Oh I enjoyed this book so much. Of course, I love the Thoene's writing its so historically accurate. Being a WWII child - hearing my parents talk just brought this story to life. Highly recommended!
Quite possibly the two greatest driving forces in the universe, Brock and Boede Thoene write a version of fiction so real, it makes me want to go down to the library and search for the characters names in the microfisched newspapers. I've been reading their work since I was twelve and I get more and more out of each book every time I read them. This book is a true portrait of struggle with subtle but deeply embedded overtones of faith. The Twilight of Courage is one of brightest stars in my library and a magnificent read.
The Thoenes spent four months on a barge in Paris, with assistants, researching this work. They asked elderly Parisians this question: Where were you the day France fell? Seemed they all had a story. From those stories came this book.That's what I love about the Thoenes' work. Winston Churchill said something about hinges, that isn't interesting upon what small hinges events turn. The Thoenes seek out those hinges and give them a rightful place by recording them. Fact couched in fiction? Sometimes that's the only way a story can be told. That it is told at all is the only thing that matters. From Marcus Aurelius..."Look beneath the surface; let not the quality of a thing nor its worth escape thee..."
Fantastic historical background for the rest of their books. A must read for total understanding of the setting and times that the Thoenes write about.
This is a wonderful novel that has WWII history and a very good story. Loved it and it's one of their best books
Historical fiction at its best. Thoroughly researched, meticulously detailed. Reading it creates incredible empathy for the characters b/c it is as if you are experiencing the horrors of Hitler's invasion of Luxemborg, Belgiam, and France through the narrative. I usually race through fiction, but I read this one slowly b/c I didn't want it to end! Oh, and the little bit of romance included in the book is not sappy or surupy, for which I am grateful.
This is one of my favorite books ever. The only reason I am getting rid of it is because I have two of them. It is about WWII.
This is a war story, love story and spy story wrapped up into one during WWII.
Well written and characters were well integrated. Well done for a very complex story.