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His voice was higher pitched than usual, and she gave him a puzzled glance, wondering what on earth was making him so nervous all of a sudden. Yes, she said. Sweet sixteen, and never been kissed, Reginald said, attempting a laugh that came out a gurgle. Well, come on then, give us a kiss, he said, seizing her all of a sudden in a clumsy embrace. Let go of me, how dare you, you silly boy!

She flung her head to and fro, avoiding his attempts to plant his mouth on hers. She had almost broken free of his arms when her foot slipped and, to her dismay, she fell to the ground.

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In an instant he was upon her, his weight threatening to crush her. It was harder in this position to elude him, and she felt his mouth at her throat, moving down toward her little breasts as he tore at the bodice of her dress with his hand. Let me go, she cried, almost in tears; how dare this pockmarked lout manhandle her like this! Papa would have him horsewhipped. His knees were between hers and he forced them apart, rubbing his body roughly against hers.

It was frightening and crude and at the same time she felt a mysterious tingling in her loins that she had never felt before, that both puzzled her and added to her fear. Even had she known the correct words, she could not have brought herself to use them, but there was little doubt by now in either of their minds just what he intended.

Reginald shot to his feet, his already pale face going whiter. Over his shoulder, Lydia saw the face of Peter MacNair, the Scotch-American trader who had arrived in the city a few days ago. Yes, sir. Reginald was gone in a flash. Lydia had a glimpse of him racing pell-mell for the gate, without so much as a backward glance.

Peter MacNair gave her his hand and helped her to her feet. The bodice of her dress was torn, and she was grateful that he looked away while she adjusted it as best she could. It gave her, too, a chance to glance at him undetected. How handsome he was, with his sandy brown hair that spilled carelessly over his forehead, and eyes so dark a brown that they looked black when he was scowling, as he was now. But why was he angry? Did he think she had encouraged Reginald?

I thank you for coming to my assistance, she said aloud, hoping to put his mind at ease on that account. In fact, Peter MacNair was annoyed not with her, but with himself for having intervened in something that was none of his business. The two had looked little more than children on a lark when he had seen them disappear into that bamboo grove. But then the girl had started protesting, and she had looked so damnably young. He had spoken on an impulse, and having once taken such a stand, he could hardly have backed down from it without looking like an ass.

The idea having entered his mind, however fleetingly, he instinctively gave the girl an appraising glance, and as quickly chided himself for being foolish. She was every bit as young as he had thought at first sight, and on top of it, not even his type. That red-gold hair of hers, falling in a luxuriant cascade about her face and shoulders, was smashing, particularly with her green eyes, but he favored dark-haired women, and in due time those wide-set eyes would lose that look of enraptured innocence that made them so appealing just now.

As for the rest, well, she had hardly any breasts, and she tended toward plumpness, though that might have been some lingering baby fat. He had been in China nearly a year, and he was not a man noted for continence. They had entered the city by now, but its teeming streets had lost their charm for Lydia. She stole a quick glance up at his profile—he was taller even than Papa—but at the sight of his stern visage, she glanced away again at once. She had been traveling with her parents since she was a mere baby, in one remote corner of the world after another. Cut off as she was from the usual social mingling, she had experienced none of the innocent flirtation, the tentative exploration of romance that was usual for girls of her age.

Reginald was the only boy she knew near her own age, and she knew him only slightly. Her parents had even sheltered her from the romantic novels that might at least have given her some clue to why her pulse quickened whenever she glanced at the handsome man beside her. All that she did know was that to be near him like this gave her pleasure, but one so intense that it was akin to pain. He moved with a certain cocksure manner that reminded her of a prize-winning stallion her father had once taken her to see. It gave her a peculiar thrill of excitement to see how he towered over the Chinese about them.

If only he would take her hand again, as he had when he had helped her up from the ground; her palm still tingled from the memory of his touch. Reverend Holt had already seen them, and was waiting for them to come up, scowling at them. MacNair lifted his topee, the pith helmet that whites wore for protection from the burning sun, in greeting; Reverend Holt made no gesture in reply.

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I found your daughter outside the gates, and thought it best if I escorted her home. I tore my dress on some bamboo, she said hastily, her face reddening. Now that she was no longer in any danger from Reginald, she saw no point in causing trouble, though she hoped Peter MacNair would not refute her explanation and make her out a liar. He did not, nor did her father question her explanation. We thank you for your trouble, Mr. MacNair, he said stiffly. It was foolish of my daughter to go wandering off alone.

There are many unscrupulous persons who might be tempted to take advantage of her youth and innocence. Lucky she met me instead, MacNair said.

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Good day to you, sir. Miss Holt. He tipped his hat to both of them again and, turning on his heel, strode off. The throngs of Chinese seemed to part before him as if before the prow of a ship. I mean it most assuredly, he said, his voice icy.

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And we will not discuss it further. Mind what I say. Despite his admonition, she was about to protest further, but she was suddenly aware of something unusual that was occurring. At first she could not grasp what it was, then suddenly it came to her that an abrupt silence, more striking in a Chinese street than it would have been elsewhere, had fallen.

