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The long awaited sequel to Diane Moody's bestselling Of Windmills and War . When the war finally ended in May of 1945, Lieutenant Danny McClain made good on his promise to come back for Anya in Holland. He expected her to put up a fight, but instead found her exhausted and utterly broken. Maybe it was unfair, asking her to marry him when she was so vulnerable. But this m The long awaited sequel to Diane Moody's bestselling Of Windmills and War . When the war finally ended in May of 1945, Lieutenant Danny McClain made good on his promise to come back for Anya in Holland. He expected her to put up a fight, but instead found her exhausted and utterly broken. Maybe it was unfair, asking her to marry him when she was so vulnerable. But this much he knew: he would spend a lifetime helping to make her whole again. The war had taken everything from Anya--her family, her friends, her home, her faith. She clung to the walls she'd fortressed around her heart, but what future did she have apart from Danny? At least she wouldn't be alone anymore. Or so she thought. When the American troops demobilize, Danny is sent home, forced to leave Anya behind in England. There she must wait with the other 70,000 war brides for passage to America. As England picks up the pieces of war's debris in the months that follow, Anya shares a flat with three other war brides in London and rediscovers the healing bond of friendships. Once again, Danny and Anya find themselves oceans apart, their marriage confined to little more than the handwritten pages of their letters while wondering if the shadow of war will ever diminish.


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The long awaited sequel to Diane Moody's bestselling Of Windmills and War . When the war finally ended in May of 1945, Lieutenant Danny McClain made good on his promise to come back for Anya in Holland. He expected her to put up a fight, but instead found her exhausted and utterly broken. Maybe it was unfair, asking her to marry him when she was so vulnerable. But this m The long awaited sequel to Diane Moody's bestselling Of Windmills and War . When the war finally ended in May of 1945, Lieutenant Danny McClain made good on his promise to come back for Anya in Holland. He expected her to put up a fight, but instead found her exhausted and utterly broken. Maybe it was unfair, asking her to marry him when she was so vulnerable. But this much he knew: he would spend a lifetime helping to make her whole again. The war had taken everything from Anya--her family, her friends, her home, her faith. She clung to the walls she'd fortressed around her heart, but what future did she have apart from Danny? At least she wouldn't be alone anymore. Or so she thought. When the American troops demobilize, Danny is sent home, forced to leave Anya behind in England. There she must wait with the other 70,000 war brides for passage to America. As England picks up the pieces of war's debris in the months that follow, Anya shares a flat with three other war brides in London and rediscovers the healing bond of friendships. Once again, Danny and Anya find themselves oceans apart, their marriage confined to little more than the handwritten pages of their letters while wondering if the shadow of war will ever diminish.

30 review for Beyond the Shadow of War

  1. 5 out of 5

    Joyce (Chloe)

    I am just like, awww, I am so happy I read the sequel to Of Windmills & War. I loved both books, and was enthralled with the characters in the stories.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda

    I was disappointed. This was the second book in a two book series that would have been more interesting as a couple of chapters added to the first book. I found it tedious.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Fergie

    ** 4 1/2 stars ** I am officially a Diane Moody fan. I love the characters she created for her trilogy of WWII historical fiction novels. Dutch Resistance fighter, Anya, and her flyboy American husband, Danny, survived the war that was the focus of Moody's first book in the series...OF WINDMILLS AND WAR. In this, her second book, BEYOND THE SHADOW OF WAR, the story finds Anya a war bride to Danny. Their new marriage is tested by their separation as Danny is forced to go back to America while his ** 4 1/2 stars ** I am officially a Diane Moody fan. I love the characters she created for her trilogy of WWII historical fiction novels. Dutch Resistance fighter, Anya, and her flyboy American husband, Danny, survived the war that was the focus of Moody's first book in the series...OF WINDMILLS AND WAR. In this, her second book, BEYOND THE SHADOW OF WAR, the story finds Anya a war bride to Danny. Their new marriage is tested by their separation as Danny is forced to go back to America while his new wife must wait with the other foreign brides until they can make their way to their new husbands and homeland. Moody writes with heart and compassion for her characters. Her story is filled with likable characters written with compelling, moving storytelling. This is one of those books that was simply hard to put down. In fact, I read the second and third installments together in less than two weeks. Highly recommend.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Piyushi Dhir

