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IN A TIME OF WAR, LOVE IS THE INSPIRATIONWith her brothers away fighting the Great War overseas, Livy Campbell desperately wants to help her family. Her chance comes when she meets a handsome stranger who lands her a job as a teacher in a place far from her parents' farm. But the war casts a long shadow over the German-American town that Livy now calls home—and the darknesIN A TIME OF WAR, LOVE IS THE INSPIRATIONWith her brothers away fighting the Great War overseas, Livy Campbell desperately wants to help her family. Her chance comes when she meets a handsome stranger who lands her a job as a teacher in a place far from her parents' farm. But the war casts a long shadow over the German-American town that Livy now calls home—and the darkness will test everything she thought she knew about family and love . . .More than anything, Friedrick Wagner wants to be part of his adopted country's struggle for peace. But when the bitter animosity between Germans and Americans soon turns citizens against newcomers, friend against friend, he will do whatever it takes to protect Livy from the hysteria that grips their town. As tragedy—and dark secrets from the past—threaten their future, Friedrick and Livy have one chance to stand up for what's right . . . and one chance to fight for their love....

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Hope at Dawn Reviews

  • Ash Wednesday
    2019-05-21 15:08

    2.5 STARSThere were other things as constant as the heavens - people’s prejudice, for one.I suppose, any story that is set in a small rural, American town in 1918 will come across as Christian Fiction in its attempts to be historically accurate, so that bit of oversight is on me when I requested this book. Because while I find the plot interesting, I wouldn’t have read this to review had I known. Religion is a tricky thing to deal with in opinion pieces like a book review after all. That being said, it had nothing to do with how I rated this book.Hope At Dawn is set in the fictional town of Hilden during World War I, when there’s rampant discrimination against German-American settlers among its ‘patriotic’ townsfolk. Their loyalty is routinely questioned, their way of living constantly under suspicion, the law going as far as prohibiting them from speaking in German. Some are forced to buy Liberty Bonds under threat of violence in order to prove their commitment to the American cause. Friedrick Wagner suffers these and more for being granted a deferment from military service because his German father is dying. He meets and falls in love with Livy Campbell, a schoolteacher whose brothers are fighting the Great War in France while she teaches German-American children in American soil. I suppose I ended up appreciating the historical fiction aspect of this book better than the romance overall. The idea of a 6-foot-3, blonde, blue-eyed German-American man suffering from discrimination; of German-owned business establishments being painted bright yellow to warn people off; the racial slurs they openly suffered in 1918 were simultaneously eye-opening and harrowing in so many levels. I liked that this portrayed prejudice both ways, capturing the complexity in that dynamic. Bigotry is such an ugly aspect of humanity to confront from any standpoint and it is a tragedy to acknowledge it being alive and well at a time when you can talk to people halfway around the world with the press of a button. These people rode horse-drawn carriages and drew water from a deep-well FFS, what’s our excuse?I was very hopeful from the blurb, the kind of romance this would deliver. An honourable man left to prove his worth outside serving his country in the battlefield, falling in love with a woman whose family has been torn by the very war he’s not serving. It won’t even take much for me to get emotionally invested from that premise alone, I was expecting a sweeping saga of love breaking boundaries and conquering the ugliness of prejudice. Unfortunately, the delivery felt desperately lacking. The storyline’s progression was very cliched, there were endless sighs of longing, beauty that can’t be diminished by sickness or pale cheeks illuminated by moonlight… it just hasn’t been the kind of romance I’ve been looking for since I was in high school. The writing was serviceable but the emotions this meted out were lukewarm at best. Friedrick stared unabashedly at her, her hair and face lit by the light from the fire. She couldn’t be more beautiful, both inside and out. He’d never loved another person as he did her. He lifted his hand with a sudden need to touch her. While I didn't fall in love with him, I did like Friedrick as a hero, a little too perfect for my tastes but not to the point of offense. On the other hand, I was constantly annoyed with Livy throughout her evolution. By the end, it felt like her ability to overcome her own biases was rooted to her feelings for Friedrick and not something she’s come to terms on her own. There’s a certain degree of calculating coldness in her character, leading me to question her ulterior motives in her acts of kindness. The characters were perfectly nice and good, but with very little complexity and depth in their personalities. The good guy never loses his temper and the bad guys do nefarious deeds with the circular reasoning of because they’re bad. I was always on the brink of disinterest, almost giving up on the story altogether. Seeing as the roadmap to the Epilogue is apparent from the first chapter, this hardly delivered on the aspects of swoon, excitement or intensity.This is one of those books that I feel it is my complete fault for not enjoying. It has evident sincerity in its intent but the delivery just didn’t appeal to me overall.Review Copy courtesy of the publishers. Quotes taken from an uncorrected proof.Also on Booklikes.

