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Look to the East (The Great War #1)

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At the dawn of the First World War, the French provincial village of Briecourt is isolated from the battles, but the century-old feud between the Toussaints and the de Colvilles still rages in the streets. When the German army sweeps in to occupy the town, families on both sides of the feud must work together to protect stragglers caught behind enemy lines. Julitte ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published August 18th 2009 by Tyndale House Publishers
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Mar 17, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
This was a series that I have been dying to read for awhile because it is set during The Great War (WWI) and I have not read anything set during that era. I have had books 2 and 3 but was having a difficult time finding book 1. I can honestly say that this was worth the wait!

This book takes place in a small village in France where the villagers had a feud like the Hatfields and the McCoys. Throughout the book we meet characters from both sides of the feud and see them grow and come together duri
Barb Klein
Aug 21, 2015 Barb Klein rated it really liked it
“Look to the East” by Maureen Lang is one of three novels in the Great War Series. This particular novel takes place in France in 1914. The little village of Briecourt is located near the Belgian border. There are two family factions in this village, the Toussaints and the deCovilles, neither of the two trusts the other and it has been this way for centuries. The families are not even sure why the feud is ongoing. Even though this village is very small and seemingly nonconsequential it is ...more
Jul 07, 2011 Casey rated it liked it
This book definitely takes you into that period of history that was so rife with conflict. The characters are put into situations that you know and understand the difficulties. Tension and drama abound in the war-torn setting.

I would have liked more dialogue. At times I became lost in all the introspection or description and would have really liked to “live” the story more through the dialogue between characters.

I did enjoy the love story between the hero and heroine. As the interest between the
Brooke Barenfanger
Look to the East was a book with a solid plot. It also showed that the author did much research about World War II. Look to the East was the winner of Inspirational Reader's Choice contest, so I expected it to be good. Sadly, I was disappointed. It had no amazing points to it. At times, it dragged on horribly because the characters had the same worries over and over again with no resolution until the very end.

The only thing that stood out to me was that Julitte, one of the main characters, seem
Apr 08, 2013 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Raised by a loving adopted family, Julitte Toussaint nevertheless struggles with her identity and place in Briecourt, a small town bitterly divided by a decades-old feud pitting Toussaint against de Colville. But in the first weeks of the conflict that would come to be known as the Great War, Toussaint and de Colville alike find themselves bidding farewell to fathers, sons, and brothers, called upon by a common love of country to fight the encroaching menace of the German army. Despite sharing a ...more
Public library copy. This is the cover on the paperback 2009 edition. Paperback, not audio. Book one in a series of three.

World War I, mostly in France. Wow! This is a terrific book. I'm so impressed by this author's ability to cover the historical story while weaving a strong character story, and, as if that weren't enough, weaving an inseparable story of the Almighty God through it all. This book is a perfect example of strength in each of these aspects.

I have to confess, I had a hard time wit
Victor Gentile
Jan 15, 2010 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing
I had the privilege of interviewing Maureen Lang, author of “Look To The East” which is the first book in The Great War series published by Tyndale House Publishers.

The book begins with Charles Lassone meeting Julitte Toussaint in the little village of Briecourt in Northern France in August of 1914, the beginning of World War I. Charles is going home to his native Belgium to fight for the King yet he never makes it out of France and has to retreat back to Briecourt for sanctuary and to see Julit
Look to the East by Maureen Lang
Tyndale House, 2009
345 pages
Inspirational Historical Romance
3/5 stars
First in the Great War Series

Source: Library

Summary: Julitte lives in the small village Briecourt in France, which is soon invaded and taken over by Germans in 1914. In the cellar of the local church, she discovers Charles, a Belgian in hiding from the Germans. Will she have the faith in God to survive this terrible war?

When I've read other Christian historical romances, I've found it helpful to
Jul 09, 2011 Elaine rated it did not like it
Title: Look to the East.

Author: Maureen Lang.

Genre: Christian, Romance, Historical Fiction.

