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Hope at Dawn (Of Love and War series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Stacy Henrie
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Book Description


With her brothers away fighting the Great War overseas, Livy Campbell desperately wants to help her family. Her chance comes when she meets a handsome stranger who lands her a job as a teacher in a place far from her parents' farm. But the war casts a long shadow over the German-American town that Livy now calls home-and the darkness will test everything she thought she knew about family and love . . .

More than anything, Friedrick Wagner wants to be part of his adopted country's struggle for peace. But when the bitter animosity between Germans and Americans soon turns citizens against newcomers, friend against friend, he will do whatever it takes to protect Livy from the hysteria that grips their town. As tragedy-and dark secrets from the past-threaten their future, Friedrick and Livy have one chance to stand up for what's right . . . and one chance to fight for their love.

Editorial Reviews


"Readers seeking enlightening historical detail or a comforting story in which faith and rectitude overcome bigotry will be entertained." - Publishers Weekly

"I very much enjoyed the book because of the subject matter and because of the way it was written." -  Night Owl Reviews

"The author magnificently captures the Zeitgeist, the spirit of the time, how people really thought and behaved in that era, and how prejudice affects every life it touches...HOPE AT DAWN was a wonderful discovery ... I highly recommend it."—Fresh Fiction

"I loved this book."—Night Owl Romance

About the Author

Stacy Henrie has always had an avid appetite for history, fiction and chocolate. She earned her B.A. in public relations from Brigham Young University and worked in communications before turning her attentions to raising a family and writing inspirational historical romances. Wife of an entrepreneur husband and a stay-at-home mom to three, Stacy loves the chance to live out history through her fictional characters, while enjoying the modern conveniences of life in the 21st century. In addition to author, she is a reader, a road trip enthusiast and a novice interior decorator.

Product Details

  • File Size: 641 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1455598801
  • Publisher: Forever (June 24, 2014)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,395 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Melanie
Format:Kindle Edition
Hope At Dawn was a great read. I really liked the history and that this book was set during WWI (I haven't read many books in this time period).

The writing was fantastic. I really felt for the characters and all they had to go through - especially Friedrick. The romance story was sweet and I liked how the ending had closure.

Overall, I loved Hope At Dawn. The story moved at a slower pace, but I still loved it. A great book that made me learn new things about WWI and what life was like back then. I definitely recommend this book and I'm looking forward to this author's next book!

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling read June 28, 2014
By PSusan
Format:Kindle Edition
Hope at Dawn is a story with endearing characters and a realistic WWI plot that that takes place in America. Stacy Henrie does a marvelous job giving us a snapshot of the bias faced by German Americans during this time. I could understand Livy’s first views since they would have probably mirrored my own if I had brothers fighting in the war. However, without being preachy, she has shown us the prejudices we have that need to be changed. As a German American, Fredrick is a true hero even if he is unable to fight for his country by his actions here at home.
The story line is realistic, I really like how history is woven into it. The characters have depth and bit by bit more of their complexity is revealed. Which leads to their romance, I liked how it progressed, distrust to friendship to love. It seemed to be the logical steps that they would have taken.
The writing was stunning in that it was as if I was seeing and experiencing these places and happenings. In a nutshell it is a wonderfully written book with a timeless theme by means of a WWI backdrop.
Copy provided by NetGalley for an honest review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Livy put her dreams of being a teacher on hold when she leaves college to help her parents with the family farm. Her older brothers are overseas fighting in World War I. She feels a little stifled by her circumstances, so when she hears of a teaching position in a nearby town she jumps at the chance. She quickly finds herself in uncharted waters as she embarks to teach German-American children in a town with a large German-American population. These citizens face prejudice every day. They are not allowed to speak their native language in public. Their businesses are marked and left to flounder without customers. Their loyalty and patriotism is constantly questioned, and they are abused and bullied by the local mob under the guise of the “vigilance committee”. Livy feels both sides of the discrimination, and she must be very careful what she says and does lest she be branded a German sympathizer. Friedrich is the right age to be a soldier, but he has a farm deferment from the military in order to care for his dying father and family. He struggles with guilt, feeling he is not doing his part in the war effort. He quickly falls for Livy, and when she nurses him back to health from the Spanish Flu they develop a bond beyond friendship. Thus the stage is set for an against-all-odds romance.

