Book Review | The Moon Looked Down by Dorothy Garlock

Title: The Moon Looked Down
Author: Dorothy Garlock

Publish Date: 3/1/2010
Price: $6.99/$8.99
ISBN: 9780446616089
Pages: 368

About the Book:

The new Americana romance from bestselling author Dorothy Garlock, this time set against the backdrop of WWII. Sophie Heller’s family immigrated from Germany to Victory, a small town in Illinois, before WWII began. Now that the war has affected the town, the townspeople discriminate against Sophie and her family. When a train derails, it is an accident but the Heller family is blamed. Coming to Sophie’s rescue is a teacher from the high school, and despite their cultural differences, a romance starts to bloom.

My Review:Sophie and her family left life as the knew it when fleeing Nazi Germany for Illinois in hopes of a better life, but prejudice and fear made them targets of hate crimes. Her family fears that involvement with the law will only exasperate the situation and they are tired of running, but Sophie wants the tension to end. She meets Cole, a teacher who has just returned to town, desperate to please his father despite his physical handicap. He is no stranger to intolerance and discrimination, so Cole helps Sophie expose the men who have been terrorizing her family. Their individual weaknesses and fears combine and result in a strength and Friendship neither were expecting.

The Moon Looked Down is a sweet love story woven amidst the fear that surrounded World War II. The romance between the characters is slowly built on trust and friendship, which is a refreshing change from some of the more in-your-face romances I’ve recently read. The characters and plot are believable and despite the historical setting, very relevant today. The writing appears simplistic at first, but the nuances of the toll that the hate crimes take on Sophie and her family and the actions of the townspeople in relation to the crimes are sophisticated. Add to this a little mystery, and you’re in for a nice read.

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*