Plot: Stuck in a tree, Julitte Toussaint finds herself meeting the handsome Charles in a very awkward way when her tin box goes crashing down on his head. The wealthy young man, half American and half Belgium, is intent on going the Belgium army as World War One begins but when his car is commandeered, Charles wanders around the forested countryside of France, eventually befriending a French officer named
Julitte is the adopted daughter of Narcisse Toussaint, who brought her home from a leper colony somewhere off the Greek isles when she was just a girl. Despite her beauty, her faith, and her rosy health, however, many of the townsfolk continue to believe that she is dirty, diseased, and somehow contaminated by her origins. When war comes to France, Julitte and her neighbors take a great burden and risk upon themselves to hide several soldiers from the Germans who take over their town. Among them ...more
Rachel Dixon
Jun 08, 2015 Rachel Dixon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bookworm-mama
Out of the east comes a terror that will attempt to destroy the world.

At the dawn of World War I, the village of Briecourt is nestled in relative safety. That all changes when the German Imperial Army marches in and takes over. Life will never be the same for the villagers, who have had a family dispute for generations. Will having a common enemy finally bring them together? Julitte Toussaint, the adoptive daughter of a seaman, has to withstand the scorn of the de Colvilles for the shadows of he
Sep 08, 2014 Gayle rated it really liked it

Setting: World War I.

The Toussaints and de Colvilles have been feuding forever. The setting is a little village of Briecourt France. As the enemy enters the village they take homes, food, clothing and practically everything they could grab. The town was completely alone from the rest of France. Being a village that is alone, the townspeople begin to look into how to defend themselves as they depend on each other.They find people that have been detained behind the enemy lines and they hide
Gloria Sherwood
Sep 19, 2016 Gloria Sherwood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good clean historical Christian book

I loved the book and the characters, they were easy to relate to. I learned a lot about ww1, which I haven't read a lot about. The author is very talented and I appreciate all the scripture references and the central part about Christ our Lord.
Feb 02, 2016 Tima rated it it was ok
Julitte lives with her adopted family in the small village of Briecourt. Long before France went to war with the Germans, the town has been at war. Two families have been feuding since before any of them can remember. So when the Germans invade their town, the Toussaints and the de Colvilles must decide whether to unite against them or stay in their feud.

The book began by telling the story from two different view points; one of a Belgium man and the other from Julitte. It began slow and didn't
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
At the dawn of the First World War, the French provincial village of Briecourt is isolated from the battles, but the century-old feud between the Toussaints and the de Colvilles still rages in the streets. When the German army sweeps in to occupy the town, families on both sides of the feud must work together to protect stragglers caught behind enemy lines.

Julitte Toussaint may have been adopted from a faraway island, but she feels the scorn of the de Colvilles as much as anyone born a Toussaint
Margaret Chind
*This is a review of an ARC version.*

