Monday, April 28, 2014

Defy The Night Book Review

I have a new thriller from Heather Munn and Lydia Munn called Defy The Night. This is a historical book but also a Young Adult book that you will seriously want to read. I am forever amazed at the people who lived during this time!

In the midst of war, one teenager is determined to make a difference.
If no one will do anything, she'll have to do it herself. 
In 1941 France is still "free." But fifteen-year-old Magali is frustrated by the cruel irony of pretending life is normal when food is rationed, new clothes are a rarity, and most of her friends are refugees. And now the government is actually helping the Nazis. Someone has got to do something, but it seems like no one has the guts—until Paquerette arrives. 
Smuggling refugee children is Paquerette's job. And she asks Magali to help. 
Working with Paquerette is scary and exhausting, but Magali never doubts that it is the right thing to do. Until her brash actions put those she loves in danger.
You can purchase this book on Kregel Publications.
These stories always haunt me because as a little girl, my father was in the Army and we lived for about 6 years in Germany and I belonged to the Brownies & Girl Scouts and back then we did a lot of Field Trips and travelled all over Germany. We got to see some amazing things but we also got to see some terrible things, such as the concentration camps and the ovens. I will never forget the ovens!
And the really bad part was that the Germans still hated the Americans and I happened to be riding my bike one day when a German boy older than me chased me down the street with a baseball bat! So, after that, I rarely left the base unless my parents were with me. But, not all of them were mean, we had some really nice German friends, it was a very eye opening experience.
I don't know if I would have had the courage that these girls had at that time. If they had been caught smuggling these children out, Gosh only knows what might have happened to them all. These girls took the children to what they called the Free Zone where there weren't many soldiers and the ones that were there, were not mean at all.
You really need to read this book and discover that how the young girls accomplished what they did and how they risked their lives to help these children. In spite of the war, some good came out of the darkness that descended upon Europe!
Happy Reading!
About the Authors:
Heather Munn was born in Northern Ireland and grew up in southern France where her parents were missionaries like their parents before them. She has a BA in literature from Wheaton College and now lives in a Christian intentional community in rural Illinois, where she and her husband, Paul, host free spiritual retreats for the poor, especially those transitioning out of homelessness or addiction. When not writing or hosting, she works on the communal farm.  
Lydia Munn, daughter of missionary parents, grew up in Brazil. With husband Jim she has worked in church planting since 1983, notably in St. Etienne, near the small town in the central mountains of France which forms the background of How Huge the Night. She is Heather's mother.

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours.