurance from God that it’s what he wants for us. It seems a good thing, beneficial, and desirable so it must be good for us, right?

God is so great, so faithful, so loving in pulling us back, in teaching us that He is our all in all. Our strength in times of deep distress and trial, our anchor when the storms of life are blowing us off course, our shield when others would hurt or wound our spirits…our peace through it all.

May we, like Josie and Jerry, learn that our God IS a great God. We need have no fear; he does not fail.

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To celebrate her tour, Carole is giving away a grand prize of a canvas flowered/musical tote, a pink “All Things are Possible” journal, and a copy of A Flute in the Willows (winners choice of print or ebook)!!

Click below to enter. Be sure to comment on this post before you enter to claim 9 extra entries! https://promosimple.com/ps/c9e2

About Carole Brown

Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. An author of ten books, she loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?

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4 responses to “A Flute in the Willows by Carole Brown – Review

  1. Kay Garrett

    Thank you for the review and information on “A Flute in the Willows” by Carole Brown as well as being part of the book tour.

    I have this book on my TBR list and would love the opportunity to read it.
    2clowns at arkansas dot net