  • Emilee
    2019-05-12 15:39

    I started this book thinking it was going to be a heavy emotional war-time story. It was much lighter than I expected yet still covered some heavy topics. A good bit of this book is about prejudice and injustice against German-Americans during the first World War. It was sad and disappointing to realize that kind of thing happened to innocent people. I enjoyed the historical aspects of this book but I never really connected with the characters. I also felt some of the main characters responses to situations were unrealistic. I plan to read book two in this series in the future.

  • Katie W
    2019-05-02 13:08

    First of all, this is a cover that I absolutely adore. It leaves a lot to the imagination, yet is really gorgeous. Next, I loved this story! I haven't read many books that take place during WWI. My great-grandfather fought in this war and passed away when I was really little. I don't know about many things that he experienced and the way life was then. This story made it really easy to picture how things were in my mind. I thought the writing was almost lyrical and the storyline was very engaging, with very likable characters.Livy has always wanted to be a school teacher and when she gets a tip about a school, she jumps at the chance. I love the way she jumps right in, even though it isn't ideal and is hard work. She doesn't let the little prejudices deter her, nor does she let the big ones. I would be scared to death to teach in a school in an area with such strict laws. She does the best she can and is such a strong and determined woman, standing up for what's right any time she can.I love Friedrick! He's so gentle and patient. I could feel the pain and embarrassment he had over not being able to serve his country. He's so willing to do whatever it takes to show his loyalty, even at the risk of putting his family in poverty. I love the way he sticks up for others, but does so in a very kind, persistent, understated way.I thought the author did a fantastic job of weaving fiction with truth. I have ancestors who Americanized their surnames and now I understand why. I learned some things that I didn't realize before. I can't wait to see what's next--Ms. Henrie is definitely an author to watch!Content:language--noneviolence--vague talk of war and death; threatening situations; a fightromance--clean kissingreligious--mention of church, prayer, faith, but not preachy *I received a copy in exchange for an honest review*

  • writer...
    2019-05-23 12:41

    Captured by the evocative cover, I was pleased to discover content offered as captivating a story.March 1918, we meet Livy waiting to celebrate her 20th birthday at the town dance.The promised date with her boyfriend, Robert, never materializes. And Livy has good reason to know why. A soldier, returned wounded from the Great War, chooses the company of alcoholover her and their anticipated future. So when a handsome young man notices her tears and takes the opportunity to invite Livy to the dancefloor, she decides against her original regrets and allows him to escort her to the floor.Thus begins the enchanting story of Hope at Dawn. Through this meeting with Robert, Livy has a teaching job connection and independence in a new community. When government laws are introduced that jeopardize the German American inhabitants of that community, the fragility of life and relationships come to the fore. A horrifying and unknown component of the cost of war as Ms Henrie so aptly describes this aspect of the American homefront.The entire story is gripping with romantic tension, wartime realities, and social injustices.First in the series Of Love and War, readers are introduced to the Campbell family members via Livy's story. We are made aware of two brothers away on the warfront, one of whom features in book 2, Hope Rising based in WWI France, and due to release December 2014.Book 3, A Hope Remembered, to release March 2015.I am anticipating more exquisite reading, having completed this beautifully written first entryOf Love and War. Hope at Dawn has certainly lived up to its theme.I full heartedly recommend Stacy Henrie's series to wartime romance fans everywhere.A story and characters you'll remember long after you've reached 'The End' ... Original Full Review at Faith Hope & Cherrytea*Appreciation to Forever [Grand Central] for providing an ecopy to read and review without cost or compensatiON

  • Jamie
    2019-05-17 19:40

    Ever since I started listening to Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History podcast, specifically his podcasts on WWI, I’ve been interested in all things WWI. From how it started, to the utter horror of trench warfare to the aftermath, it’s 100% fascinating. Hope at Dawn by Stacy Henrie takes a look at another part of WWI - the home front and how Americans dealt with German Americans.Humanity makes me so sad sometimes and, much like the Japanese internment camps of WWII, it’s a hard reality to look at how Americans treated native born Americans of German ancestry during WWI. I haven’t read much about this part, fiction or non-fiction, so I really enjoyed this story. I really loved Frederick’s character, for his commitment to his family and dealing with unjust prejudice because of who he was born.Then there’s Livy - spirited, generous and willing to open her heart to what’s right, even when it becomes costly. Written in a way that immediately engages readers and keeps you turning the pages, this is a story that sheds light on hurt, but also on what it looks like to overcome and let love (all kinds) win.If you’re interested in WWI, I think you’ll like this one!Have you read many books about WWI? If so, what are some you’d recommend?Originally posted at

  • Debbie
    2019-05-17 12:54

    Livy Campbell takes a position as a teacher far from from her home and family. Thankfully, she finds a friend in Friedrick Wagner, the school maintenance man. In spite of protests from board members, Livy can't help but have a relationship with the kind and dedicated family man. With both their livelihoods at stake, they must decide whether love and country are worth the risk to their hearts and their families.Each page of Hope at Dawn is fraught with tension and romance. There is certainly more than one hold-your-breath, moment for both Livy and Friedrick. Everything wrapped up nicely in spite of the bumps in the road, but things were left open for a few of the characters. This storyline was unique,well told and the characters were very interesting. I loved so many aspects of this book. I can't wait to read the sequel of this novel. A great war story of courage,love and making your own place in the world.

