Tags: Amish, Book Review, Christian Fiction, Romance Fiction
World War One or The Great War began in 1914 and ended in November of 1918. When “A Bond Never Broken” begins it is October of 1917 so there is slightly more than a year to go before this war ends though at the time no one knows this. War always causes great stress on those that are in it whether they are fighting where the battles are or are left at home and America was under a great deal of stress here at home. Anything or anyone German was under careful scrutiny whether they deserved it or not as “German” became a distasteful word during this war.
Jutta Schmidt left the Amana Colonies with her family who started a bakery. Now the Council of National Defense wants her to return to Amana and report back to them anything or anyone that Jutta may find suspicious. If she does not then the family bakery will be destroyed. Fearing for her family Jutta does what she is told, returns to Amana and takes a job in the hotel run by the family of Ilsa Redlich.
Ilsa Redlich is angry that her brother, Albert, has been forced to join the military and is fearful that her boyfriend, Garon, may follow him. So it is no wonder that Ilsa has disparaging remarks to say about the U. S. Government. Now it falls upon Jutta to make a decision to break the “Bond” that has developed between her and Ilsa or report what she has overheard.
“A Bond Never Broken” will cause all your emotions to rise up. You will get angry with the actions and inactions of certain characters. You will be sitting on the edge of your seat as the tension mounts with Jutta and her decisions. You will be outraged by the things that the anti-German sentiment causes individuals to do by and against their will. Judith Miller weaves in all emotion she can muster in this historical novel. “A Bond Never Broken” is a great ending to a series that no one really wants to see end. I recommend this book and, as always, look forward to whatever Ms. Miller writes next.
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Available March 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Bethany House.