Look to the East
by Maureen Lang

Tyndale House Publishers, 2009. ISBN 978-1-414-32435-7.
Reviewed by Jennifer Melville
Posted on 06/24/2009

Fiction: Historical; Fiction: Romance; Fiction: Christian

"For a moment he knew a twinge of envy over the ease with which she prayed, as if the dialogue with the God of the universe were something she carried on with someone she knew intimately and thoroughly," writes Maureen Lang in her new historical romance novel Look to the East, "The few prayers he'd prayed, even lately when desperation and fear went along with them, compared as superficial. It almost made him want to do a better job." Charles had lost everything when the war began and his car was commandeered. Not even his wealth could save him from German guns. Yet his chance meeting with Julitte Toussaint gave him hope and a reason to live. It also gave him a reason to reach out to the God he had long since shunned.

When Julitte wished to meet the rich and handsome Charles on equal footing, she never would have guessed she would get her chance by secretly bringing him food in the church cellar. If the occupying German forces discovered their secret they would both be killed. Julitte and Charles fall madly in love and she is eventually able to help him escape. Can he return the favor and save her from her war-ravaged country?

Look to the East is a historical novel that is set in France during World War I. It is well researched and believable, with plenty of clean romance as well as undying faith in God. Julitte's faith was unwavering despite her terrible and frightening living conditions, and it was her faith that enabled her and her neighbors to make it through that dark time. Maureen Lang's novel is a must read for all historical romance fans!

Maureen Lang is the winner of several writing awards, including the Romance Writers of America's Golden Heart award and the American Christian Fiction Writer's Nobel Theme award. She lives in the Midwest with her husband and three children. You can learn more about the author at her website.

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