  • Renee
    2019-05-08 12:48

    Some days just call for a sweet, simple romance -- Stacy Henrie's Hope at Dawn is that kind of read. Of Love and War promises to be a must-read series if the books that follow are half as good as the first. With series' like Downton Abbey bringing more interest to the World War I and the difficult years that followed, it's nice to be getting more books set during that time from authors across the romance genre. Henrie's Hope at Dawn is a "sweet" romance with Christian themes woven throughout that focuses not on the warfront, but what life was like for German Americans living in the US.Livy Campbell takes a position as a teacher far from from her home and family. Thankfully, she finds a friend in Friedrick Wagner, the school maintenance man. In spite of protests from board members, Livy can't help but have a relationship with the kind and dedicated family man. With both their livelihoods at stake, they must decide whether love and country are worth the risk to their hearts and their families.Each page of Hope at Dawn is fraught with tension and romance. There is certainly more than one hold-your-breath, moment for both Livy and Friedrick. Everything wrapped up nicely in spite of the bumps in the road, but things were left open for a few of the characters. I love Maria and want her to have her own little bit of happiness! Tie up those loose ends where she is concerned in this series, Ms. Henrie! Pretty please. ;-) Other than that, Hope at Dawn is gentle, sweet, and just what I needed to read in order to unwind this past weekend. A winner!*I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*

  • Julia
    2019-04-29 16:47

    Christian romance is not usually my genre, but I received a copy of this book for review from NetGalley and who doesn't love a free book? I was instantly pulled into Livy's story. Worried about her brothers fighting in France during World War 1, she is mourning the loss of her college experience and dreams, as well as the change in her presumed fiancé who has returned from the front. In a series of coincidences (or events arranged by God?), she meets Frederich and goes to teach in a nearby town. She will be teaching in a one-room school house which serves mostly German-American children, daughters and sons of immigrants or first-generation Americans. In taking the position and meeting the families, Livy has to confront her own feelings about the community and its inhabitants, as well as their prejudices about her. The struggle to prove their allegiance was constant for German-Americans during both World Wars. Many families went bankrupt purchasing war bonds to demonstrate their loyalty (sometimes due to local pressures). In the first WW, German-American men who had military deferments for legitimate reasons were seriously questioned. This book shows the struggles this community faced and how many people were affected by the prejudices and hurts that cut both ways. It is worth noting that we have not moved much beyond this kind of suspicion and community distrust. So many of our Arab and/or Muslim- American neighbors have experienced this kind of struggle in recent years and some still do. This gentle novel with its emotional ups and downs packs some serious lessons for what it means to be community and neighbor.

  • Melanie
    2019-05-14 13:53

    Review on Amazon: on my blog (to be posted 7/19): At Dawn was a great read. I really liked the history and that this book was set during WWI (I haven't read many books in this time period). The writing was fantastic. I really felt for the characters and all they had to go through - especially Friedrick. The romance story was sweet and I liked how the ending had closure.Overall, I loved Hope At Dawn. The story moved at a slower pace, but I still loved it. A great book that made me learn new things about WWI and what life was like back then. I definitely recommend this book and I'm looking forward to this author's next book!*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

  • Shauna
    2019-05-21 16:53

    I have read quite a few books about World War II...So I was VERY INTRIGUED to read about World War I.So many things I didn't know or understand...very eye opening!A TENDER story of love and hope admist a backdrop of fear and despair.Livy has two brothers "fighting the Great War overseas."She wants a chance to help and she also needs to get away from Robert and be on her own.When a "handsome stranger" tells her of a teaching job she jumps at the opportunity."But the war casts a long shadow over the German-American town that Livy now calls home—and the darkness will test everything she thought she knew about family and love . . ."Friedrick is caught in the middle...He was born in America, but his parents are from Germany.How can he stay loyal to both HIS COUNTRY and HIS HERITAGE in this time of war?When he meets Livy he is struck by her beauty and loves the fact that she accepts him as he is."As tragedy—and dark secrets from the past—threaten their future, Friedrick and Livy have one chance to stand up for what's right . . . and one chance to fight for their love."AN AMAZING STORY!TOLD BY AN AMAZING WRITER!SO. SO. SO. GOOD!A MUST-READ!

