Hello lovelies! I have such a special feature for you today! Some new friends I have made in the past months have been publishing their books! I am so excited this week for Jesseca Wheaton! I was privileged to read her lovely book and I was in love at first read! It was such a perfect time to read it too, because I had just finished a World War 2 Autobiography set in France, so this was even more real for me!
About the Book:
A man. A child. A war.
When German soldiers invade France during World War II, young Joyanna’s perfect world is shattered. In the hands of those who hate her, she battles to comprehend why people can be so ruthless and cold toward those whom they have never met.
David Sullivan, pilot in the Royal Air Force, was certain he would never hate, but a painful loss forces him to either reconsider or do the inconceivable—forgive. He is suddenly challenged by the realization that doing God’s will is not easy, but most important. With the lives of freedom-fighters relying on him, he must learn the difficult lesson that he is not in control, but merely one who must surrender his heart of obedience to One greater.
A sudden turn of events lands Joyanna and David in the same country—but for far different reasons. When their paths cross, David finds he must make a decision that will affect them both for the rest of their lives.
Will he choose vengeance, or will he let his life be ruled by a higher standard? A standard of Honor.
This book! WOW!
I love historical fiction. There is something special about exploring the worlds of times past through the eyes of characters. And Jesseca’s characters are amazing. There was such depth and such beauty of human feeling behind each character! I can’t pick a favorite, though, David, Gil, Micah and Joyanna rate very high in my “characters to love” list. OH! and Lily. I appreciated the real life struggle that went on in David’s head throughout the book, making me understand, drawing me into sympathy and truly empathizing with the character. Joyanna was a joy! LOL! Her sass, but her sweetness and her precocious spirit made me want to scoop her into a hug when things didn’t go her way or she was hurt. Look out! Mama bear coming through! I am talking to you Erich. *glares at character* Speaking of Erich, I don’t want to give anything away, but give me a two-by-four to hit that guy with.
The story itself was so awesome! I was enthralled by it’s twists and turns and the realization that Jesseca did copious amounts of research for the story made it even more awesome. The fact that American pilots did indeed leave America to fight for the English and the fact that there were many German spies sent to England made it even more special. I read this book in a record less-than-24-hour timespan. Which says a lot right there! I just had to finish it and find out what happened to everyone. Again, I don’t want to give anything away, but I was so upset at one point that I was literally crying tears of empathy with the characters. Well done Jesseca!
Another thing that I love about this book, is that it is written in such a style that I think anyone 13 and up would be able to read it with enjoyment. Often times, war books can be a bit much for younger readers, but I am so excited and comfortable about handing this book off to my younger teen sister. I think she will really enjoy it, and the content isn’t too graphic, while still being realistic.
There was also enough intrigue left at the end of the story that made me look forward to book 2. Um, please hurry up and write it Jesseca! I sure hope Erich makes an appearance, because his story doesn’t seem finished yet. I also can’t wait to add this to my ever-growing library!
So there you have it! My thoughts on this lovely book!
Jesseca is an 18-year old daughter, sister, and a child of God. Her days are spent reading, cooking, spending time with siblings, or playing piano. And writing, of course! At an early age words fascinated her, and her love for the printed page has only grown. She lives with her parents and seven siblings in the sunny state of Kansas, and she’s convinced there’s no place like home.
Be sure to stay tuned for me to interview Jesseca on Saturday!
By God’s Grace,