About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Embers in the London Sky by Sarah Sundin

Embers in the London Sky

As the German army invades the Netherlands in 1940, Aleida van der Zee Martens escapes to London to wait out the Occupation. Separated from her three-year-old son, Theo, in the process, the young widow desperately searches for her little boy even as she works for an agency responsible for evacuating children to the countryside.

When German bombs set London ablaze, BBC radio correspondent Hugh Collingwood reports on the Blitz, eager to boost morale while walking the fine line between truth and censorship. But the Germans are not the only ones Londoners have to fear as a series of murders flame up amid the ashes.

The deaths hit close to home for Hugh, and Aleida needs his help to locate her missing son. As they work together, they grow closer and closer, both to each other and the answers they seek. But with bombs falling and continued killings, they may be running out of time.


She'd found her son, only to have him ripped from her arms again.
Once. Twice. Thrice

As I read this heartbreaking story, I couldn't help wondering how I would have survived the trauma of being separated from my child, but even worse, losing him during wartime. Would I have been as determined as Aleida or would I have spent my life grieving for the three-year-old who was taken from me? Author Sarah Sundin shares Aleida's emotional journey, beginning in The Netherlands in 1940, and leading her to London as she frantically searches for her little boy Theo. The dangers of WWII are always present, and the heartache never subsides, but Embers in the London Sky has so much more. Friendship, romance, and faith renewed; questions, murder, and the atrocities suffered during this war!

I can always count on the historical gems and the faith nuggets that Sundin weaves into her books. I wasn't aware of the huge number of children who were separated from their families in World War II, and Sundin reminds us that refugees have always been met with resistance! Embers in the London Sky is a soul-searching combination of history, mystery, and faith; and I highly recommend this engrossing story to all who enjoy historical Christian romance.

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher via Revell Reads. There was no obligation for a positive review.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Sarah Sundin enjoys writing about the drama and romance of the World War II era. She is the bestselling author of The Sound of Light ((2023), Until Leaves Fall in Paris (2022), When Twilight Breaks (2021), The Land Beneath Us (February 2020), The Sky Above Us (2019) and The Sea Before Us (2018), as well as the Waves of Freedom, Wings of the Nightingale series, and Wings of Glory series. Her novel The Sea Before Us received the 2019 Reader's Choice Award from Faith, Hope, and Love, Through Waters Deep and When Tides Turn were named to Booklist's "101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years," and Through Waters Deep won the 2016 INSPY Award and was a Carol Award finalist.

A mother of three, Sundin lives in northern California and teaches Sunday school and women's Bible studies. She enjoys speaking to community, church, and writers' groups. Sarah serves as the Program Director for West Coast Christian Writers Conference.

Learn more about Sarah and her books here. 

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