  • Rachelle Cobb
    2019-05-09 13:46

    What I LikedThe history. Oh, wow, does Stacy know her history. I mean, her Facebook posts and Pinteresting reveal the fact that she is passionate about this time period, but she writes it well, too. And she takes an interesting stance in this book, writing about a hero with German ancestry in an American small town.And the woman who is changed by him, having much to learn about prejudice and believing in herself--and love.Friedrick is sweet to her, gentle to his family, and conflicted about his part in a war he doesn't want to tear him from the country he loves. Livy is unsettled, restless, worrying for her brothers away fighting. They slowly come to love each other, then face the threat tragedy and secrets always bring.What I Didn't Like As MuchThis book was hard for me to fall into. The beginning slightly drags, but for those addicted to historical fiction, eager to explore a new facet of a favorite time period, check out Hope at Dawn.

  • Dottie Legatos
    2019-05-03 14:03

    A touching and heartwarming account of American life in World War I. I'm so glad to have read this book, as I wasn't aware of the fact that in some states it was illegal to speak certain foreign languages ( in this case, German), during our involvement in the "Great War". Stacie Henrie tells a story of forbidden love between Livy and a patriotic , decent family loving, German American in such a sweet way, that I was ashamed of the practice of discrimination toward these God fearing people. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, and/or historical romance. I've found a new author to follow! Thanks to Netgalley for approving me for this book.

  • Ashley
    2019-05-16 13:02

    If your copy has the Author's Note BEFORE the story like mine did, then skip that and read it later! It has spoilers! I wasn't in much of a mood for a romance, but I loved the historical part of this book. I learned quite a bit about a time period that doesn't have as much historical fiction as some. It made me think without making me crazy, which is a hard balance to find.

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  • Lillian
    2019-05-01 15:08

    Hope at Dawn by Stacy Henrie is book one of the Of Love and War series and tells the story of Friedrick and Livy. With her two older brothers fighting in WWI, Livy Campbell wants a way to help her family. It comes in the form of a teaching position, but what Livy was unaware of is that she will be teaching German American children. With the war raging against Germany, Livy finds her values tested. Friedrick Wagner wants to fight for his home country America, but his German-American father dying, Friedrick is needed at home. Taking a farm deferment, he stays to take care of his father, two half-siblings, and step mother. But with his heritage in question and newcomer Livy, he finds that the war is closer to home than he realized.I love these characters! Both are very relatable in their struggles and their values. Livy is the eldest daughter of her family and with her two older brothers fighting, she feels it is her duty to help her family in anyway she can. She struggles with what is right and wrong when teaching her German-American pupils. Her values come into question by not just herself but by those in the community. First from the German-Americans and second from the rest of the community who believes she's a German sympathizer. Friedrick struggles with his want to fight in the war and his need to take care of his family. With the prejudice against his family and friends rising, he struggles with anger and resentment against those that were his neighbors. The relationship that builds between Friedrick and Livy is sweet and full of love and trials. When Livy's beau stands her up at the dance hall on her birthday, a handsome stranger who turns out to be Friedrick asks her to dance. During the dance, Livy opens up to him and he tells her of the teaching position. Both are smitten immediately, but when Livy learns of his German heritage and with the prejudice Friedrick already faces with his neighbors, both become hesitant towards each other. I hurt for them during their struggles to be friends and eventually more. Prejudice, pride, and more affect them, but it's this Bible verse that is the overall theme of the book:and this one:Overall, I loved this book and devoured it in a few days. The sweet relationship between Livy and Friedrick, the struggles against pride and prejudice, and the acceptance of God's plan for both of them make this story unforgettable. If you enjoy historical fiction, Christian or inspirational literature, and a little romance, I highly recommend you check out this book. A little note: there are a couple of scenes of violence related to the prejudice against the German-American community of this book, however it is a clean read and although it is listed as a part of a series, this book can be read as a standalone.I received a copy of this ebook from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Jenn
    2019-05-14 12:40

    “My love is fully and completely yours.”Let me just say, I am learning to love these historical romances lately. This book is no exception. I’ll admit, I only wanted to read it because of the cover, It’s just gorgeous. And I assumed it was about a war, from the title, because I never read the blurb…again. This was also another book that is really hard to write about. I want to tell you the entire story, or just type out, “Read it.” But alas, I must do my best.This book takes place toward the end of WWII and shows what the German-Americans had to deal with. The prejudices and silly laws were only a small part of what really went on in this story. But some of these things I never heard about. For instance, I learned that there was a law that you couldn’t speak German in public. Seriously?!?! These poor people couldn’t even talk to each other, in a language that was easier for them. Unreal.But let me get back to the story…Livy left college early to come home and help on her family’s farm, while her older brothers went off to fight in the war. But needing to help out more, she found a job as a teacher, far from home, but was willing to move anywhere if it meant helping her parents. What she never expected was teaching German-American children and trying to stay neutral, during these very difficult times.Friedrick, was home on a deferment, since his father was dying. So he was in charge of his house. He would do anything to prove his loyalty to his country, America. But some in the towns want them out. And they will do anything to make them leave. For instance, buy war bonds, or face jail time.Friedrick starting help out at the school and found himself smitten with Livy. But knowing that they can’t ever be together, he tries to stay away. He keeps his friendship secret, so she can’t get into trouble, like the last teacher. But unfortunately, trouble seems to find them anyways.“Standing for the truth will always come at a price, Friedrick, whether it is being bold and sure or silent and strong. Neither one is easy.”This was a roller coaster of emotions. One moment, I was feeling so happy that they were possibly going to together, then the next minute something horrible happens. I was on the verge of my seat, half the time. I was just fascinated with all the historical information throughout this book. But mostly, I loved the sweetness and slow buildup of their relationship. I would call this a christian historical romance. There was a lot of praying and Bible reading, which I found refreshing. And there was definitely enough heartache to keep my tears flowing also. A complete ride.What these two people had to endure, in the name of true patriotism and true love, was was just wild. But they would do it over and over, if it meant they could be together.Knowing that this book is #1 in a series, makes me so very happy. I can’t wait to read the next book, Hope Rising, in December.

