Hideaway Home
by Hannah Alexander

Steeple Hill Books, 2008. ISBN 978-0-373-82783-1.
Reviewed by Rhonda Esakov
Posted on 02/10/2008

Fiction: Mystery; Fiction: Christian

In this latest addition to the Hideaway series, we find ourselves immersed in the final years of World War II. Women have taken on factory jobs to help support their fighting men. These same men eagerly await letters from home to keep up their flagging energies. Those who do come home are often broken—in spirit, in heart and in body. In addition to losing their sons and daughters to the war effort, home towns suffer ethnic hate crimes as the world witnesses the horrors of the war and internment camps.

Meet Bertie Moening, a descendant of German immigrants. Her heart may be in Hideaway, Missouri, but she's working at the Hughes aircraft factory in California. For several weeks, she hasn't gotten a letter from her sweetheart on the front lines of the war. Now she can't understand why her father won't answer the phone for their standing Sunday chat. Because she is careless from worry, she suffers an injury that could cause her to lose her job.

With conflicting emotions and the world in turmoil, Bertie journeys home to her tiny Ozark town to face down a series of tragedies. The circumstances around her father's unanswered calls are frightening. Her soldier is wounded and seems lost to her and Bertie's home town life is shattered by prejudice and distrust. Will her faith in God and her willingness to step outside the proscribed roles for women help her survive?

I immensely enjoyed this glimpse that author Hannah Alexander gives us into the historical lives of courageous women who became the backbone of our society during the war years. This is a juicy mix of murder and mayhem; love and courage. The fight is on—for the survival of lives and faith.

Christy Award winning author Hannah Alexander is the pen name of husband-and-wife writing team Dr. Mel and Cheryl Hodde, who live in the Missouri Ozarks. Their novels, set in imaginary Ozark towns, appeal to romance, spiritual, mystery and medical thriller fans. Visit their website.

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