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Betty is a USO singer sent to Germany to entertain troops. Frank is a photographer that flies over on the same plane. A few sparks at first, turns into a friendship, then a murder brings them even closer as they try to figure out what happened to one of the other singers. There was a drowning that Frank and Betty believe may have been a murder, but everyone else want to shout suicide.
I was not impressed with the relationship between Frank and Brtty either. Secrets. Always with the secrets. And the inner dialogue about those secrets was tiresome. Too many people had over the top reactions to things. Mickie, the manager had a few uncalled for reactions. Then the investigating officer scared the crap out of Frank because they didn't want him claiming it was a murder. They said it was suicide and wanted to leave it like that. They were so insulted that he questioned their investigating technique that they went all gestapo on him and said they'd investigate him for the murder if he didn't back off. Yeah, over the top, especially since one of the officers in the room was a long time friend of Franks, and he never stood up for Frank nor did he apologize for his part.
Then out of the blue, some days later, they inform everyone it may have been murder after all, also without apology for scaring him into silence. All they said was, "Guess you were right". Pffft.
Not my favorite Tricia Goyer book. This seemed a bit unprofessional and parts were not well written, like when an argument between Frank and Betty happened. It felt like it was an add on after the fact, in order to add a little conflict, but didn't fit well with the storyline.
Yeah, not a book I'd recommend.
Betty is on her way to perform in a former opera house. She believes the tunes she sings are God's will for her life, but she's going to have to prove herself. A bumpy plane ride into Germany causes her to second guess herself, but she catches the eye of a young GI, and she hopes to see more of him.
Frank is a combat photographer who has been assigned to the performers. To some, this seems like a step down, but he has another assignment: someone is threatening the singers and he needs to discover if the threat is real. When there's an apparent suicide, it may or may not be related and he needs to discover the truth. He's forced to hide things from Betty, but he wishes he could be honest.
Overall, this book was okay, just not one of my favorites from this author. I didn't feel the suspense, and I didn't understand Frank. He didn't seem like an undercover agent, and that part of his life was never mentioned to Betty. He seemed more worried about her opinion of his education than whether or not his past missions could be a danger to those he loved. The end was also a little strange. The story had potential, I just don't think it got there.
I was impressed with the amount of historical details and the research that was clearly undertaken to write this story. The story has many references to the culture of the time period, which might scare off some readers. I was also pleased to see that Betty and Frank didn't just fall into bed together like some historical romances that I've read; the relationship took its course naturally for the time period. Betty and Frank are both Christians; there are prayers to God within the story, but none of them seem forced.
If you are interested in Christian historical romance, especially set in the World War II era, this is the novel for you.
Exactly who is at the bottom of Kat's disappearance? What does God really want Frank and Betty to do? Can God be trusted in dangerous circumstances?
In the early part of the book, I though the plot lagged a bit, with a little too much dialogue on the history of the opera house. The mystery plot is not exceptionally strong; however, the suspense pulls the reader through the story. I stayed up way to late last night reading "just one more chapter." My one disappointment was I was hoping for a more exciting climax. However, the ending made up for that! Tricia Goyer is an excellent writer who is able to transport readers right into a different era.
*The opinions expressed in this review are my own.*
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