  • Mary
    2019-04-27 12:56

    Hope at Dawn is a novel set in 1918 during World War I in rural Iowa and based on a small slice of American history. The story promotes an awareness of the prejudice that exists during times of war against people of the opposing nationality. The small town of Hilden, Iowa was settled by a large number of people of German American descent. Many of these people were born and raised in the United States; however, during this war, the townspeople who saw themselves as “true” Americans discriminated and harassed the German American population. The story describes the conflict that arises when a young woman whose brothers are fighting in France at the time falls in love with a young German American farmer in the community. I enjoyed the historical aspects of the novel and the authenticity of the details she uses in the story. Her author’s notes in the beginning offer some insight into actual events that she uses in the story. I enjoyed having a clear idea of what the story was based on before I actually started the book. Livy Campbell is a lovely young woman who had to give up her college hopes after one year in order to come home and help on her family’s farm when her two older brothers leave for the war. Livy hears about a teaching job at a dance where she has gone to celebrate her birthday with her boyfriend Robert, who fails to show up. Friedrick Wagner offers the lonely Livy a dance, and he mentions a teaching position open in his small town. The story of Livy and Friedrick begins this night and continues as Livy becomes a teacher in Hilden and Friedrick becomes the school’s maintenance man. Friedrick Wagner is dedicated to his family and has a deferment from fighting in the war due to his ailing father and their farm. Friedrick suffers a great deal of harassment for no other reason than the fact that he is young and healthy and not fighting. Added to the issue is his German American heritage. He is a caring and devout young man who works hard to take care of his dying father and young siblings in spite of the prejudice.The characters face many trials throughout the story, several based on actual historical events. The story is interesting and definitely keeps the reader’s attention. Many characters exist in the story allowing an easy transition into the next book in the series, A Hope Remembered. I believe readers of historical fiction that enjoy this time period will enjoy this novel, as well as those readers who enjoy inspirational historical fiction. This ARC copy was received from Hatchette Publishing Group and in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

  • Meredith Amelotti
    2019-04-26 15:01

    I received an electronic copy of this book to review from the publisher through NetGalley, but in no way does that have an impact on my views and opinion. Hope At Dawn is one of those books where you wish you could travel back in time, even if the time period is during the midst of World War II. I loved this book so much!! I don't truly know how explain it to all of you in a way that will inspire you to pick it up when you have the chance. There wasn't any action throughout the novel, but it portrayed a romance between two people that literally made me wish I was in the girl's place. Friedrick Wagner has been definitely added to my list of fictional characters I would date. He's protective, gentle, and chivalrous. He doesn't overdue it, but he just encompasses the whole picture of a gentleman. It's a miracle in itself if a guy holds a door open for a woman now. I know it's just not the men, but it's always nice to see an act of chivalry every once in awhile to remind us that we shouldn't stereotype every guy that we see as a rude, arrogant human. I felt like I really connected with Livy throughout the novel, because of her love for teaching. Some of my favorite scenes to read were the ones that she was teaching her class. It's one of my hopes that time travel becomes a thing, because I would travel back in time so I could teach in a wooden schoolhouse. I have no idea why that setting has been intriguing to me throughout the years. I guess it has a sort of charm to it. Who knows. Of course, I am not a teacher yet. I still have to earn my degree, but I know the day will come when I will have a turn at teaching. The author made the struggles of German Americans during World War II prominent as the plot progressed. She wrote about the language laws that were created that forbade them from speaking German. She also briefly included how family businesses were vandalized, and had to close due to lack of business. These particular scenes opened my eyes. Why were these American citizens being treated like trash? What did they do to deserve this? Escaped Germany for a better life? They are humans. What really matters is what is the inside, not the faults of their ancestry. Sounds a bit cliche, but it's true. I found no faults while I was reading the novel. It went along at a nice steady pace, which I felt matched what the author was trying to portray about the time period and the struggles endured. I highly recommend this book to all of you. This book isn't some romance where two main characters fall in love over night. This romantic relationship is about a romance that I think we all secretly long to experience.

