Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Book Review ~ "Sworn Enemy" by A.L. Sowards

Sworn EnemySworn Enemy by A.L. Sowards
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source: Received from Publisher to Review
Genre: Historical Fiction (WWII with LDS influence)

Book Description: June 1944. As World War II rages, the people of Eastern Europe are hopelessly trapped between two formidable forces: Hitler’s Germany and Stalin’s Soviet Union. In their midst, a band of heroes works to defend against the inevitable Communist takeover.

After narrowly escaping her Nazi captors, French Resistance worker Genevieve Olivier has fled to Allied territory with the help of American Lieutenant Peter Eddy. Their connection is undeniable, forged in the crucible of danger. But despite their blossoming feelings for each other, they must both finish the work they began . . .

In the safety of England, Genevieve hopes to find purpose as a nurse—all the while unaware that the Gestapo still seeks the woman who slipped through their grasp. When she is called upon to resume a life of danger as a French spy, will her desire to prove herself be her downfall?

Recruited by an elite special-ops team intent on thwarting the Nazis, Peter finds himself engaged in a personal battle as well—there is a traitor among his comrades. Deep in the Carpathian Mountains, Peter combats an unknown foe. The stakes are high as he fights to save the lives of his teammates.

They are miles apart, yet as Genevieve and Peter fight for their own survival, they find a common well of strength in their faith—and their determination to be reunited.

My thoughts:  Peter and Genevieve have escaped France during WWII. They have a future of promise ahead of them, but a war that is still in progress. There is duty left to fulfill, their new found relationship must wait.

This is a gripping sequel to Espionage. A.L Sowards writes well and tells her story in a way that kept my attention. I loved her characters. Peter and Genevieve I already knew from the first story and was cheering them from the sidelines as they fought their battles. The unit that Peter becomes a part of for the second book are a likable bunch of men for the most part. They each have their own inner battles and pull together (mostly) in a crisis.

The books are researched well and really helped me to grasp the time period and the war. War in itself is tragic. I loved how the author showed that good people on all sides were called to fight. They had a sense of honor for their countries and rose up when called upon. The war veterans have my deep gratitude and respect.

I would recommend reading the first book Espionage before reading this one. It explains the relationship of the characters and why the Nazi's are so interested in Peter and Genevieve.

About A.L. Sowards:   A little mystery, a little history, a little romance, and a lot of action, adventure, and suspense. Primarily, I write to entertain. I also hope my books will teach readers something new about history or about life. My books are usually set during wartime, so there is some violence, but I keep the language and romance family-friendly. My goal is for my writing to be thrilling, clean, and uplifting.

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