Reviewed by April Gardner
Pieces of Silver by
"If Connealy continues with this originality of plot and engaging, rollicking dialogue, she'll be a fast rising star among lovers of historical Christian romances."
For Liesel Bonner, the path to love is strewn with lies, deceit, and treachery. Faced with the awful truth about her longtime friend and confidant, Liesel is forced to choose between protecting and betraying him. How could she have been so blind to his charade?
Oblivious to her distress, the intriguing and handsome federal agent, David de Serre, complicates matters even more when he insists that Liesel choose where her loyalties truly lie.
Just as everything in her life seems to be falling apart, and her trust in those she loves most is faltering, she turns to God for help, finding peace and protection in some unexpected places. In this thrilling tale of threats, betrayal, and love, Liesel is torn between her commitment to her faith, her loyalty to her country, and her desire for love.
~ back cover of Pieces of Silver
In Pieces of Silver, Ms. Lang has pulled the Great War out from under the ash of WWII. She has dusted it off and shown it to her readers in a new light—that of German-Americans torn in their loyalties.
Liesel Bonner is a full-blooded German who would never dream of betraying America, the country of her birth. Yet the man she loves, Josef von Woerner, doesn’t hold the same sentiments. In fact, he is doing everything in his power to impede America in its war against the Fatherland. In short, Josef is a traitor, and poor Liesel sees none of it until federal agent de Serre abruptly spells it out for her.
Having a job as a stenographer, Liesel is considered an up and coming woman of her time. She is described as smart and capable, and so, I was disappointed that she made some rather obvious blunders. Then again, maybe the stress in her life—the war, the realization that her “longtime friend and confidant” is a traitor, the nation-wide persecution against anyone with a German name—simply overwhelmed her ability to think clearly. She is after all a woman and entitled to her due share of emotional inconsistencies.
On the other hand, David de Serre, agent and possible love interest, is 100 percent man. Ms. Lang created a masterpiece with this character. He is level-headed, motivated, committed, and has a one-tracked mind, which works well for him until Liesel enters his world and derails his focus.
I truly enjoyed learning about the Great War, an all but forgotten segment of history. For the length of the novel, Ms. Lang maintains a perfect balance between the history lesson and the story, and I now have a vivid feel for the American bent at the onset of the war.
Pieces of Silver had potential for being a great spy book, which is the direction I presumed the story was heading, but Ms. Lang took a different approach. Feeling let down at first, the last third of the book gave me the action I was hoping for and threw in a twist for good measure.
Is there hope for Josef after all?
April W Gardner writes adult and middle grade historical fiction. Her first novel, Wounded Spirits, releases with Vintage Romance Publishing in November of this year. She is a member of ACFW and reviews for Title Trakk, At Home With Christian Fiction, and FIRST Wild Card Blog Tours. A military spouse, April has performed the art of homemaking all over the world. Currently, she lives in Georgia with her darling Hubby. A homeschool mom, she fills her mornings talking fractions and phonics with her two sweet kiddos. In her free time, April enjoys reading, gardening, and DIY. In no particular order, she dreams of owning a horse, visiting all the national parks, and speaking Italian. Visit April's Website or her blog, A Writer's Journey. You can also get to know April on Facebook and Twitter.