18 February 2014

Quickie Book Review: "Against the Wind" ("Zion Diaries", No. 2)

Authors: Bodie and Brock Thoene
Published: February 1, 2011 by Summerside Press
Synopsis: During World War II, Elisa Murphy and a group of children evacuate London on a lifeboat during German air raids. The sea holds many dangers, and Elisa's heart yearns for her American husband, as well as her children who were sent to the US for safety. When things start looking bleak, will she give up all hope, or remain faithful until the end?

My Review: I usually prefer to read book series in the proper order, but, I did not know this was the second in a series until I finished it. Still, knowing what I did about John and Elisa Murphy, who appeared in the previous Zion stories, helped me to understand this one. The Thoenes write wonderful historical fiction, and, it's books like this that prove their talents. Anyone who has read and enjoyed their other series will definitely like this one.

Content Concerns:
  • Sex: None. 5/5
  • Nudity: None. 5/5
  • Language: None. 5/5
  • Violence: Shootings and bombings are discussed. 3.5/5
  • Drugs: A song mentions "whiskey". 4.5/5
  • Frightening/Intense Scenes: Children die. The whole book centers around World War II and Hitler, which was, by most accounts, a rather unpleasant time in history. 3/5
  • Other: It is mentioned that a woman wants her marriage annulled, and that her wedding was a sham. 4/5

Score: 4/5

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