    Frankly, a disappointment after reading Windmills & War. While that book never lost its pace, this one, Beyond the Shadow of War, keeps going off the point. One does want to know what happens to Danny and Anya after the first book ends, and this book does start by going into the entire historical chapter of 'War Brides', but it spends almost as much time detailing baseball matches in US! If you really want to know their story after Book 1, read the parts about Anya in London and skim through Dan Frankly, a disappointment after reading Windmills & War. While that book never lost its pace, this one, Beyond the Shadow of War, keeps going off the point. One does want to know what happens to Danny and Anya after the first book ends, and this book does start by going into the entire historical chapter of 'War Brides', but it spends almost as much time detailing baseball matches in US! If you really want to know their story after Book 1, read the parts about Anya in London and skim through Danny's parts... But you could just skip this book all together...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    This was a great sequel to Of Windmills and War. It takes you through the difficulties, and sometimes harsh realities, of war brides trying to get back to their husbands. Although not a cliffhanger ending, it does leave room for a third book exploring what happens in America. Overall, it was a well written, easy read

  6. 4 out of 5

    Wanda Burquest

    Diane Moody's sequel to Of Windmills and War continues the story of the young people caught up in World War II. Danny and Anya move on into their relationship. The insights into post-war Great Britain were of great interest to me. I never knew what the war brides went through. Makes me want to do some more research. Diane Moody's sequel to Of Windmills and War continues the story of the young people caught up in World War II. Danny and Anya move on into their relationship. The insights into post-war Great Britain were of great interest to me. I never knew what the war brides went through. Makes me want to do some more research.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jolanthe Erb

    Second installment in the trilogy. Can be read alone, but honestly there is so much important back story that it wouldn’t be near as impactful without reading the first. While at times it feels like the author adds in unnecessary details/text, I will admit that this book actually made me tear up in a few places. ❤️

  8. 4 out of 5

    Carol A. Glaude

    Excess information Unnecessary information about baseball in this book. It distracted too much from the story line. Otherwise, I enjoyed the book.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Beyond The Shadow of War: The War Trilogy Book 2 is by Diane Moody. When I read the first book, I didn’t realize this was a trilogy. I am very glad that it is. This book just adds to the first one and makes the story come alive. The book is fantastic and is definitely worth reading. It is better than the first book which says a lot. This book begins after the end of the war. Danny and Anya have been reunited in England. They go to Framlingham where Danny is stationed. Charlie and Sophie are ther Beyond The Shadow of War: The War Trilogy Book 2 is by Diane Moody. When I read the first book, I didn’t realize this was a trilogy. I am very glad that it is. This book just adds to the first one and makes the story come alive. The book is fantastic and is definitely worth reading. It is better than the first book which says a lot. This book begins after the end of the war. Danny and Anya have been reunited in England. They go to Framlingham where Danny is stationed. Charlie and Sophie are there too. Charlie is married to Sophie and works in the Pub with her Father when he is not on duty. They welcome Anya with open arms and hearts and accept her into their family as they had Danny. Danny is waiting to be shipped home. They know that Anya won’t be able to go with him since he is flying a plane home and will be on duty. However, he wants to make sure she is on the list of brides and all the paperwork is done to get her home to him. The only thing making it easier to leave her is that she will be with Charlie and Sophie. Charlie had no family in the States so decided to stay in England with Sophie and her Dad. Finally, he has to leave and Anya has to stay. They have no idea how long they will be separated. They are back to writing letters. Danny is finally dismissed from the Army and begins school to finish his college degree. He finds it quite different than it was a year ago before he went to war. However, he is determined to finish. While there, he runs into his college girlfriend, Beverly. She had broken up with him and broke his heart. She had become engaged over the summer to Ronnie and let Danny find out the hard way. Now she was a widow. Ronnie had been killed in the Japanese war. He had left her and a girlfriend who was pregnant. Beverly had found this out the hard way. Now she begins to look to Danny for sympathy. Will he succumb to temptation? Meanwhile, Anya is going through the long, drawn-out process of trying to get to the US. She gets a break when Danny’s CO is finally leaving and his assistant puts Anya’s papers on top with a note to be processed quickly. Then, she decides to be extra nice to the Lieutenant who processes her in at the American Embassy in London. Because she chose to be kind instead of harass him after a long day of lines, he was nice in return and helped her process through and then kept her informed of where things were in the process. But just how long would the process last? There were over 70,000 war brides to be processed, most were British. Would a bride from the Netherlands be processed over them? Would she ever get to see Danny again?

