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Helena and Max are just two normal cousins living in north-east Austria. But when Hitler takes over Germany and the unrest grows against the Jews, their families become two of many, helping Germany's Jews across the border. Then, on the night the Anschluss is signed and on their way to deliver a secret message, Helena and Max are captured by a high-ranking officer in the W ...more
Paperback, 90 pages
Published August 29th 2015 by Lulu.com
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Sarah Grace Grzy
My dear Jesseca Wheaton,
Please write more WWII novels.
Sincerely, your faithful servant, Sarah Grace.

I LOVE LOVE LOVED THIS BOOK! Yes, there were the grammatical errors, the occasional bad sentence structure, and the typos that most debut indie novels have, and usually I have a hard time getting past those mistakes. BUT, not with this one! Wowza Jesseca! This story was amazing! It grabbed me from the beginning, and I had such a hard time putting it down to go to bed. The following morning I pick
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Bethany
Recommended: Ages 12+

I usually enjoy stories about the Jews and Nazis during WW1 and WW2, but Dark Storm Rising is one of the best I’ve come across yet! The characters are so well-developed, which is hard to do properly in a short story; the plot is brilliant, as well as perfectly believable: you can just imagine something like that happening to two teenagers during the war!

I found myself liking Major Ramond, with his heavy German accent and love of flowers, and I couldn’t help feeling sorr
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RebekahAshleigh
“Dark Storm Rising” is a nice short book. I don’t usually read books set in this time and place, but it was pretty good.
Shantelle
I really enjoyed this exciting tale by Jesseca Wheaton! Dark Storm Rising is her debut novel, and is a short-ish story set in Austria and surrounding the lives of cousins Max and Helena. Their peaceful existence is suddenly thrown upside down as they come face to face with some of Hitler's men one night in a time of unrest.

As I said above, so enjoyable! Though set in a terrible time, with danger and uncertainty, it really was fun and exciting to read. This book somewhat reminded me of a Nancy Dr
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Deborah
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Dark Storm Rising is excellent! The plot, intriguing; the message, meaningful; and the characters are unforgettable. A must read!
J.C.
Oct 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
A quick, fun, sweet read, with deeper elements that were yet delivered in a lighthearted style, Dark Storm Rising was all-around a good read. What it lacked in length, it made up for in plot—it was full of excitement and action, the characters were well-developed, and there were lots of twists and turns.

Plotline: The plotline was very well structured, with each scene and each character contributing greatly to the plot. The characters were well done. The twists were smart and clever. The settin
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Katja
3.5 stars & 4/10 hearts. This is Jesseca Wheaton's first published book. I have read all of her other works and I know that she has improved immensely in her writing. However, even this book is enjoyable--and as a copyeditor and an author, I don't say that lightly. Somehow Wheaton has the power to make you overlook the flaws. The characters are well done--I like Daniel, and I love the Major (how I hope he was redeemed!) and I thoroughly dislike Ubel, and the other characters I liked or disliked ...more
Kellyn Roth
Originally posted on Reveries Reviews.

Title: Dark Storm Rising

Author: Jesseca Wheaton

Genre: historical adventure

Era: 1938 (WW2)

Setting: Austria, Europe

Publisher: Jesseca Wheaton

Source: from author (in exchange for honest review)

Overall Rating: 4/5

Helena and Max are just two normal cousins living in north-east Austria. But when Hitler takes over Germany and the unrest grows against the Jews, their families become two of many, helping Germany's Jews across the border.

Then, on the night the Anschlu
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Lydia Coral
A sweet story about a time and a place which is not as often written about as it should be.
My biggest problem with it was that Max and Helena told so many lies, and so did those who tried to help them. I feel that could have easily been left out. Also, it annoyed me that the characters spoke using very modern dialogue, and used modern slang (e.g., ‘guy’, ‘ok’, etc.).
But other than that, it was a nice story, and I found myself (view spoiler)
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Angie Thompson
It's always interesting to read an early work by a favorite author. :) While there are aspects of this story that are pretty rough, the characters are interesting and have some intriguing flashes of depth. The lessons were good, as well, and I'd have loved to see the characters' inner struggles expanded on a bit more.

Content--gunplay, including deaths; mentions of injuries, wounds, and blood (not graphic); children threatened, intimidated, and treated roughly; mentions of Nazi exterminations of
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Jesseca is a daughter, sister, and a child of God. Her days are spent reading, cooking, spending time with siblings, or playing piano. And writing, of course! At an early age words fascinated her, and her love for the printed page has only grown. She lives with her parents and seven siblings in the sunny state of Kansas, and she’s convinced there’s no place like home.

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