Author: Jesseca Wheaton
My Rating: ★★★★☆
Summary from Goodreads:
A man. A child. A war.
When German soldiers invade France during World War II, young Joyanna's perfect world is shattered. In the hands of those who hate her, she battles to comprehend why people can be so ruthless and cold toward those whom they have never met.
David Sullivan, pilot in the Royal Air Force, was certain he would never hate, but a painful loss forces him to either reconsider or do the inconceivable—forgive. He is suddenly challenged by the realization that doing God's will is not easy, but most important. With the lives of freedom-fighters relying on him, he must learn the difficult lesson that he is not in control, but merely one who must surrender his heart of obedience to One greater.
A sudden turn of events lands Joyanna and David in the same country—but for far different reasons. When their paths cross, David finds he must make a decision that will affect them both for the rest of their lives.
Will he chose vengeance, or will he let his life be ruled by a higher standard? A standard of Honor.
Well-plotted with twists, suspense and concisity, bringing together two unique stories into one unforgettable one? Check.
Complex characters with intriguing personalities and struggles? Check.
An tangible, relatable historical feel, producing an unique story about a common historical period? Check.
All in all, A Question of Honor intrigued, took hold, and satisfied me. I was impressed by the author’s ability to take such a commonplace historical novel setting—WWII—and bring it alive in her own way, writing a story that’s undoubtedly the first of its kind. The author dove into the depths of this time period and explored the small details, bringing to life an amazing story about characters full of complexity and depth. The way this story tied together awed me; the structure was impressive.
Characters. I loved Erich’s character. Some may say that he was too contradictory, but I think that added to the whole plot. The author did an amazing job highlighting and embellishing on the internal struggles in not just Erich, but many of the others as well. David was complex and full of relatability, Lily was alive and off the page, and Gil was fantastic as well.
While all that I’ve listed thus far is all accurate, there were also, unfortunately, elements to this book that I did not like. First of all, I found Joyanna to be a little one-dimensional. She was too naive and innocent, and I had a hard time truly feeling her pain. She was adorable, don’t get me wrong—but I also found her a little unbelievable.
Secondly…and I hate critiquing things like this. For most of the book, David’s faith in God was portrayed excellently. However, there came a point where the whole faith aspect just became really cheesy. I love the author’s heart, and there wasn’t anything said that I didn’t agree with; that’s not the problem. I’m not wanting to attack anything about this because I think it was done with the right heart—and I am nobody to judge the ways God works in writing so I could be totally off here. The Christian message in fiction is one that is very hard to pull off, and unfortunately while in many areas of this book it was done right, at the end of the day I cringed more than once at the developing cheesiness.
Outside of this though, a very good read & I’d highly recommend it for anyone who likes historical fiction. It’s different, unique, and filfulling.