Ms. Henrie does an excellent job of weaving historically accurate facts with fiction. It is obvious that she did extensive research on World War I and the atmosphere in America in 1918. She tackles an often overlooked perspective of the era.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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"Hope at Dawn" is a well written and touching story that centers on American life during World War I.

Though this is a fictional account, I do believe that the hateful and mean conversations and behaviors depicted in the story are fairly accurate. In times of war people tend to doubt their neighbors and co-workers if they are of foreign descent. Why this happens I am not sure. In most instances the people being shunned are American born descendants of immigrants and are as patriotic if not more so.

This particular story centers around a young American woman, Livy Campbell. Livy left college to return home to Hilden, Iowa where her parents have a farm. She gave up her dream of obtaining a degree so she could have a career as a school teacher. Her 2 older brothers were somewhere in France helping the fight against Germany invasion. Her parents needed her to help on the farm until the younger children were old enough to help out. The man Livy was hoping to marry has returned home after a serious injury and has been drinking himself into a stupor.

At a local dance she meets Friedrick Wagner an American born German. He tells Livy about an opening at the school in a nearby town and encourages her to apply. Livy talks to her parents and with their blessing she applies and is hired. It isn't until then that she finds out that she will be teaching at a local school in a German neighborhood. The Mayor of Iowa has recently declared a ban for anyone to speak German in public and the former schoolteacher was arrested as a spy and is in prison.

Livy and Friedrick find themselves fighting against an instant attraction to each other despite the discrimination Livy and Friedrick will suffer. I enjoyed reading this story of forbidden love in times of war and recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good Historical/Romance story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Of Love and War #1: Romance and Realities..
Captured by the evocative cover,
I was pleased to discover content offered as captivating a story. Read more
Published 3 months ago by st
3.0 out of 5 stars It is a great book but should never have been sold
It is a great book but should never have been sold. It was an advance copy book and has right on it that it should not be sold. Someone didn't look.
Published 3 months ago by Julie Merkley
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful historical romance!
Hope at Dawn is a very well written historical romance that take place during the time of WWI. It presents the view of the Germans who were living in America at the time, and how... Read more
Published 5 months ago by K. Westrope
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable read of the forbidden love
A touching and heartwarming account of American life in World War I. The author tells a wonderful story about forbidden love. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Cyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Of Love and War
Livy Campbell is very aware of the strain the war has brought to her family. If only she could find a teaching position. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars A good story that stays with you...
Hope at Dawn is a historical fiction set in Iowa in 1918, during World War I where in certain areas it was very nearly seen as a crime to be of German descent. Read more
Published 8 months ago by TerriAnn
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Historical Christian Romance set during WWI
4.5 Stars!!! This story takes place during WWI, a time period I haven’t read too many books set in. It seems many authors prefer to write about WWII for whatever reasons. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Not just a good read - a great read!
I was so excited for this book to come out and was not disappointed when I read it. It was a great story set in a time period that is often overlooked in the shadow of WWII. Read more
Published 8 months ago by BK
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Historical Read!
* I received this novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review *

Thank you Ms. Henrie and NetGalley. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Sasha Hibbs
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved the author's writing as well as her approach to ...
I loved the author's writing as well as her approach to the bias' from both sides of peoples emotions during wars. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Cynthia K. Manwaring
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More About the Author

Stacy Henrie has always had an avid appetite for history, fiction and chocolate. While she had a goal to write and publish a book one day, she turned her attentions first to graduating with a bachelor's degree in public relations. Not long after, she switched from writing press releases and newsletters to writing inspirational historical romances as a stay-at-home mom. Stacy loves reading, interior decorating, romantic movies, and most of all, laughing with her husband and three kids. She appreciates the chance to live out history through her characters, while enjoying all the modern conveniences of life in the 21st century.

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