    2019-04-26 15:46 to you by OBS reviewer DanieleLivy put her dreams of being a teacher on hold when she leaves college to help her parents with the family farm. Her older brothers are overseas fighting in World War I. She feels a little stifled by her circumstances, so when she hears of a teaching position in a nearby town she jumps at the chance. She quickly finds herself in uncharted waters as she embarks to teach German-American children in a town with a large German-American population. These citizens face prejudice every day. They are not allowed to speak their native language in public. Their businesses are marked and left to flounder without customers. Their loyalty and patriotism is constantly questioned, and they are abused and bullied by the local mob under the guise of the “vigilance committee”. Livy feels both sides of the discrimination, and she must be very careful what she says and does lest she be branded a German sympathizer. Friedrich is the right age to be a soldier, but he has a farm deferment from the military in order to care for his dying father and family. He struggles with guilt, feeling he is not doing his part in the war effort. He quickly falls for Livy, and when she nurses him back to health from the Spanish Flu they develop a bond beyond friendship. Thus the stage is set for an against-all-odds romance.Ms. Henrie does an excellent job of weaving historically accurate facts with fiction. It is obvious that she did extensive research on World War I and the atmosphere in America in 1918. She tackles an often overlooked perspective of the era. I found the story fascinating and engaging and could not help but think of my own family history as I read (my great-grandmother died of the Spanish flu during the epidemic of 1918, and I married into a German-American family). This is an inspirational romance, but it did not come across as preachy, and everything was not perfect and easy for the characters. After Friedrich and Livy’s initial fumbling, the romance is sweet, if a bit predictable. Friedrich makes an honorable hero but one with flaws of his own. They seem like people I would like to get to know.I recommend Hope at Dawn to fans of Christian romance, but more for those interested in a different take on World War I.*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*

  • Sarah
    2019-05-24 17:51

    I think my favorite detail of this novel is the historical richness of it. The author explores a very dark time in our nation's history, the home front of WWI, where prejudice and the abuse of civil liberties was the norm, not the aberration. I found it especially interesting because I can think of several examples of my local history here in Montana that echo this book's atmosphere. This book even resonated with my own family history (paternal grandmother's ancestors changed the spelling of their Germanic last name Eszwein to the more Anglicized Esswine due to WWI prejudice is my suspicion). And then to set our two protagonists within this world, both from different sides of the "conflict"? Just perfect...And let me tell you, those two protagonists were dang interesting to get to know. I adored both of them. We got to see them grow as individuals in a very poisonous setting and atmosphere. I liked how the author made them very three-dimensional and just human. Neither were the perfect paragon of justice and virtue; both had instances where prejudice peeked through in their life outlook and how they dealt with the challenges of late-WWI American life. Yet, the overcame those faults to create a lovely romance and a relationship that I felt was all the stronger for the obstacles they had to face.I really enjoyed the romantic element to this book as well. The author has created two individuals from different ends of the home front conflict, and she has brought them together into a romance that is sweet yet strong. I liked how drawn both Friedrick and Livy are to each other; the reader can definitely tell that they have romantic feelings for each other and not just a very strong friendship. Their stolen moments and overcoming of obstacles made me smile all the more when their happy ending occurred. This definitely a wonderful example of great writing. The author balances a rich historical setting with three-dimensional characters and a sweet romance to create a novel one can sink their teeth into. This novel is highly recommended to anyone looking for WWI novels set on the American home front. You'll enjoy the read and be inspired to think as well.Note: Book received for free through GoodReads FirstReads program in exchange for honest review.

  • Cathleen
    2019-05-06 17:54

    I received an ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review."Hope at Dawn" is a well written and touching story that centers on American life during World War I. Though this is a fictional account, I do believe that the hateful and mean conversations and behaviors depicted in the story are fairly accurate. In times of war people tend to doubt their neighbors and co-workers if they are of foreign descent. Why this happens I am not sure. In most instances the people being shunned are American born descendants of immigrants and are as patriotic if not more so.This particular story centers around a young American woman, Livy Campbell. Livy left college to return home to Hilden, Iowa where her parents have a farm. She gave up her dream of obtaining a degree so she could have a career as a school teacher. Her 2 older brothers were somewhere in France helping the fight against Germany invasion. Her parents needed her to help on the farm until the younger children were old enough to help out. The man Livy was hoping to marry has returned home after a serious injury and has been drinking himself into a stupor. At a local dance she meets Friedrick Wagner an American born German. He tells Livy about an opening at the school in a nearby town and encourages her to apply. Livy talks to her parents and with their blessing she applies and is hired. It isn't until then that she finds out that she will be teaching at a local school in a German neighborhood. The Mayor of Iowa has recently declared a ban for anyone to speak German in public and the former schoolteacher was arrested as a spy and is in prison. Livy and Friedrick find themselves fighting against an instant attraction to each other despite the discrimination Livy and Friedrick will suffer. I enjoyed reading this story of forbidden love in times of war and recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good Historical/Romance story.

