German American, Beth Bridgewater is living in Munich with her aunt and uncle when World War II erupts. As a Quaker, she doesn’t believe in solving conflicts with violence. Despite the danger, she decides to remain in Europe even when presented with the chance to escape.
Josef Buch believes in Germany but not in the Nazi Party. Without concern for his well-being, he joins a secret resistance. As Josef and Beth’s lives intertwine, they join forces in their non-violent war on oppression while falling in love with each other.
Romance, danger, and hope are just a few of the ingredients melded into Anna Schmidt’s All God’s Children as she carries readers back into a dark time in history. I greatly enjoyed how the author seamlessly wove true events into the story, often making it impossible to know where reality ended and fiction began.
I did struggle with Beth though. She came across as reckless rather than spontaneous, and stupid rather than brave. I agreed with her belief in helping people, even at personal risk. I just couldn’t get on board with the way she did it. Her often rash decisions continually put her, the ones she helped, as well as her family and loved ones in greater danger than they already were. Her naivety and behavior also made Beth appear much younger than her age.
Josef and Beth make a cute couple, but the beginning stages of their relationship are brushed over very quickly. I wanted to see them get to know each other and discover the things that would attract them to the other. As is, they jump from meeting to love, and the reader doesn’t catch a good glimpse of the in-between.
Nonetheless, All God’s Children presented a quick and interesting read that I can comfortably recommend to historical fiction fans. I’ll be on the lookout for the upcoming installments in the series. I’ll enjoy discovering what other adventures await the characters.
Review copy provided by publisher via NetGalley. Thanks!
**Originally posted on Fiction Addict.