Spotlight: The Storm Breaks Forth by Terri Wangard (excerpt+review)

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The Storm Breaks ForthTitle: The Storm Breaks Forth
Author: Terri Wangard
Release Date: April 6, 2021
Genre: Christian Historical Fiction

World War I rages in Europe, and now the United States joins in. Peter Bloch heads to France with the Wisconsin National Guard, but his wife Maren is the one under attack. She’s German-born, and anti-German hysteria is running high. Simple suggestions for coping with wartime measures lead Maren into an active role in the community, but her service doesn’t help deflect suspicion from her. Zealous patriots target her with a vengeance. Peter caught the eye of a major who seems intent on using him as a spy. He’s been fortunate to avoid injury so far, but these activities are likely to get him killed. Peter and Maren dream of the day they will be reunited, but more and more, that day appears to be a mirage.

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Terri Wangard

Terri Wangard grew up in Green Bay, Wisconsin, during the Lombardi Glory Years. Her first Girl Scout badge was the Writer. These days she is writing historical fiction, and won the 2013 Writers on the Storm contest and 2013 First Impressions, as well as being a 2012 Genesis finalist. Holder of a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s degree in library science, she lives in Wisconsin. Her research included going for a ride in a WWII B-17 Flying Fortress bomber. Classic Boating Magazine, a family business since 1984, keeps her busy as an associate editor.

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Maren arrived home after midnight on Thursday. She yawned and dropped her notes and money envelope on the table. They could wait until morning. After the sun came up.

In the bedroom, she hung her dress in the armoire and slipped into her nightgown. Removing the pins from her hair, she shook it out and kneaded her scalp. Time for her weekly shampoo in the morning.

She raised the window an inch for fresh air. The Bonnard’s house was dark. Maren smiled. Katie must be slumbering. Rosaleen hadn’t said anything recently about her daughter’s new propensity for singing in the middle of the night.

In bed, she turned off the light and pulled Peter’s pillow close. Twilight was the hardest part of the day with him gone. That’s when families were supposed to be together after a long day. But nights weren’t much better. She missed his comforting presence when the house creaked and groaned, more than when he was home, it seemed.

As she prayed for his safety, a new sound floated through the window. Quiet footsteps tapped on the driveway. She clutched the pillow. Who would visit at this hour?

A woman’s voice said, “Do you have the file?”

“Yes, yes,” a man muttered.

The woman’s voice sounded vaguely familiar. It couldn’t be the Larsons, who’d given her a ride from the train station. She hadn’t heard their automobile and besides, she hadn’t left any files behind.

A sudden click sounded as loud as a gunshot. They had opened the house’s side door!

Maren pulled her bed sheet up to her chin. What could she do? Where could she hide?


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