Stolen Legacy - Very Interesting, thought-provoking.
March 26, 2015
Having more or less devoured all the Munson-books as soon as I could get my hands on them and in one go, I surprised myself dragging this one through several sittings. It's a great story, fascinatingly detailed and so true to the truth of that period, WWII.
I think it's the topic itself. It's not a rush-through story.
The finale of the book is very good. The Epilogue offered by the Munsons enhances this and offers some more details. Very helpful. I am glad the next book, EMBERS OF COURAGE, sort of picks up yet further.
A great plus is the totally clean language of the books. Though there is no doubt either when and that bad language was implied. (: )
A last, funny, observation - certain, hmm editing?, things seem to jump out at me. Not just in Stolen Legacy but in most books I read. In this case the "juice harp"; the jeweler's loop (?); and perhaps Martin was peddling while pedaling? As each item turned up in a serious situation, I was happy for the smiley relief.
I only just received EMBERS OF COURAGE and am tempted to dive in. I will make myself keep this one for a long plane trip next week and pray for the next book to be out soon. Yes, greedy is right.
Incidentally, the books are on my keeper shelf, ready for re-reading. Nobody should expect to borrow mine. Sorry, please, guys (and girls) get your own.
Federal Agent Eva Montanna and her family visit her grandfather, Martin Vander Goes, in Michigan. While there, she learns more of Grandpa Marty's history and work with the Dutch resistance in Holland during World War II. Modern-day intrigue is intertwined with his journal, which is written like a novel. Do the thefts and threats against her family have anything to do with her grandpa's war adventures or could they be from one of the criminals she's placed behind bars?
Eva is surprised to discover Grandpa Marty's involvement with the Jews and that he had served with the Monuments Men rescuing valuable artwork from the Nazis. Now his memory is failing, making it sometimes difficult to gain all the pertinent facts. A visit to Holland with Eva's family helps not only bring the past to life but renews an old relationship.
Stolen Legacy stands alone, but is the eighth thriller written by ExFeds Diane & David Munson, who know how to weave a tale that seems authentic.
It is one thing to read a suspense novel that tells the tale and when you have reached the end, you are finished with the book. Not so with Stolen Legacy. The characters, the settings (present and past), and most of all the ethics portrayed stay with you long after you read the last page.
Eva may be a federal agent, but she is also a wife, a mom, a daughter, and as we get to know her in this book, a granddaughter. Her family is of utmost importance to her and when she has reason to be concerned about her grandfather's safety, her training as a federal agent crosses from her professional life into her private life.
The Munsons have told the story of the Dutch Resistance in WWII through the eyes of Eva's grandfather, Grandpa Marty, as written in his journals when he was a young man. We read of those who laid their lives on the line daily in order to protect their Jewish neighbors from the invading German military. And we see how choices made decades ago play out generations later.
This is a book about heritage and identity and, yes, legacy. It is about living in an honorable way among those who do not . It is about standing up for what is right when that position could cost you your own life. And it is about love that spans the years -- familial love, brotherly love, romantic love, and ultimately God's love.
I would recommend this novel as a supplement to young people who are studying WWII. This will bring the history out of the text books and into their hearts. However, that does not mean that this book is written on an adolescent level, because it is not. It is worthy of being read by all of us to remind of what has happened in the past and give us vision for the future. As we read about the hope of those who struggled in the Netherlands and how their choices then determined their future years, we can take that message into our own lives and make choices today that may not be comfortable or convenient but will leave a legacy for generations to come.
(I received a complimentary copy of Stolen Legacy with the option to review it. I received no compensation for this review.)
It was a joy to break the binder on this wonderful new novel "Stolen Legacy." With every turn of a page, I was drawn deeper into the world of Eva Montana and her grandfather, Martin Vander Goes. This story of intrigue and mystery took me from the humble town of Zeeland, Michigan, all the way across the ocean to the little town of Middleburg, in the Netherlands. The story takes the reader back into the days of World War II and it involves great works of art and valuable jewels. To say anything more would be to give too much of this wonderful mystery away. Don't hesitate in the purchase of this great read. It is one mystery that you will not soon forget.