When Twilight Breaks
by Sarah Sundin
Published by Revell
Publication Date February 2, 2021
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance, Action/Adventure
Setting: Germany World War II Era - 1939 - 1946
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Evelyn Brand is an American foreign correspondent determined to prove her worth in a male-dominated profession and to expose the growing tyranny in Nazi Germany. To do so, she must walk a thin line. If she offends the government, she could be expelled from the country--or worse. If she does not report truthfully, she'll betray the oppressed and fail to wake up the folks back home.
Peter Lang is an American graduate student working on his Ph.D. in German. Disillusioned with the chaos in the world due to the Great Depression, he is impressed with the prosperity and order of German society. But when the brutality of the regime hits close, he discovers a far better way to use his contacts within the Nazi party--to feed information to the shrewd reporter he can't get off his mind.
As the world marches relentlessly toward war, Evelyn and Peter are on a collision course with destiny.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
To say I was deeply moved seems so inadequate to describe my experience reading When Twilight Breaks. The characters and the events were fully captivating. Past pains that had shaped Peter’s and Evelyn’s characters and worldview threatened to drive them apart.
Peter and Evelyn saw the events occurring in Germany very differently. Peter saw hope and a strong economy in a time most countries were still struggling to pull themselves out of the Great Depression. Evelyn saw a nation where people feared sharing any opinion contrary to those in power. I loved being able to see why each of them embraced the position they did and felt like I have a clearer understanding of potential reasons the German people were so quick to embrace the ideology of a man I was raised to consider to be the embodiment of evil.
In a time of hope and terror, financial prosperity and bankruptcy of soul, Sundin’s portrayal of the events leading up to Kristallnacht, as she described the atrocities without incorporating gore was riveting. I was on the edge of my seat, wanting to read more while dreading what was likely to come. There was a great balance of suspense and romance.
I really appreciated seeing what it could have been like for a female in the male-dominated field of journalism, specifically foreign correspondents. The things Evelyn had to put up with were atrocious. And yet her female perspective allowed her to make connections and find stories the men were oblivious to. Yay for Evelyn!
When Twilight Breaks is a must-read for all who enjoy Christian fiction.