  • Melinda Lujan
    2019-05-16 13:07

    This was an awesome book! I received it in a Good Reads giveaway. I had not really heard anything about it prior to entering so I really wasn't sure what to think before reading the book. I have to say I loved it. I'm not usually a romance kind of girl but this story really draws you in from the very beginning. You are drawn into Livy's life and her troubles in the very first chapter. All the characters are very well developed, from the main to the supporting characters. There was definitely an arc for all the characters as they dealt with prejudice and war. It is very easy to relate to the plight of the towns people who are being judged for the fact that they are German American. This is something that we still deal with today. From WWI to WWII and now as we deal with terrorist attacks. To this day there are still groups of people being judged and being shown hate because of their race or origin of culture no matter that their loyalties lay with the US. The author dealt well with the struggle that Livy and Friedrick faced amongst the town people because the German Americans were prejudiced because she was not German and everyone else prejudiced against Friedrick because he is German American. The struggle people have faced is very real and this book brought that to life and reminded me that this is still the same kind of behavior that we still have to deal with today.There was so much in this story, I was never bored during any part of the book. It was quick paced and definitely kept me interested throughout. I read this book in two sittings. Only because I had to stop to sleep…. :)If you like historical romances, I'd say this is one of the best that I have read and recommend it highly!*This ARC was won from Goodreads Giveaway

  • Barb Klein
    2019-04-26 13:54

    “Hope at Dawn" by Stacie Henry, is the first book in the series “Of Love and War”. I very much enjoyed the book because of the subject matter and because of the way it was written. This story takes place during the Great War – World War I – in the fictional town of Hilden, Iowa. The story was set in Iowa because it was one of the first states to outlaw the use of any foreign language, especially German. Those who broke the law were suspected of treason or of being a German spy. Those of German descent were “encouraged” to buy bonds and to speak only English. Those who failed to comply were often physically abused or worse. It was not an easy time to be of German heritage in the United States at this time.Livy Campbell and Friedrick Wagner are thrown together by way of their jobs in Hilden, Iowa. Livy is the school teacher for the mostly German-American students in her district and Friedrick is a German-American farmer whose siblings attend the school and who is the school caretaker. Through a series of events, their very lives are at stake because of the prejudice against anything German during this time. I loved this book. It is one of the few that I’ve read where the storyline takes place during 1918 and our time of involvement in the war in Europe. It is very well written and even though it is a work of fiction, I can see that these events probably took place in our country at this time and in other manners at other times in our history.I was sent a free print copy of this book by Night Owl Reviews in return for my honest assessment of the book. You can find this review on my blog at

  • Tiffany
    2019-05-05 12:57

    What an interesting spin on the World War 1 historical-romance genre. This story takes place in Iowa during World War I, where we meet Livy and Friedrick. Livy meets Friedrick at a dance hall but doesn't catch his name...with a name like Friedrick Wagner...people tend to judge. This was a rough time in American history for German-Americans...which many probably never think about. I descend from German-Americans who emigrated to North Dakota in the late 1800's...and it never dawned on me to think about how they were treated as a people when the US went to war against Germany. My family lived in a primarily German area, where everyone spoke German. In this story, our town in Iowa has instilled language laws which forbids the speaking of German in public and on telephones, even, or one could face jail time. There was a paranoia and fear of the German-Americans that they may be spies or sympathizers. Our Livy comes to Friedrick's town to be the new school teacher, to primarily German children, and learns that judgement and bigotry goes both ways. The Germans were equally suspicious of her. Watching the friendship and romance blossom between Livy and Friedrick was wonderful and to watch how others reacted to their friendship was heart-breaking. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and I learned that the next book in this series takes place in France between a soldier and a nurse. I can't wait. I received an advanced copy of this tile from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  • Kelly_Instalove
    2019-05-15 13:05

    Tropes: World War I, Iowa, Small TownQuick blurb: A young schoolteacher finds herself facing unexpected drama when she falls in love with a German-American farmer in World War I.Quick review: I just bought all the sequels. At full price.Grade: B+“Perhaps your real question is not how to stand for goodness, but when. Am I right?”After reading Promise to Return, I was really iffy on another wartime homefront weepfest, but then I realized Hope was SET IN IOWA and I COULDN’T NOT READ IT. I only cried a little.The basic premise is similar to Promise: the onset of war forces an insular community to interact with the outside world. In this case, the conflict is prejudice and discrimination against German-Americans during World War I — prohibitions on speaking German, “vigilance committees,” extortion to buy war bonds to prove patriotism. The pacing is much better than Promise, with some high points to balance out the angst.I’m giving it a B+ instead of an A because despite my love for it, I couldn’t stop thinking that whatever German-Americans were facing in 1918 Iowa, it was nothing compared to the horrors to come.