Her father, whose great height made it possible for him to see further, suddenly took her arm and drew her into the slight shelter of a doorway. In a moment she understood. Four peasants passed through the street, moving quickly and silently, and they bore a new coffin between them. Another victim of the cholera. The silence lingered briefly after the coffin had passed. Shadow Cursed. Naomi Clark. First Person Fiction: Behind the Mountains. Edwidge Danticat. Fool's Gold. Cassandra Dean. Walk Across the Sea.

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Daniel is exceptional with his performing in front of a crowd whereas Jakub is terrified to do so. Both boys end up in a concentration camp together. Their suffering is beyond what any human should have to endure. The story progresses at a nice steady pace and the characters are realistic. There is a lot of history about the orchestra in Mauthausen concentration camp that I found quite interesting.

I was also intrigued by some of the information about the Resistance.

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I never really thought about what they did and how involved and dangerous it was. The ending of the book seemed a bit rushed but overall this was a very good read. I highly recommend it for anyone who enjoys WWII history. I can't wait to start the next book in the series.

Aug 05, Amy S rated it it was amazing. Stories of the German invasion and torture of thousands of people is not what I would have expected to be very interesting or uplifting but she has brought the true stories and happenings into a new light These are the stories that are interesting and uplifting. These are the stories that need to be told and read. If you are looking for slapstick humor and gushy romance, it isn't here.

These are the stories you won't soon forget. Nov 22, Jeni Enjaian rated it liked it Shelves: historical-fiction , christian-fiction , wwii-and-holocaust , read-in Life got in the way of writing a review promptly after finishing. Due to that fact, I have forgotten most of the specific things that I remember about this book. I know that I enjoyed the book although I do remember starting to notice something that became glaringly obvious in the next Goyer book that I read.

I will mention that in that review. This book is average and deals well with a much-written about time period. This book survived round two of the purge from my personal collection. One of those books you hate to put down and can't wait to pick back up! A mixture of WWII historical fiction and Holocaust memoir, this book was engrossing from the beginning.

The characters are so well developed that you can't wait to find out what happens and root for them all along. Told from different viewpoints, it still flows beautifully. Truly a wonderful story. Apr 06, Michelle Welsh rated it really liked it. Of course this novel was intense given it is set during WWII. This page turner had me thinking about the story when I was away from it.

The haunting and sad details of this war caused me to question why I keep going back to these historical novels, but when I concluded I knew my answer: it's because good winning over evil is important. I hope you can find a copy to read. It's a powerful story. Jan 04, Crystal rated it it was amazing Shelves: world-war A great insight to all the aspects of this war: on the battle lines, behind the battle lines, in the ghettos, in the camps and even a few clues into the symbolism of Nazi propaganda such as the swastika and other emblems.

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This orchestra, composed of famous Jewish musicians, was forced to play for their lives in the concentration camp. We see the war through many different views in Night Song. Evie, a young Viennese woman who is involved with the resistance and witnesses the liberation of Mauthausen. Nick, an American medic who is in love with Evie and will travel to the ends of the earth to find her. Otto, an SS Soldier whose thirst for power and riches overwhelms him. Finally, Jakub, a young Jewish prisoner whose magnificent talent brings hope and joy to those he is around.

The story begins in December , Evie and her family must return to Vienna due to the German occupation. But where Nick, Evie, and eventually Jakub, find their strength in the Lord, Otto finds his through the "Ancients", the mystical power supposedly behind Hitler's reign. Otto is never satisfied, he always wants more. Our other characters have to sacrifice so much, yet they know that the Lord is leading them and taking care of them.

In the end we discover that the wealth and power of this world can not compare with a personal relationship with our Lord, Jesus Christ. It took me a little longer to read this book, only because it was so emotional for me that I had to put it down and take a break. Tricia Goyer does a beautiful job of depicting the horrors and sorrows of the camps and all those who were affected by it, without being gory. It made my heart ache for those who lived and died in this hell. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys World War II fiction. You will not be disappointed!

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Shelves: historical-fiction , wwii , christian-fiction. The first half of this book wasn't so riveting, but the last part held me captive, with tears and smiles abundant. Evie is an Austrian living in America. Her boyfriend, Nick, is a medical student. Before she can accept his proposal of marriage, she is ordered back to Vienna. Otto is seeking power Jakub is a Jewish boy, living in the shadow of his extremely talented younger brother. Things go from bad to worse as first he and his family are put in a ghetto, then a concentrati The first half of this book wasn't so riveting, but the last part held me captive, with tears and smiles abundant.

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Things go from bad to worse as first he and his family are put in a ghetto, then a concentration camp, and for Jakub, a hard labor camp called Mauthausen. Can Jakub overcome his fear of playing the violin in front of crowds? His life might depend on it. Evie helps in the resistance movement, disguising herself and putting herself in danger. Nick thinks Evie has died, but he is not able to forget her or stop loving her. Or is he? This is an inspiring story based on truth--there was actually an orchestra in the Mauthausen camp. Dec 16, Debbi rated it really liked it.