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May 31, 2014

DEFY THE NIGHT by Heather Munn and Lydia Munn


A Novel
Heather Munn
Lydia Munn

Defy the Night

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (February 1, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825443210
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825443213
(from Amazon)
In the midst of war, one teenager is determined to make a difference
If no one will do anything, she'll have to do it herself.
In 1941 France is still "free." But fifteen-year-old Magali is frustrated by the cruel irony of pretending life is normal when food is rationed, new clothes are a rarity, and most of her friends are refugees. And now the government is actually helping the Nazis. Someone has got to do something, but it seems like no one has the guts—until Paquerette arrives.
Smuggling refugee children is Paquerette's job. And she asks Magali to help.
Working with Paquerette is scary and exhausting, but Magali never doubts that it is the right thing to do. Until her brash actions put those she loves in danger.
The author did a good job of letting you feel like you were there.  You could feel the Nazis closing in and you knew that they would threaten your life, your home and the ones you loved. I could feel the cold of winter as the soldiers had no way to get out of the cold.  It was enough to make you feel cold.   You could smell the stench of the Nazi death camps.  The truth of the book is saddening, but real. The author presented something that I didn't know.  During the first part of the war, children could be removed from the death camps and taken somewhere safe.  The reader hears of all the awful things that happened when the Germans went marched through the land. People felt fear and terror when they knew the Germans were headed their way.
I felt the main character didn't fit the maturity that a 15 or 16 year old should have been.  She was so immature for her age. There were times when the story was rather difficult to follow.  It went from WWII to a story about
 being kind and loving.  To me wartime would be a difficult time to have these feelings.  Here you are, fearing the Germans would arrive to take your life or put you in a death camp, and you're supposed to be kind and forgiving.  I find that difficult.  I know this is a Christian book about war but I found the lessons about  honesty  hard to believe when there were secrets that had to be kept.   Those secrets were kept to save someone.  I just found that switch in the book a little hard to take.
I would recommend this book  to older children who might be interested in the war with the Germans.  I myself just found it a little contradictory. It was a well written book, interesting and I learned a few things. Now that's my own opinion.  If you're interested, grab a copy and gather your own opinion.  It lies in the eyes and mind of the reader.  

I was given a complimentary copy of DEFY THE NIGHT by Heather Munn and Lydia Munn from Kregel Blog Tours for my view of the book.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 3 STARS. 

Heather Munn was born in Northern Ireland and grew up in southern France where her parents were missionaries like their parents before them. She has a BA in literature from Wheaton College and now lives in a Christian intentional community in rural Illinois, where she and her husband, Paul, host free spiritual retreats for the poor, especially those transitioning out of homelessness or addiction. When not writing or hosting, she works on the communal farm.

Lydia Munn, daughter of missionary parents, grew up in Brazil. She received a BA in literature from Wheaton College, and an MA in Bible from Columbia Graduate School of Bible and Missions. With her husband, Jim, she has worked in church planting and Bible teaching since 1983, notably in St. Etienne, near the small town in the central mountains of France which forms the background of How Huge the Night. The Munns now live in Grenoble, France.

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