Yours is the Night
by Amanda Dykes
Published by Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date August 3, 2021
Genres: Action/Adventure, Christian Fiction, Historical Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: France World War I Era - 1914 - 1918
Main Character Ages: 15-18, 18-24
Written for: Adults
A mysterious song in the forest . . .
A discovery in war-torn France . . .
A journey toward hope.
The trenches of the Great War are a shadowed place. Though Platoon Sergeant Matthew Petticrew arrived there with a past long marked by shadow, the realities of battle bring new wounds--carving within him a longing for light, and a resolve to fight for it.
One night, Matthew and his comrades are enraptured by a sound so pure, a voice so ethereal, it offers reprieve--even if only for a moment. Soon, rumors sweep the trenches from others who have heard the lullaby too. "The Angel of Argonne," they call the voice: a mysterious presence who leaves behind wreaths on unmarked graves.
Raised in the wild depths of the Forest of Argonne, Mireilles finds her reclusive world rocked when war crashes into her idyllic home, taking much from her. When Matthew and his two unlikely companions discover Mireilles, they must embark on a journey that will change each of them forever . . . and perhaps, at long last, spark light into the dark.
On the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier comes an emotive tale inspired by the courageous soldiers of World War I.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Words fail to adequately express my riotous emotions while reading Yours is the Night. However, I will attempt to do justice to this hauntingly beautiful tribute to the men who sacrificed so much in the Great War. It is one of the best stories I’ve read.
I could tell from the onset that I was in for a treat. I especially loved Matthew and Captain Truett. They were both broken, humble, and had hearts of gold. Each displayed the noble character that would lay down his life for a friend. Their initial meeting left me breathless and made my heart melt. Joining them were George, the unlikely chaplin, and Henry, the farm boy turned journalist, and Mira, the Angel of the Argonne.
It was hard not to fall for George, even as obnoxious he was. His transformation from attempting to sound holy and pious as he played at being a man of the cloth to a humble man who truly sought a relationship with the Lord was remarkable. And his shock when he discovered he had actually preached a sermon (when he hadn’t even planned on it) was quite humorous! And what a sermon it was!
Mira’s strength in the face of tragedy and loss touched me. Her choice to see good and not evil was quite inspiring. The gifts she gave the soldiers, living and dead, were so beautiful, especially in light of what she had endured!!
While I do get emotional over stories I read, I don’t tend to be much of a weeper. I may get a lump in my throat but seldom experience tears. And while I may giggle or guffaw here or there, I am mostly a quiet reader. However, today I had tears streaming down my face and even had to stop reading at one point because the words became so blurred! And yet, the story is not all sadness. It is infused throughout with hope and light. And George’s misunderstanding after they had all crossed the river had me laughing out loud, uncontrollably, for several minutes!!
My poor husband had to put up with me reading passage after passage to him! Some of the truths were just too good to keep to myself. Especially moving were the lessons about light and darkness – the picture of God piercing the darkness with His light – illustrated in many beautiful ways, including using the humble glowworms the soldiers used to safely light the trenches.
Arresting imagery brought the Argonne Forest to life for me. I could see the trees with their knotholes lined up – looking like a choir. The sights and smells of the trenches with the whistles of incoming missiles filled my senses. The fears and bravery of the soldiers were palpable. The writing held me spellbound!
Readers of historical fiction will want to grab a copy of Yours is the Night and a box (or three) of tissues and find a cozy few hours to savor this marvelous story!