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joyce

    The novel is the 2nd book in the War Trilogy by Diane Moody. I read the first novel in the triology a few years ago and had forgotten there would be novels continuing the story of Danny, an American Air Force pilot, and Anya, a Dutch young woman involved in the Dutch resistance during WWII. I enjoyed this book very much except for the 2 chapters describing Chicago Cubs baseball games. I had absolutely no interest in this and just skimmed over it. I saw no need to go into such detail on these game The novel is the 2nd book in the War Trilogy by Diane Moody. I read the first novel in the triology a few years ago and had forgotten there would be novels continuing the story of Danny, an American Air Force pilot, and Anya, a Dutch young woman involved in the Dutch resistance during WWII. I enjoyed this book very much except for the 2 chapters describing Chicago Cubs baseball games. I had absolutely no interest in this and just skimmed over it. I saw no need to go into such detail on these games. It added nothing to the story. This is why I have given it only 4 stars. However, the story of what happened to Anna during her 8 month wait in England to be able to go to the United States as a war bride was very interesting. I loved the characters in this story---especially the other war brides Anna becomes involved in. I also enjoyed reading about Danny's family in the United States. I am not going to go any further into the plot to avoid spoiling it for others. Although Christian faith is mentioned in this book, it is definitely not a preachy book.

  11. 5 out of 5

    sharon mason

    For Anya, even after the war ends, life remains a turmoil of emotions. Danny must leave England at war's end but must leave his young bride behind. It is so hard for Anya to adjust to peacetime especially away from the Netherlands where she spent so many years losing everyone she loved and worked as a very determined member of the resistance. In England she must learn to trust again, to make friends and to rely on strangers, all things she has avoided during the war years. The incredibly hard wai For Anya, even after the war ends, life remains a turmoil of emotions. Danny must leave England at war's end but must leave his young bride behind. It is so hard for Anya to adjust to peacetime especially away from the Netherlands where she spent so many years losing everyone she loved and worked as a very determined member of the resistance. In England she must learn to trust again, to make friends and to rely on strangers, all things she has avoided during the war years. The incredibly hard waiting for passage to America to join Danny is exhausting, frustrating and exasperating. But finally, after many months of waiting, Anya joins the boatload of hundreds of other War Brides for their new homes. Keep in mind however, that nothing in Anya's life has come easy, her journey is burdened with loss, tragedy and nightmares. The strength and courage Anya displays throughout this second book of the trilogy makes her ultimately an exceptional heroine worthy of her own book.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Gordon

    This second book in the trilogy follows Anya and Danny as they stagger through the dark days at the end of the war and during its aftermath when all of Europe was consumed by flames at war's end. I'm not going to tell the story as it emerges in this tome, but I'll say this about the author's view of the world. At this late date in my life, I'm amazed that I've come upon the grace of God. This group of books is not beset by sin and evil on the part of our protagonists or those around them. In spi This second book in the trilogy follows Anya and Danny as they stagger through the dark days at the end of the war and during its aftermath when all of Europe was consumed by flames at war's end. I'm not going to tell the story as it emerges in this tome, but I'll say this about the author's view of the world. At this late date in my life, I'm amazed that I've come upon the grace of God. This group of books is not beset by sin and evil on the part of our protagonists or those around them. In spite of the flames of the world and evil of Nazi predations, our characters come from families of faith (Anya's dad is a minister and Betty, Danny's mom, is a committed Christian). The protagonists react to the physical attacks they suffer by praying more and hoping that God will save them in the midst of the storms that surround their lives. We learn a great deal about the Operation Chowhound, a mission of mercy by the US bombers left after the war that began to drop tons of food and necessities on the Netherlands. The shipping of thousands of war brides from Europe to their husbands in the US is another dominant subplot in the second book. It deserves our time and appreciation. As well, the value of faith and prayer to the happiness of the protagonists, their families and the people of Europe cannot be underestimated. There is no subplot of deception or even loss of faith although Anya, who has lost everyone feels the dark night of her soul.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Patti

