Release Date: July 25, 2017
Publisher: eLectio Publishing, LLC
About the Book:
Set in April 1942, Under Fire tells the story of Ruth Brown whose missing sister Jane is declared dead. Convinced her sister is still alive, Ruth follows clues from their small New Hampshire town to war-torn London trying to find her. Discovering that Jane has been murdered results in a faith crisis for Ruth, and she decides she must find Jane’s killer. With the help of a German resistance member, Ruth catches the culprit and renews her relationship with God.
“Under Fire” by Linda Shenton Matchett was quite an interesting read. The beginning was a little slow and hard to get into at first, but it needed time to build the story and development. If you are a fan of WWII historical fiction with a lot of mystery, then you’ll want to check this out.
Part of the reason that I enjoy reading historical fiction novels is that I always learn something new. When it comes to Mrs. Matchett’s novel, we learn quite a bit about the IRA and how they aided Nazis. We also have an opportunity to explore the German Resistance, something that I would love to see the author explore in later novels. This was original and unique because this isn’t a topic that I’ve come across in historical fiction. I also enjoyed having a strong female character who wasn’t afraid to have what was considered a man’s “job” as a reporter. She was able to hold down the sneers and bad remarks from the men around her, yet she remained feminine at the same time. Although Ruth is quite stubborn and has a reporter’s instinct, she isn’t afraid to swallow her pride and ask for help when she needs it.
The themes in this book were also fantastic. The author explores questions such as, “Why does God let bad things happen?” The author did a fantastic job in explaining this in a realistic and relatable way without being preachy.
I would love to see a sequel because I can see Ruth getting herself into some more trouble and finding yet another mystery to solve. Highly recommended!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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About Linda Shenton Matchett
Linda Shenton Matchett is a journalist, blogger, and author. Born in Baltimore, Maryland, a stone’s throw from Fort McHenry, Linda has lived in historical places most of her life. She is a volunteer docent at the Wright Museum of WWII and as a Trustee for the Wolfeboro Public Library. Active in her church Linda serves as treasurer, usher, choir member, and Bible study leader. She is the author of several romance novellas and novelettes. Under Fire, the first in her trilogy about amateur sleuth/war correspondent Ruth Brown has just been released by eLectio Publishing (electiopublishing.com).