Just before their B-17 bomber crashes in German-occupied Austria, two of the three remaining crewmen manage to parachute out of the aircraft. Captain Charlie Banks and Corporal Samuel Aldridge find shelter in a barn, where they are discovered by a beautiful young Austrian woman. Despite the danger to herself and her family, Marianne Leichtner decides to help the two Americans. Her courage and character soon win Charlie’s heart.
When the Nazis come to investigate the plane crash, Charlie and Sam must escape through enemy territory. Just steps from freedom, they are captured by Italian fascists. Survival takes on a new meaning for the airmen, and Charlie begins to questions everything, including his faith. Only the hope of seeing Marianne again keeps him going over the long months in prison. But if he survives, will she still care for him? And will Charlie learn to trust in the Lord’s promises?
Melanie Mason is an author, designer, and ight attendant all rolled into one. She graduated from utah State university with a degree in communications. She has told stories all her life and her passion in sharing the plots that spin through her head. She hopes to be on an airplane one day and see someone reading one of her books. Melanie lives in Portland, oregon—with her two dachshund Chihuahua dogs—where the beauty of the Paci c Northwest feeds her imagination, and the rainy winter evenings encourage her to curl up with hot chocolate and a good book.
Melanie’s rst book, The Line That Divides (2014), is a historical romance set against the stunning backdrop of World War II Austria. Her second book, The Ring of Remaliha (2015), is a romantic suspense novel about an archaeologist who must solve the puzzle of an ancient egyptian ring.
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This was a fast-paced and exciting book, beginning to end. It started with a B-17 plane crash after a bombing run and continued through the surviving crew trying to avoid capture by the Nazis only to be captured by the Italians in northern Italy. The author did not hold back telling of details of the suffering and torture to which Captain Charlie Banks and his radio man, Sam Aldridge were subjected to during their captivity. Although there were some dicey scenes, it was written without the profane and vulgar language often found in war stories.
This is a Christian story, although the specific church to which Charlie, his brother Peter, and Sam belong is not spelled out. Yet, like many returned prisoners of war have expressed, it is their faith that keeps them going and helps them to not lose hope. It is their faith as they pay attention and follow promptings that help them preserve their lives and stay confident they will survive and return home.
Marianne was an interesting character, a courageous young woman although she battled post traumatic stress disorder because of earlier experiences in the war. Her romance with Charlie the short time they were together as she helped him right after the crash added a sweet romance element to the story.
I enjoyed this story very much. I enjoyed the action, the romance and the historical detail. I also enjoyed the manner in which faith and hope in God was woven into the story without being preachy. I recommend it to those who enjoy reading suspenseful, action-packed WWII romance.
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