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Publisher's Summary

When the war finally ended in May 1945, Lieutenant Danny McClain made good on his promise to come back for Anya in Holland. He expected her to put up a fight but instead found her exhausted and utterly broken. Maybe it was unfair, asking her to marry him when she was so vulnerable. But this much he knew: He would spend a lifetime helping to make her whole again.

The war had taken everything from Anya - her family, her friends, her home, her faith. She clung to the walls she'd fortressed around her heart, but what future did she have apart from Danny? At least she wouldn't be alone anymore. Or so she thought. When the American troops demobilize, Danny is sent home, forced to leave Anya behind in England. There she must wait with the other 70,000 war brides for passage to America. As England picks up the pieces of the war's debris in the months that follow, Anya shares a flat with three other war brides in London and rediscovers the healing bond of friendships.

Once again Danny and Anya find themselves oceans apart, their marriage confined to little more than the handwritten pages of their letters while wondering if the shadow of war will ever diminish.

©2015 Diane Moody (P)2016 Tantor

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Wonderful! Faith filled, Important, historic and real!!!

Love, love, loved this two book series.. Supremely well written, capturing many of the hardships and overcomings of WWII.

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Wonderful Story!

Could not put it down. Wonderful story! So well written. Loved the characters they are so real I feel they are family! You'll cry, laugh, love and grow in faith.

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Just Okay

Struggled to finish this one. I enjoyed the first book, Of Windmills and War. But this isn't as good. Very predictable.

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Beyond the Shadow

Very enjoyable and I am sure that I will re-read it again. I loved all of the characters and the way the author skillfully wove two countries together from England to America creating a beautiful story.

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I liked the book, but found the whole description of the World Series lengthy and boring. The performance was just ok - it took time to get used to the narrator.

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Good writing leavened with too much Jesus juice!

The writer can spin a yarn., alright. The first volume sucked me right in. But the second whipped in a fatal dose of Mom and apple pie. Throw on several layers too sweet carrot cake with too much sugary sweet icing and the ick factor becomes overbearing. Can’t finish this series!!

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More of a love story than previous

Very good story, if you’re a love story person. The brilliant Dutch/French resistance essence is just not there as it was in the original. But still, I enjoyed. Thank you!

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Good read.

I enjoyed this book and didn't want it to end . Can't wait to read the third. Definitely enjoyed the book and can't wait to start the third book in this trilogy! 🐘

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This is far from the type of book I listen to or read However I stumbled across it quite by accident i’m glad to say Good insight on what it was like for some during the war Characters were life like The narrator did a really good job and the story was not only realistic but also hopeful it’s always difficult to write a review when you don’t want to give away too much it’s a good read that’s all I can say and as I usually read historical or fantasy books then what can I say this has a higher rating than I would’ve rated most other books I’ve read Good job

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I couldn’t listen to this book. The narrator has a nasal sound at the end of each word I found off putting.