    This is the continuing story of Anya and Danny as the war has ended and he must return home to Chicago alone. Anya is left in England to endure the long tangle of paperwork and red tape before permission is granted for thousands of war brides to enter the US. The process is arduous, a test of love, and incredible patience on both ends of the marriage. For those of us who are not of that generation, it gives us a good look of what it was like for thousands of war brides. The road was not easy, an This is the continuing story of Anya and Danny as the war has ended and he must return home to Chicago alone. Anya is left in England to endure the long tangle of paperwork and red tape before permission is granted for thousands of war brides to enter the US. The process is arduous, a test of love, and incredible patience on both ends of the marriage. For those of us who are not of that generation, it gives us a good look of what it was like for thousands of war brides. The road was not easy, and many problems became life changing, some happy, some sad. For me, the criticism of “too much about the Chicago Cubs” by a couple reviews, (including my friend who only read 100 pages and quit) was unfair. The ’45 World Series and Anya’s letters were Danny’s lifeline to sanity while enduring the long wait. And the couple chapters detailing the ’45 Cubs were certainly tolerable. I read enough for the gist and scanned the remainder. It was fine. I finished this part of the trilogy enjoying the incredible shores of Fiji. Only sorry I didn’t have book #3 here with me. I absolutely will read it when I get home. Another enjoyed read Diane Moody!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Marty Moore

    This has been one of the best books - along with the first book  "Of Windmills Of War", that I've ever read!! These two books told such harrowing experiences, such atrocities that happened during WWII. But more than getting across the horrors of war, Diane Moody, accurately captured the emotional, physical and psychological wounds of war! Ayana, was perfectly written. I'm in awe of Diane Moody's writing and very few authors get that praise. I'm ready to read any and everything Diane Moody writes This has been one of the best books - along with the first book  "Of Windmills Of War", that I've ever read!! These two books told such harrowing experiences, such atrocities that happened during WWII. But more than getting across the horrors of war, Diane Moody, accurately captured the emotional, physical and psychological wounds of war! Ayana, was perfectly written. I'm in awe of Diane Moody's writing and very few authors get that praise. I'm ready to read any and everything Diane Moody writes! You'll love this book, but read them in order to really get the full story. She does a great job of catching up anyone who might have read this book first, but you really get the feel of this story, you need both.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Gophergirl58

    Such realism! While it may feel a bit slow at times, but Moody, I’m sure, was going for realism: what was going on with Anya after all the tragedy and horrors of the war that she experienced, and Danny wanting to share all he loved with his new wife: his life in Chicago - including his beloved Cubs - and of course, his family. It had been some time since I had read the first book, so I was happy that there were some reminders within this story although some were difficult reminders of what Anya Such realism! While it may feel a bit slow at times, but Moody, I’m sure, was going for realism: what was going on with Anya after all the tragedy and horrors of the war that she experienced, and Danny wanting to share all he loved with his new wife: his life in Chicago - including his beloved Cubs - and of course, his family. It had been some time since I had read the first book, so I was happy that there were some reminders within this story although some were difficult reminders of what Anya experienced in her homeland. I would have liked to have seen more of their faith in action, not just from Danny’s mother; that was my biggest regret of the story. But, we all can’t be pleased. Anyway, I’m on to book 3, so we shall see what Moody has in store for her readers.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Cathy Bickerstaff

    Beyond the Shadows of War, sequel to Of Windmills and War, is a very looking book. I would have given it 4 stars if it hadn't been so long. It was very well researched, with a bibliography at the end, with interesting characters, as well as being true to history. It was definitely worth the effort to finish it. It is not as dark as Of Windmills and War, as the war is over. There are plenty of problems and had things still happen, but all in all, it's a happier book. If you're one of the people t Beyond the Shadows of War, sequel to Of Windmills and War, is a very looking book. I would have given it 4 stars if it hadn't been so long. It was very well researched, with a bibliography at the end, with interesting characters, as well as being true to history. It was definitely worth the effort to finish it. It is not as dark as Of Windmills and War, as the war is over. There are plenty of problems and had things still happen, but all in all, it's a happier book. If you're one of the people that wait for a whole series to be published before you read the first book, you should like this. For whatever reason, I "rest" between books in a series. Definitely read Of Windmills and War first, but I will wait before I read From the Ashes of War, but I do plan to read it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sven

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The first book was really good and I was very excited when I found out this is a trilogy and got the second book to read. Well they should have stopped after the first book. That book wrapped up nicely with the end of the war and the couple living happily ever after. The ENTIRE second book was about the separation of the war pilot husband back to America while his war bride was stuck in England waiting for transit to America. Finally she starts on the journey and there was a brief exciting momen The first book was really good and I was very excited when I found out this is a trilogy and got the second book to read. Well they should have stopped after the first book. That book wrapped up nicely with the end of the war and the couple living happily ever after. The ENTIRE second book was about the separation of the war pilot husband back to America while his war bride was stuck in England waiting for transit to America. Finally she starts on the journey and there was a brief exciting moment as the ship runs into a storm and nearly sinks. Then the couple is reunited and they live happily ever after. Again. What could the third book in the series possibly be about? Sadly I was hooked on the first book so I will probably add it to my want to read list.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Cooper

