Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Book Review - A CITY OF BROKEN GLASS by Rebecca Cantrell

A Hannah Vogel Novel

By Rebecca Cantrell

Author Website

About The Book:
Journalist Hannah Vogel is in Poland with her son Anton to cover the 1938 St. Martin festival when she hears that 12,000 Polish Jews have been deported from Germany. Hannah drops everything to get the story on the refugees, and walks directly into danger.

Kidnapped by the SS, and driven across the German border, Hannah is rescued by Anton and her lover, Lars Lang, who she had presumed dead two years before. Hannah doesn’t know if she can trust Lars again, with her heart or with her life, but she has little choice. Injured in the escape attempt and wanted by the Gestapo, Hannah and Anton are trapped with Lars in Berlin. While Hannah works on an exit strategy, she helps to search for Ruth, the missing toddler of her Jewish friend Paul, who was disappeared during the deportation.

Trapped in Nazi Germany with her son just days before Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, Hannah knows the dangers of staying any longer than needed. But she can’t turn her back on this one little girl, even if it plunges her and her family into danger.

Lynda's Review:
Well, Hannah is in peril again, which is the driving force of this series. We've come to expect that, though, since she's certainly a character that rushes-in-where-angels-fear-to-tread. I enjoyed getting to know her 13 year-old son, Anton, better. He plays a fairly large secondary character part in the story. And as a daring teenager, I could certainly see traces of his mother's personality, fearless and tenacious.

Nazi Germany sets up it's own particular danger and intrigue as it has in past books. Trapped behind enemy lines, as it were, in search of a missing child, Hannah finds herself depending on Lars Lang, a man who she thought had betrayed her two years earlier, or at the very least had gotten himself killed. He's very much alive, however, and so are their strong emotions and marital bond. None of this sets well with Hannah and there are some rough moments for these two lovers.

The story builds and maintains it's intensity throughout. I don't think any of Rebecca Cantrell's readers will be disappointed with this book. I'm giving it Four Stars!


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