  • Lis K
    2019-05-14 14:05

    Hope at Dawn is the first book in the "Of Love and War" series and my first read of Stacy Henrie's work. I wasn't sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised. I enjoyed the setting and the time period because I've never come across a Christian fiction story set in the U.S. during World War I. It was an interesting twist to read about the German-American experience and about the prejudice they faced from fellow Americans during this time period. I also never knew about the language law that forbade anyone from speaking foreign languages (especially German) in public. I liked the relationship between the main characters, Livy and Friedrick. They just seemed like a solid hero/heroine struggling to love each other despite outside opposition. Both of them wrestled with doing the right thing even though it might come at a great cost. I would have liked a little more character development of the minor characters, like the villain, but overall this was a solid read. My copy also included an excerpt from the next book in the series, Hope Rising, with Livy's brother Joel as the hero. That totally piqued my interest and I look forward to reading more of Ms. Henrie's work!* I received a copy from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Jill
    2019-05-11 19:43

    A light, engaging and enjoyable read. It isn't a heavy work of literature it's an enjoyable, clean historical romance so rating it on that genre I give it absolutely 5 stars it was written very well and was very fun to read. However it does deal with a heavy and meaningful topic; war and the prejudice and injustice inflicted on innocent citizens from a heritage of the opposing side. It captures well this sometimes overlooked and shameful side of people in our great nation who hurt other innocent people such as the Japanese Americans or the German Americans or others because of a war or prejudices and fears developed from those things. War is a very ugly and hurtful and horrible thing and it has been through all the wars in history. This book is so enjoyable that you don't feel the dark weight of the topic, despite real injustices and ugly faces of prejudice shown realistically, it still permeates with hope and faith and goodness and love which I greatly appreciate from books I read. It's the type of book I can stay up all night reading but also want to savor too! Reading the intro of the next book in this series I'm already eager to read that also and can't wait till it is released!

  • Psusan
    2019-05-09 20:43

    Hope at Dawn is a story with endearing characters and a realistic WWI plot that that takes place in America. Stacy Henrie does a marvelous job giving us a snapshot of the bias faced by German Americans during this time. I could understand Livy’s first views since they would have probably mirrored my own if I had brothers fighting in the war. However, without being preachy, she has shown us the prejudices we have that need to be changed. As a German American, Fredrick is a true hero even if he is unable to fight for his country by his actions here at home. The story line is realistic, I really like how history is woven into it. The characters have depth and bit by bit more of their complexity is revealed. Which leads to their romance, I liked how it progressed, distrust to friendship to love. It seemed to be the logical steps that they would have taken. The writing was stunning in that it was as if I was seeing and experiencing these places and happenings. In a nutshell it is a wonderfully written book with a timeless theme by means of a WWI backdrop.Copy provided by NetGalley for an honest review.

  • Betty
    2019-05-26 17:44

    Livy Campbell misses her older brothers who have left home to fight in the Great War in Europe. She left college and headed back home to help on the farm. At home she was reunited with her boyfriend who had come home from the war after being wounded. He was not the same as Livy was very unhappy with him and his chronic inebriation. While at a neighborhood dance, Livy was approached by a nice looking gentleman for a dance. It was her birthday and Robert, her boyfriend, hadn't shown up yet. So she agreed to the dance. He was a nice gentleman. He asked her about herself and was interested in her desire to become a teacher. He shared with her that there was a position in his town that she might be interested in. She applied and was hired. The underlying issues is that the town is very highly populated with German-Americans who are being harassed for being German and therefore, in the town's eyes, suspect of spying for Germany.The main characters are likable and very easy to relate to. The story line is interesting, as a baby boomer of German decent, I found the story particularly interesting for the discrimination that was shown to German-Americans. It was an excellent read.

  • Michele
    2019-05-03 18:57

    I really appreciated the research that went into this book. Even though the romance genre is not for me, I came away feeling like I had learned a lot about WWI. You meet people that make you feel both ashamed, and proud. I had no idea that people were forced to buy war bonds to show their "loyalty" and if you didn't you would likely end up with your barn burned down or tar and feathered. She came to our book group and what fun that was. She had a great presentation on WWI, the setting for the book and some fun facts. We got to hear more about the publishing process and even got to see more about what it takes to make a cover for the book. So interesting to see what goes into it.As a person, she is a lovely, spunky, sassy lady and we loved having her over!I think I will continue with book two, just to learn more about this time period.Oh, one more thing. What is really exciting is to see how this whole Christian romance thing is exploding! It is wonderful to see that people want to read clean books and that the market for them is expanding greatly. That is good news.