    I really enjoyed the 1st novel in this trilogy, but this book was unimpressive; I never felt connected to Ayna, like I did in the first novel, or felt like she actually loved Danny. I know she was working thru the horrors of life thru war, that would make her disconnected, but even in her view chapters, I could not connect with her thru disconnection. Her love for Danny felt forced, not natural. The entire story felt forced and the 2 (or 3) chapters that were solely dedicated to Cubs Baseball ju I really enjoyed the 1st novel in this trilogy, but this book was unimpressive; I never felt connected to Ayna, like I did in the first novel, or felt like she actually loved Danny. I know she was working thru the horrors of life thru war, that would make her disconnected, but even in her view chapters, I could not connect with her thru disconnection. Her love for Danny felt forced, not natural. The entire story felt forced and the 2 (or 3) chapters that were solely dedicated to Cubs Baseball just about ruined the entire book for me. I ended up skipping those chapters as they were overdone, and when I finished the book it was a huge relief. But then I tortured myself with the 3 book in the series....

  19. 5 out of 5

    Andrea anetzley

    Poignant I didn't really know what this book was about before I picked it up, but I am so glad I did! My mother had been an English war bride, you see. She never talked about it. It must have been very traumatic for her. I would like to thank Diane Moody for writing this book. It has made me appreciate my mother more. She's been gone almost 20 years now. I wish I had asked more questions. This book is a tear-jerker. But so full of faith and truth, and characters you can look up to. Great book! Poignant I didn't really know what this book was about before I picked it up, but I am so glad I did! My mother had been an English war bride, you see. She never talked about it. It must have been very traumatic for her. I would like to thank Diane Moody for writing this book. It has made me appreciate my mother more. She's been gone almost 20 years now. I wish I had asked more questions. This book is a tear-jerker. But so full of faith and truth, and characters you can look up to. Great book!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    This was a great sequel that I think I even liked better than the first one. Until recently I had never heard much about the "war brides" and I have really enjoyed learning about this party of history. Also what I originally mistook for cheesy dialogue in the first book, isn't so much cheesy as it is abundant. These books are very dialogue heavy. There's nothing wrong with it, it just takes some getting used to reading every little word spoken in a conversation. Anyway, I think this is a great s This was a great sequel that I think I even liked better than the first one. Until recently I had never heard much about the "war brides" and I have really enjoyed learning about this party of history. Also what I originally mistook for cheesy dialogue in the first book, isn't so much cheesy as it is abundant. These books are very dialogue heavy. There's nothing wrong with it, it just takes some getting used to reading every little word spoken in a conversation. Anyway, I think this is a great series and I'm looking forward to the third book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kelli

    I liked the first book, despite a rather simplistic writing style. I was interested in the characters enough to read this second book. I should have just stuck with the first book. In my opinion, this book was very predictable and fairly bland. There's too much about baseball and American colloquialisms that Anya didn't understand. Also, I'm not sure if it is just me, but I almost felt that the author tried to insert too many historical tidbits into the story that just didn't seem to naturally f I liked the first book, despite a rather simplistic writing style. I was interested in the characters enough to read this second book. I should have just stuck with the first book. In my opinion, this book was very predictable and fairly bland. There's too much about baseball and American colloquialisms that Anya didn't understand. Also, I'm not sure if it is just me, but I almost felt that the author tried to insert too many historical tidbits into the story that just didn't seem to naturally flow into the story. I don't think I'm going to bother with the third book..

