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Eye of the Storm (The Storm Series, Book 2)
By: Janice L. Dick
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction
Imagine being in Crimea in 1917 and your country is being turned upside down by political unrest. The Hildebrandt family were Mennonites who were committed to family and God. But, things were changing all around them.
I wish that I had read Book 1 to understand the first part of the story, as it would have helped me to jump right in to Book 2. But, starting with Book 2 was a little tough with all the unfamiliar history and Russian names. If you are a lover of Russian history, like my daughter-in-law, you’ll really understand it.
The story centers around Katarina Hildebrandt and Johann Sudermann and all their experiences as battles and wars raged around them. During this time the Russian Tsar and his family are removed and then comes the rise of leaders such as Lenin and the Red and White Armies. Some characters in the book are taking sides and making alliances, most of which are bad.
But, the main characters try to stay true to their beliefs. They won’t fight in the war, but some serve in the medical unit, trying to do their part without using weapons. This isn’t a popular opinion with many in their community because many people were being terrorized by bandits and roaming soldiers.
Throughout the book are many inner battles inside the mind and heart. The terrible things that they must endure causes Katarina’s faith to be tested. There are good portrayals of sinners coming to faith in God. And, most of all, will their beliefs withstand the evil that has become normal?
This is a book heavy on historical events. The Christian theme grows throughout the book and becomes the most important part of the story.
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