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Hope at Dawn

(Of Love and War #1)

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3.95  ·  Rating details ·  305 ratings  ·  97 reviews
IN A TIME OF WAR, LOVE IS THE INSPIRATION

With 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 darknes
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Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 24th 2014 by Forever
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Ash Wednesday
2.5 STARS
There 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 bei
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Emilee
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 t ...more
Katie W
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 engagin ...more
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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 alcohol
over her and their anticipated future.
So when a handsome young man notices her tears and takes the opportunity to invite Livy to the danc
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Jamie
Apr 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
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 A
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Debbie
Aug 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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Renee
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 tha ...more
Julia
Jun 23, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
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.
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Melanie
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Review on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/review/RC1AJ289...
Review on my blog (to be posted 7/19): http://christianbookshelfreviews.blog...

Hope 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 s
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Shauna
Jun 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 t
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Rachelle Cobb
May 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
What I Liked

The 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
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Dottie Legatos
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 wou ...more
Ashley
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
Lillian
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, ...more
Jenn
“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
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Mary
May 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Meredith Amelotti
Jun 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-books
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 por
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Jul 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Livy 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 Ge
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Sarah
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 the ...more
Cathleen
May 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 bei
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Melinda
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
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
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Barb
May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
“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 d
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Tiffany
Jul 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Kelly_Instalove
Tropes: World War I, Iowa, Small Town

Quick 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
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Jill
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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Lis K
Jun 11, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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 tha ...more
Betty
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 sh ...more
Psusan
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Michele
Feb 05, 2016 rated it liked it
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 bo
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Tarah
May 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was really excited to read this book, but with everything that has been happening it took me forever to actually read it. It was worth the wait though. I don't know if "Gripping" is the right word to describe this, but it was written in such a way to make to take a good look at myself and my own prejudices. Livy has to do that too, and she doesn't think she has any prejudices until they are brought up right in front of her. It's horrifying to realize that people can treat others in such a horr ...more
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Stacy Henrie, a USA TODAY bestselling author, has always had a love for history, fiction, and chocolate. She earned her B.A. in public relations before turning her attentions to raising a family and writing inspirational historical romances. Wife of an entrepreneur husband and a mother to three, Stacy loves to live out history through her fictional characters. In addition to author, she is also a ...more

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