Tuesday, November 15, 2016

No Peace with the Dawn by E.B. Wheeler and Jeffery Bateman {Review}

No Peace with the Dawn by E.B. Wheeler and Jeffery Bateman
Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 1st 2016 by Bonneville 
In 1917, the Great War seems far from Logan, Utah. But soon it will change the lives of suffragette and mechanic Clara, Swiss-German immigrant and LDS convert Trudi, Marine Corps volunteer Reed, and Shoshone seeking U.S. citizenship Joseph. This novel weaves real events with compelling fictional characters into a sweeping tale of war, romance, self-discovery, and sacrifice.  


My Review: 4.5 Stars
This story follows a couple of college age friends at the beginnings of the Great War (WWI). The first part of the book really shows the spunky, spit-fire attitude of Clara, her more demure brother, Alonzo, their immigrant friend, Trudi, a cocky flirt, Reed, and a Shoshone friend, Joseph, along with several other characters. I loved seeing what their college experience was like, what they did for fun, and the way life was in Logan, Utah a century ago. With that threat of war looming, things change and the resulting experiences each character had was very enlightening, entertaining, and heartbreaking.
This book takes place in a small town in Northern Utah and it really hit home for me. I attended the very college that these characters did, although it has a different name now; my ancestors and relatives lived and worked in these same areas; In fact, I grew up very near this area and one whole side of my family were Swiss-German immigrants who lived in this very area during this time. I had no idea that there were such prejudices against them. My mother-in-law deals very closely with the Shoshone tribe and again, I had no idea what was going on almost 100 years ago. Books like this are what really make history come alive for me. My great-grandfather fought in this war and I really don't know as much about it and this era as I do WWII. It was easy to cast my relatives into the story and I really did enjoy it.
I love how the view changes from Europe to back home, so the reader gets a sense of what is happening in both places. This story is crafted in a way that really draws a reader in and doesn't let go until the book is completed. This is a great read for anyone wanting to experience history in a great way.

Content: mild religious references, as the characters are LDS (Mormon); moderate war violence (nothing too graphic); mild romance (kissing).

*I received a copy from the publisher. My review is voluntary and all thoughts are my own.*

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About the Authors:
E.B. Wheeler grew up in Georgia and California. She earned her BA in history from BYU and has graduate degrees in British history and landscape architecture from Utah State University. She’s the award-winning author of “The Haunting of Springett Hall,” the historical romance “Born to Treason” and is a member of the League of Utah Writers. She lives in northern Utah with her family.

Jeff Bateman served in the U.S. Air Force for 32 years, retiring as a Colonel in 2010. He holds a BA and MS in Criminal Justice, an MA in History and an MS in Strategic Studies. Following his military career, Jeff worked as a civilian historian at the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Air Force Flight Test Center. He teaches American Military History and U.S. Institutions at Utah State University and is a member of the League of Utah Writers. He has taught workshops on military writing. Jeff lives on a mini-farm in the mountains of Northern Utah, where horses, gardening, and playing the bass fill every minute he is not writing or teaching..

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