The storm continues to interrupt from Terri Wangard

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Everyone's victims

The Storm Breaks Forth by Terri Wangard is a wonderful historical novel based on the last year of the First World War.

Terri Wangard has written a powerful story examining the effects of the war on the home front and the front for German Americans.

When America entered the war, those of German ancestry were viewed with suspicion. A witch hunt by some meant innocent citizens were interred in camps throughout the conflict.

Husbands, brothers and sons were called up to fight. The reader sees the ups and downs of training before being sent overseas.

France drowned in mud and stalemate. The lines of battle drawn in 1914 had barely moved as young men were being used as cannon fodder on both sides. The conditions were terrible. The mud, rats, and lice were easy to visualize thanks to Terri Wangard's powerful pen.

Life on the home front was tough in another way. Women left behind had to learn to cope on their own. Those with German heritage faced prejudice and hatred from common people.

There were those at home who worked tirelessly for the war effort – buying war bonds, making patriotic speeches, organizing packages for the troops – who were giving them up.

As if war wasn't enough, there was also a flu epidemic.

Terri Wangard has produced powerful reading that shows the effects of war on everyone. In hindsight, it's so terrible to know that to end all wars, the war didn't do it. Thanks to Terri Wangard for another fabulous read.

I received this book for free. A positive rating was not required and all views expressed are my own.

JULIA WILSON

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