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    Disappointing This is the second book of a trilogy. The first was okay, and I haven’t read the third yet, and am not sure now that I will. This book read like a bunch of facts with some dialogue interspersed to try to make it work. I never felt totally absorbed in the story. For me, the worst part was the section with a play by play of the Cubs game. If I wanted to read about a baseball game, I would be reading the sports section of the newspaper, not an historical novel. Read it if you want, bu Disappointing This is the second book of a trilogy. The first was okay, and I haven’t read the third yet, and am not sure now that I will. This book read like a bunch of facts with some dialogue interspersed to try to make it work. I never felt totally absorbed in the story. For me, the worst part was the section with a play by play of the Cubs game. If I wanted to read about a baseball game, I would be reading the sports section of the newspaper, not an historical novel. Read it if you want, but this is not a “don’t miss it” book.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Pieck

    This second novel in Moody's World War II trilogy follows Danny and his new bride as they struggle to reunite in Chicago. It gets off to a somewhat slow start, and after such a wide range of well-drawn characters sharing the stage in Book 1, the tight focus on the couple feels a bit constricting. But once we've gotten past the honeymoon and the newlyweds are each experiencing life on their own, the pace picks up and we find ourselves absorbed in the goings-on of assorted family and friends. Nothin This second novel in Moody's World War II trilogy follows Danny and his new bride as they struggle to reunite in Chicago. It gets off to a somewhat slow start, and after such a wide range of well-drawn characters sharing the stage in Book 1, the tight focus on the couple feels a bit constricting. But once we've gotten past the honeymoon and the newlyweds are each experiencing life on their own, the pace picks up and we find ourselves absorbed in the goings-on of assorted family and friends. Nothing is fully resolved at the end, leaving the stage set for Book 3.

  24. 4 out of 5

    R.j.

    A satisfactory sequel. I enjoyed this book, but you absolutely need to read the other book first to really get this story. I loved getting a bit more of Danny and Anya's story. I wish there was more to this story after the ending. I also wish there was less baseball. I am not a fan. Otherwise a solid book. It leans to the telling rather than showing, but good and worth it. The first was better, but this is a solid addition. A satisfactory sequel. I enjoyed this book, but you absolutely need to read the other book first to really get this story. I loved getting a bit more of Danny and Anya's story. I wish there was more to this story after the ending. I also wish there was less baseball. I am not a fan. Otherwise a solid book. It leans to the telling rather than showing, but good and worth it. The first was better, but this is a solid addition.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I enjoyed Of Windmills and War more than Beyond the Shadow of War. Too much focus was placed on the World Series and it didn't really add to the story. I skimmed those sections. Characters are loveable and over all, a good read. I do recommend that book 1 (Of Windmill and War) be read before book 2, to really understand the mental effect of the war on Anya. At this time, I am not sure if I will be reading book 3. I enjoyed Of Windmills and War more than Beyond the Shadow of War. Too much focus was placed on the World Series and it didn't really add to the story. I skimmed those sections. Characters are loveable and over all, a good read. I do recommend that book 1 (Of Windmill and War) be read before book 2, to really understand the mental effect of the war on Anya. At this time, I am not sure if I will be reading book 3.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gail

    Wonderful Second part of The War Trilogy With The War ended, Danny and Anya marry but are soon parted as he must return to the U.S. . Anya is left to wait until arrangements can be made for her and the thousands of other War Brides to be sent to the U.S. A very emotional book with many parts being years to my eyes. Very authentic and historically correct book thank to research by the author.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Audrey

    World War Two is finally over and Danny and Anja are able to get married. After a brief honeymoon in London, Danny needs to return to America leaving Anja behind. it is quite the ordeal to get her and the rest of the war brides home to America. While she waits Anja gets a job and makes new friends. Then is the grueling passage on ship through stormy waters. When she finally reaches her new homeland she is greeted with a heartwarming welcome.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    Definitely a must-read This book is an amazing series centered around world war II. The historical accuracy is phenomenal. Characters are three dimensional, situations are realistic, and I absolutely adore the way that the author touched on what we now call PTSD. From the get-go, I was obsessed with finding out what happened to Danny and Anya. This author did not disappoint. I cannot recommend this series highly enough.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie Bluebonnet

    Of Windmills of War was an incredible book! I gave it 4 stars. Of Windmills set an incredibly high standard. It was hard to maintain for the remainder of the trilogy. I think Beyond the Shadow and From the Ashes could have been condensed into one book. Beyond the Shadow is about waiting for a boat. From the Ashes is prolonged summary of the first two books. Overall, the trilogy as a whole was entertaining. Any reader can fall in love with Danny and Anya from start to finish.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Felica Jones

    Oh, how I adored of windmills and war. I could not wait to continue on to the second book. all that anya and danny went through to be together. such a bittersweet story. and it really made me curious about the real life war brides. so of course I bought several books on that topic. anyway, as soon as I finish this review, I will continue with the 3rd book in this trilogy. diane moody is magnificent!

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