Rhineland Inheritance by T. Davis Bunn

Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.

Rhineland Inheritance by T. Davis Bunn

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)

On the border between France and Germany in the aftermath of World War II, two army captains—American Jake Burnes and Frenchman Pierre Servais—stumble upon stolen Nazi treasure. While becoming embroiled in a continent-wide conspiracy, the captains are also challenged to assist diplomat Sally Anders in helping impoverished German children in Rhineland Inheritance, a novel by author T. Davis Bunn.

Another one of the many novels where I didn’t even glance at a book blurb before I just bought a copy and dove right in. I simply knew I wanted to read something older from one of my longtime favorite authors, and here we are: the beginning of a historical ChristFic series first published back in the 90s.

While I’m not new to WWII novels, the post-war landscape isn’t something I think about as much. So it was all the more interesting to get a look at this story’s post-war military dynamics and to also consider child soldiers who’d been sent to war by Germany as well as the many refugees left with nothing after the years of deadly conflict.

I’ve come to expect no less than excellent storytelling from this author, and that’s what I got here. Danger, intrigue, a depth of emotion, and characters I came to like rather quickly. Especially sharp and intelligent Sally, who has quick, dry humor and a commanding presence balanced with softness and compassion. She’s tough without being “one of the fellas.”

I’m generally not a fan of love triangles, and this story has some of that, but it’s not a melodramatic or drawn-out aspect of the plot, and the romance here isn’t sappy. There’s a noticeable share of another something I’m a minor non-fan of, questions in dialogue that don’t end with question marks, but it didn’t bother me too much.

I was moved by this novel and absolutely plan on continuing the Rendezvous with Destiny series.

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Here’s my review of Book Two in the Rendezvous with Destiny series, Gibraltar Passage.

   

 

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