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12 June 2010

Book Review: The Moon Looked Down by Dorothy Garlock


Title: The Moon Looked Down
Author: Dorothy Garlock
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; Reprint edition
Publication Date: March 1, 2010
Paperback: 368 pages
ISBN: 978-0446616089
Genre: Fiction, Romance

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From the Publisher:

The new Americana romance from bestselling author Dorothy Garlock, this time set against the backdrop of WWII.

Sophie Heller's family immigrated from Germany to Victory, a small town in Illinois, before WWII began. Now that the war has affected the town, the townspeople discriminate against Sophie and her family. When a train derails, it is an accident but the Heller family is blamed. Coming to Sophie's rescue is a teacher from the high school, and despite their cultural differences, a romance starts to bloom.


My Review:

All families carry secrets and unfortunately hatred and fear can be found anywhere, including Victory, Illinois, where in the summer of 1942, three young men burn down the Heller family's barn. It does not matter to these young men that the Hellers are now Americans, they only see Germans, and during the height of WWII they want action. The reasons for this and the subsequent reason for the Heller family staying silent and not going to Sheriff Allen Carter eventually are brought to light in The Moon Looked Down by Dorothy Garlock. Secrets, family loyalty, devotion, bigotry, fear, redemption and romance are a few of the key issues covered in Garlock's novel as she introduces her readers to the quiet town of Victory and its inhabitants. The main characters, Sophie Heller and Cole Ambrose, are both strong, but in very different ways. Their strengths compliment each other and keep the story moving along at a nice pace. Garlock descriptively shows the town and the transformation of the inhabitants through the eyes of the Heller family, especially Sophie Heller, the anti-German movement that began with three young men, and Cole Ambrose who returned to Victory with his own unresolved issues. The Moon Looked Down takes a close look at what life may have been like for those who emigrated prior to WWII and how easily ignorance and fear can spread through rumour and supposition. The Moon Looked Down is an enjoyable read and a sweet romance novel interspersed through the historical backdrop of America entering WWII. I would recommend The Moon Looked Down to anyone looking for an engaging romance novel.

About the Author:

Dorothy Garlock is the author of over 50 novels that have sold over 15 million copies and are published in 15 languages. She lives in Iowa.

I received a complimentary copy of The Moon Looked Down by Dorothy Garlock from Hachette. Receiving a free copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned book.

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1 comment:

jewelknits said...

I haven't read many novels set in WWII; however, I've found the historical aspects as interesting as the rest of the story. As always, thank you for a well thought out review of what looks to be a promising book!

Julie @ Knitting and Sundries