Book Review: Defy The Night

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Defy The Night
By Heather Munn and Lydia Munn

If no one will do anything she'll have to do it herself. In 1941, France is still "free" But fifteen year old Magali is frustrated by the cruel irony of pretending life is normal when food is rationed new clothes are a rarity and most of her friends are refugees. And now the government is actually helping the Nazis. Someone has got to do something but it seems like no one has the guts - until Paquerette arrives. Smuggling refugee children is Paquerette's job. And she asks Magali to help. Working with Paquerette is scary and exhausting but Magali never doubts that it is the right thing to do. Until her brash actions put those she loves in danger.

Heather Munn grew up in France where her parents and grandparents were missionaries. She lives with her husband and son in a Christian intentional community in rural Illinois. Lydia Munn worked for many years in St. Etienne near Le Chambon Sur Lignon the village that inspired the setting of both How Huge the Night and Defy the Night.

I have to admit I'm kind of a sucker for historical books like Rest Not In Peace and A Match Made In Texas they just really have a great way of getting you into the story. Unlike most though Defy the Night doesn't try to sugar coat the past and instead makes a hero out of a fifteen year old, a character that can serve as an inspiration. The book is a great read, and very easy to do so. 

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