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Songbird Under a German Moon [Kindle Edition]

Tricia Goyer
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Book Description

The year is 1945. The war is over and 21-year-old Betty Lake has been invited to Europe to sing in a USO tour for American soldiers who now occupy Hitler's Germany. The first night's performance is a hit. Betty becomes enthralled with the applause, the former Nazi-held mansion they're housed in and the attention of Frank Witt, the US Army Signal Corps Photographer. Yet the next night this songbird is ready to fly the coop when Betty's dear friend, Kat, turns up missing. Betty soon realizes Frank's photographs could be the key to finding Kat. Betty and Frank team up against post-war Nazi influences and the two lovebirds' hearts may find the each other. But will they have a chance for their romance to sing? The truth will be revealed under a German moon.

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About the Author

Tricia Goyer is an award-winning author of twelve novels, more than 300 articles and six nonfiction books. In researching for her WWII novels, Tricia has interviewed over one hundred veterans and service women
involved in support efforts. She has also traveled to Germany, the Czech Republic, and Austria for research. She lives with her husband and three children in Kalispell, Montana.

Product Details

  • File Size: 457 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Summerside; First Edition edition (June 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00564OP1U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #534,846 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yet Another Great One! March 22, 2010
As usual, Tricia starts the book off with a Can't Put It Down BANG and keeps the tension up for, oh, 330 pages. She has multiple points of view, including the bad guy, but doesn't reveal anything but his sinister inner thoughts so you'll have to keep guessing. Well, maybe you'll figure it out, or think you've figured it out, but that doesn't make it any easier to watch your little Songbird put herself in harms way because you won't be sure if it is that person OR when that person will strike, and strike again. And you can't forget the love interest. If, indeed, this guy is on the up and up. Because what's a good historical suspense without a little romance, eh?

All in all, it is an intense but fun read. If you're into that kinda thing. And I am.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
There were certain things I enjoyed about this book and other things that I didn't like as much. I loved the era the whole idea of the American soldiers set in occupied Germany following the war. I also liked how the soldiers received entertainment from some pretty talented singers as a core part of the plot with the creepy Wagner music theme and Hitler's obsession with Wagner's music as a backdrop. That was fun and interesting. Then the story hit a slow spot and I lost interest.

When I picked it up again and started to get back into the story I enjoyed the rest. However, there was something that didn't set right with me. I think maybe it was that I didn't feel fully immersed in the setting and wasn't fully invested in the story itself. The relationship between Betty and Frank seemed a bit artificial to me and their one argument was almost plastic, so I wasn't feeling the tension. That's the best way I can describe my perception. However, overall it was a good story. Not typical Goyer WWII fiction, though, which I've always found enthralling. Maybe that was one of the things that didn't work for me. Regardless, if you enjoy a historical mystery where someone is bent on destruction and there are some amateur sleuths trying to save the day, you should enjoy this story.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great novel, set during WWII May 24, 2010
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I really liked Songbird Under a German Moon. Full of intrigue and suspense, the book captured my attention from the very beginning.

Betty's story - and the struggle she encountered as she tried to find her own identity in the midst of post-World War II helped make this story "real."

As the story develops, we learn more about how Betty came to be in Germany at the end of World War II through lies and deceit.

We also see how lies and deceit led to the events surrounding Kat's disappearance.

Without giving anything away (no spoilers here!), the story lives up to it's name and ends with a "song" - after Betty and Frank learn several life lessons, and of course, solve the mystery.

If you love World War II, and suspense, then this book is definitely for you!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars POW March 2, 2010
My husband's father was a POW in WWII. As I read Tricia Goyer's Songbird Under a German Moon, I hoped my dear father-in-law would have someone like the main character of the book (Betty Lake) to lift his spirits.

Ms Goyer is a gifted writer and has a refreshing writing style. You actually get the feeling you are there and know her characters personally. If you know someone, who loves WWII stories, you must get them this book. They will love it!

I highly recommend this book. You will enjoy it immensely!

Dixie Phillips
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing Mystery April 12, 2010
Thanks to Summerside Press for a review copy of this book. I love the way Tricia Goyer helps me learn about history as she sweeps me into her intriguing stories; this one's set in 1945 after World War II is over. I immediately care about the main characters Songbird, alias Betty Lake, a singer for the occupied troops in Germany, and Frank Witt, a combat photographer, who meet on a plane ride to their new assignments. Tricia Goyer shows the aftermath and destruction of a city and pulse of the community through these character's eyes. Loved it!!

Betty is thrilled about this opportunity, but Frank thinks there's been a mistake on his assignment. He takes pictures of combat scenes, not show girls. Although, when he learns that Betty is in the show, his attitude starts to soften. He needs to win Betty's cooperation in order for them to work together to solve a mystery, in the hopes of saving thousands of lives.

I was fascinated by the setting of this book. I wondered if these places were real, what they looked like; so I googled them and here's what I discovered. Beautiful pictures of Festspielhaus in Bayreuth showed up on the web. It's a real theater built specifically for operas by composer Richard Wagner. He also constructed a home nearby called Villa Wahnfried--where the USO singers in Tricia Goyer's story stayed. I googled Richard Wagner and discovered some scary stuff the author refers to in this book about Hitler drawing inspiration from this composer's music. Tricia doesn't bog you down with an overwhelming amount of historical facts, but alludes to them through the characters and what people were concerned about back then after Hitler's death.

This is not the first book by Tricia Goyer I've enjoyed and learned from.
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Published 3 months ago by Rachel Woodmansey
2.0 out of 5 stars Immature subject matter
This book.sould have been classified as YA for a young adult. Did not have any real suspense to hold my interest
Published 4 months ago by I truly enjoyed this story of a family with all their joys and sorrows. I would have liked spending
5.0 out of 5 stars This was another great read from Tricia Goyer
"Songbird Under a German Moon" starts out with a heart-pounding action as the plane ferrying Betty, a bunch of soldiers, and a handsome photographer has trouble on their... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Michelle A
4.0 out of 5 stars Lingering emotions
The end of the war was not really the end. Feelings ran high on all sides. It was a new world for all involved. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jenny Carlisle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story
I'm not one to read suspense and intrigue usually, but this book may change my mind. Very well written and kept me reading as fast as I could. Really enjoyable. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Barbara
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
nice story
Published 8 months ago by Lucia
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
For anyone looking for a clean romantic novel this is a great story! I would recommend to young and old alike.
Published 10 months ago by Sonja L Tate
4.0 out of 5 stars dramatic fiction to interest romance readers
Songbird Under a German Moon by Tricia Goyer is set in the post WWII years in Germany. The story begins in a noisy twin engine airplane that is transporting Betty – a... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Lynn A. Davidson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, clean mystery
This is a clean mystery. It was an easy read for when I was on vacation and wanted to relax.
Published 12 months ago by cherriesandcreme
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this
This story grabbed me from the first page. I love learning bits of history, tucked in among the characters' stories. My only wish is that the prologue had been left out. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Marti C
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Tricia Goyer is a homeschooling mom of six, grandmother of two, and wife to John. A bestselling author, Tricia has published 50 books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee. Tricia is also on the blogging team at, and other homeschooling and Christian sites.

Tricia volunteers around her community and mentors teen moms. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, AR. Tricia, along with a group of friends, also blog at, sharing ideas about simplifying life.

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