Book Review, Historical

Book Review – Yours Is The Night

Yours Is The Night

by Amanda Dykes

A mysterious song in the forest . . .
A discovery in war-torn France . . .
A journey toward hope.

The trenches of the Great War are a shadowed place. Though Platoon Sergeant Matthew Petticrew arrived there with a past long marked by shadow, the realities of battle bring new wounds–carving within him a longing for light, and a resolve to fight for it.

One night, Matthew and his comrades are enraptured by a sound so pure, a voice so ethereal, it offers reprieve–even if only for a moment. Soon, rumors sweep the trenches from others who have heard the lullaby too. “The Angel of Argonne,” they call the voice: a mysterious presence who leaves behind wreaths on unmarked graves.

Raised in the wild depths of the Forest of Argonne, Mireilles finds her reclusive world rocked when war crashes into her idyllic home, taking much from her. When Matthew and his two unlikely companions discover Mireilles, they must embark on a journey that will change each of them forever . . . and perhaps, at long last, spark light into the dark.

On the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier comes an emotive tale inspired by the courageous soldiers of World War I.

My Thoughts

This story was incredibly amazing. It spoke deeply to my heart.
Amanda Dykes has a way of bringing to life those dark, dark days of the Great War, showing us tiny beams of light that shone in the midst of all that darkness.
This is one of those stories that grips you so deeply, you know you won't soon forget it.
The story is just beautiful. It took me a bit to read, and then to process, before I could start writing a review that would even come close to doing it justice...
Matthew Petticrew has had an unusual childhood. This book is his story, and the large part of it happens during WWI. 
This is also a story about the Angel of the Argonne. Mira. A girl who grew up deep in the forest, living only with her Papa and her Grand-Pere. Until the war reached their forgotten corners of the world.
Then we see how their two worlds collided - Matthew and Mira. Matthew wants to do nothing more than rescue Mira, keep her safe. Is it even possible when there are soldiers everywhere in her beloved France? 
Secondary characters include several of Matthew's fellow soldiers. (and others, too, of course) An honest look at humanity, and the terrible realities of a war like that one.
This story gives us an unusual look at this Great War. Beautiful characters. Lovely setting.
I found myself quickly falling in love with all of it.
This is a book that will linger with me for a long time. 

Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

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