Maureen Lang has a great way with words to weave into a story. I enjoyed this book. Historical Fiction is my favorite genre, although I like to stay in the happier romances. This book was filled to the brim of chill-bump romance and true love, but the entire tone of the book was sad and cold because of the war background setting. For me that brought the book down a couple stars, but that is only my book preference. As far as the character likability, the main
Sep 12, 2009 Janna rated it it was amazing
Maureen Lang has written some good books. I enjoyed "On Sparrow Hill" which was a nice blend of historical and modern and then "My Sister Dilly" was a women's fiction with heart. But now she brings us "Look to the East", the first in The Great War series and I am very excited. While there seem to be lots of historicals written during WWII, I don't seem to find many that take place during WWI. This series looks like it will fill a gap in that era. And if "Look to the East" is any indication, then ...more
This is a christian romance with much praying, many references to God and his help in human affairs.
Julitte Toussaint adopted from an island near Greece when her parents died is unaware that her very wealthy grandparents living in Greece are hunting for her. Living in the small village of Briecourt in France, she meets Charles Lassone who is caught behind enemy lines and has to live in hiding before deciding to escape using the route of smugglers.
The line is very well done. The descriptions of t
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
Sep 05, 2009 Holly (2 Kids and Tired) rated it really liked it
Adopted as a child, young Julitte Toussaint grew up in a small French village. A century-old fued between her family and the deColvilles divides their small town. As World War 1 begins, the Germans invade Briecourt and the villagers hide some refugees. When Julitte falls in love with Charles Lassone, a Belgian trapped behind the German lines, she knows that danger awaits the village if he's discovered. As the war progresses and the Germans become more entrenched in Briecourt, Julitte must rely ...more
Aug 05, 2011 Lyndi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 15, 2011 Nancy marked it as to-read
My favorite genre is historical fiction with emphasis on WWII. One of the dangers of reading about war, of course, is being bombarded with soldier-talk which usually includes content I'd rather not use or hear, including a lot of "f" words. Lang uses her colorful language to articulate the story and dialogue without having to pepper the reader with other colorful language I would rather not read without changing the tone of the truth that war is ugly and people do not act the way they would ...more
Maureen Timerman
Jul 16, 2011 Maureen Timerman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-read
This is a really good book based on the First World War. The story takes place in Northern France, in a small Village Briecourt. I felt like I was at the Village, with the pictures Maureen Lang presented. Maybe sitting at the Well, and smelling the scents coming from Uncle Guys Bakery...sounds like a lovely place to live back in the early 1900's. The feud that has been going on as long as anyone can remember separates the villagers...the Toussaints and the de didn't sound like ...more
Dec 09, 2011 Kate rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
Juliette Toussaint aged 22 is taunted by Claudette de Colville. The Toussaints and Colvilles are at war with each other. Young men are being called into duty in WW1 and Pierre, brother to Juliette, is no exception. During the war soldiers harvested grain taking from the owners of the fields, so the owners would not benefit from the harvest, such is one "crime" in times of war. Charles is trying to stay one step ahead of the German troops. Charles' refuge now belonged to the Germans, who are ...more
Mar 25, 2013 Nicole rated it really liked it
This was my first book by Maureen Lang and I thoroughly enjoyed it! The characters were lovable and real, and the setting was picturesque. The plot really picked up about halfway through the book (though there was plenty going on before that), and during the last few chapters I gripped the book and growled in frustration at the characters and situations! I'm looking forward to moving on the 2nd book in the series (Whisper on the Wind), and I was so excited to read the synopsis for #3 (Springtime ...more
Darlene Ferland
Nov 07, 2010 Darlene Ferland rated it it was amazing
I won the second book in this series on Goodreads so I hunted for the first. I would rather read a series in order if it is possible. I did find it on Abebooks for but the prices began at $64 and up. Finally, I found a copy in England and I'm so glad I could read the first one before the copy arrives from Goodreads. The book is written with such description that thhe reader could feel what life was like in France during WWI. The reader can feel the emotions of the characters whether they are ...more
Feb 20, 2013 Rebecca rated it really liked it
What a way to start the new year. Such a good book. Made me so grateful for the simply things in life we sometimes take for granted like food, being able to walk about freely, good sleep, and so many other liberties we enjoy in America. Julitte's passion for the Lord and her willingness to conform to His will is inspiring. As is the struggle Charles goes through to overcome his feelings of cowardice and the unwavering love he has for Julitte that will have to read it to see how it ...more
Apr 03, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it
This is my first book by Maureen Lang. The novel was great for making you feel involved in the events in France and Belgium during the beginning of WW I, the historical details were wonderful, and you truly begin to understand the horrible circumstances many were living under. Although I really liked the two main characters, Charles and Julitte, I didn't feel as involved with them as some fictional characters by other authors; I just didn't feel like I knew them quite as well. The moral choices ...more
The first book in a trilogy set in Europe during the First World War. This book is set in a small Northern village in France that is occupied by German troops. The villagers are divided into two families that have been feuding for years. During the time of occupation these feelings are set aside so they can survive the occupation. Added to that is the addition of several refugees that the villagers hide. One of these refugees is a young man who claims both American and Belgian citizenship, and ...more
Amelia R
Jul 18, 2014 Amelia R rated it liked it
For me, a book really has to grab my attention from the beginning. The description sounded good-especially the "hiding in the church cellar from the Germans" part.
It was a drag. I never felt much of a connection to the characters, and they, especially the main lady, were not very believable at all. I somehow managed to finish it, spurred on by the hoping that it might get better! It might pick up towards the middle! Or maybe the very end....
Nope. Didn't happen. Very disappointing. :( Wouldnt r
Nov 18, 2012 Vicki added it
I haven't read much set in WWI so I was looking forward to learning more about that time in history. However this book have little historical back ground. I enjoyed this book for the soul purpose that the main character, Julitte, had great faith in Christ and her prayers were the most beautiful prayers I've ever heard. I loved the look I got into a personal and intimate relationship between human and diety when chaos and suffering were everywhere.
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Maureen Lang

Maureen Lang has always had a passion for writing. She wrote her first novel longhand around the age of 10, put the pages into a notebook she had covered with soft deerskin (nothing but the best!), then passed it around the neighborhood to rave reviews. It was so much fun she's been writing ever since.

Most of her books are historical, with an emphasis on faith and romance.

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