Defiant Heart by Marty Steere
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Let me begin by saying that it takes a special book to make me lose all track of time, and this is one of those books. As a book reviewer, I sometimes find myself spending too much time figuring out how much more I have to read to finish the book. I didn't find myself doing that very often with this book. Sometimes a chapter ended, and I barely noticed. I was thoroughly engaged with this book at almost every turn, and I found myself thinking more than once that this was the way a historical novel should be written.
Let's get this out of the way. There is some profanity, but until it got closer to the end, it was so minimal I barely noticed. And the bit towards the end could have been much worse than it was because it took place in the army. There were no sex scenes. In fact, the main characters actually remained pure--go figure.
I learned something during the reading of this book, and I always feel that those are the best kinds of historical fiction. I have heard of Japanese and African American prejudice during WWII. I honestly did not know about anti-Semitism, and I was absolutely horrified! Wasn't it bad enough that Hitler was killing the Jews? The injustice they suffered in this country was pretty horrendous.
I loved the little bits of mystery the author inserted into the story. I also loved the romance. And justice was accomplished. You can't know how much that means to me. I have read my share of books where that did not happen! Sometimes I was not as drawn into the war descriptions, but that is a part of the author's world.
So if you like historical fiction, romance, and even a tad bit of mystery, this just might be the book for you.
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
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