Monday, March 7, 2011

Book Review: Springtime of the Spirit by Maureen Lang and book giveaway

by Narelle Atkins

Springtime of the Spirit (Tyndale 2011) is the third book in Maureen Lang’s The Great War series. A spirited and poignant love story set in Germany in 1918 during the politically turbulent months following the end of the First World War.

Annaliese Duray is from a wealthy family who live in a small town outside Munich, and her capitalist father has benefited financially from the war by building weapons in his factory. After the death of her beloved sister and Germany’s crushing defeat by the Allies, Annaliese runs away from her family. She disappears in Munich, determined to help create a better future for Germany.

The socialist revolution, arising during a time of high unemployment and food shortages, brings Eisner to power and Annaliese joins the socialist party. Within weeks she becomes a political voice for the rights of women. Keeping her privileged background a secret, she speaks passionately in the streets to the working class crowds, espousing socialist values of equality and the evils of capitalism.

Christophe Brecht is a disillusioned Major from the German Army who returns from France to discover his homeland has been changed by the war. He finds his family’s home abandoned and a note from his sister. His brother died fighting in the war, his parent’s are now deceased and his sister has moved to America.

Annaliese’s older sister, Giselle, was Christophe’s first love. After learning of Giselle’s death, he visits her heartbroken parents. They enlist his help in finding Annaliese in Munich and bringing her home before they leave Germany and move to America.

A fascinating story unfolds as Christophe finds Annaliese and tries to convince her to return home with him and reconcile with her parents. Annaliese has rejected her childhood faith and, as the political upheaval and danger intensifies around them, she is challenged by Christophe’s beliefs that are in conflict with her new socialist ideology.

Springtime of the Spirit is an amazing story of love and hope during a politically unstable time in Germany’s history. The characters are passionate in their political beliefs that also shape their decisions in their personal lives. The exciting political backdrop adds an extra element of danger and intrigue to the story. The heartache and desperation of a nation economically crippled by war is captured in the story and the character’s motivations and desire for change is realistically depicted. I would recommend Springtime of the Spirit for those interested in political ideologies and looking for an exciting historical romance set during a time of significant social change.

To learn more about Maureen Lang and her books, please visit her website.

I really enjoyed reading Springtime of the Spirit and Maureen has very kindly offered to give away a copy of her new release.

By commenting on today’s post you can enter the drawing to win an autographed copy of Springtime of the Spirit. The drawing will take place on Friday, March 11 and the winner announced on Sunday, March 13. Please leave an email address [ ] at [ ] dot [ ] where you can be reached.

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Narelle Atkins writes contemporary inspirational romance. She resides in Canberra, Australia with her husband and children. To learn more about Narelle, please visit her website.


  1. Thank you for the review, Narelle.

    I have some of Maureen's books and love her writing. Her new release sounds like a fascinating story and a good read.


  2. Since I hated American history growing up, I'm now wanting to learn more. I would love to win this one. Thank you!

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  3. An unusual place and time-period. I'd enjoy reading it. Please enter me in the draw.

  4. I read whisper on the wind and loved it and would love to read this book. Its an interesting era. I would love to be entered to with this book.

  5. Ruth Ann, I love Maureen's books and I hope you have a chance to read this one - you won't be disappointed :)

    Linda, I enjoy learning about history by reading historical fiction :)

    Alice, the story setting is unique and played a pivotal role in the story :)

    Ausjenny, I also loved Whisper on the Wind and I have the first book in the series, Look to the East, in my tbr pile :)

    Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the drawing!

  6. I'd love to win a copy of this book! Thank you for a chance to win.


  7. would love to read this fabulous novel...thanks for the opportunity :)

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