The Sacrifices Of All
The Storm Breaks Forth by Terri Wangard is a marvellous historical novel following the final year of World War I.
Terri Wangard has constructed a powerful tale examining the effects of war on the home-front and at the Front for the German Americans.
Once America entered the war, those of German descent were viewed with suspicion. A witch hunt by some meant that innocent citizens were interred in camps throughout the conflict.
Husbands, brothers and sons were conscripted to fight. The reader witnesses the highs and lows of training before being sent overseas.
France was drowning in mud and stalemate. Battle-lines drawn in 1914 had moved little as young men on both sides were used as cannon fodder. The conditions were awful. The mud, the rats and the lice were easy to visualise due to Terri Wangard’s mighty pen.
It Is Well With My Soul
Roll Back The Clouds by Terri Wangard is a marvellous
Christian historical epic surrounding the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915 off
the coast of Ireland. Terri Wangard has taken the facts and woven a powerful
tale around them.
The hand of God is visible throughout the
novel, even though at times, His presence is questioned. “Where was God?… God
was right there with the passengers and crew.” God never leaves us. If we do
not feel Him, the fault is ours. “You’re never alone. God hears you before you
call.” God knows the desires of our hearts and our prayers.
The novel shows the importance of church. We
need to find a church that functions as Jesus intended. A church where
relationships are built vertically (with God) and horizontally (with each
other). The church was never meant to be a social club but a place where we get
to discover the heart of God, and to care for each other.
Following the sinking, we see the effects on
the characters in the form of nightmares and PTSD, as people are haunted by
Wheresoever They May Be by Terri Wangard is an epic Christian novel covering the war years 1943- 1945. As a historian I really enjoyed reading it. As a reader I loved getting to know the characters.
The novel covers many aspects of the war as it roams from America to Europe to the Pacific. Life on the home front, life in the navy, life in the air force, life for the WAC’s – the reader experiences life on the factory floor, in the skies, on the seas and on the land. Everyone suffers. There are no winners in war. Mothers lose sons on all sides. There is only one constant. “People may let me down… But God is a constant.”
An Epic Story
Soar Like Eagles by Terri Wangard is a Christian historical romance. It is the third book in the Promise For Tomorrow series but can be read as a stand-alone. I did enjoy meeting up with familiar faces from previous novels.
Soar Like Eagles concentrates on navigator Chet and Red Cross girl Carol. Both come from America to England to serve in 1944. The reader follows their fortunes as the action alternates between the two. The reader becomes intimately acquainted with war as the action moves from land to sky, England to mainland Europe. War is futile. Mothers on both sides lose sons and daughters. “It ought to be raining because Heaven is surely weeping.” War is not glorified in the novel. Terri Wangard pulls no punches. She tells it as it is. It is messy. It is hard. It is gruesome.