Book Review: The Ragged Edge of Night

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Author: Olivia Hawker

Pages (Kindle Edition – Prime of the Month Read): 340

Goodreads Synopsis: “Germany, 1942. Franciscan friar Anton Starzmann is stripped of his place in the world when his school is seized by the Nazis. He relocates to a small German hamlet to wed Elisabeth Herter, a widow who seeks a marriage—in name only—to a man who can help raise her three children. Anton seeks something too—atonement for failing to protect his young students from the wrath of the Nazis. But neither he nor Elisabeth expects their lives to be shaken once again by the inescapable rumble of war.

As Anton struggles to adapt to the roles of husband and father, he learns of the Red Orchestra, an underground network of resisters plotting to assassinate Hitler. Despite Elisabeth’s reservations, Anton joins this army of shadows.”

Review: Ugh, I have nothing good to say about this story. I gave it two stars because the premise was one I thought could be interesting and while it was, especially to learn about the Red Orchestra I found I couldn’t connect with any of the “characters”. So you can imagine my surprise when I found out that this was based (somewhat) on a true story and written by Hawker’s family. For me, this story wasn’t memorable, and I look to be one of the few that felt that way according to Goodreads reviews. But I honestly couldn’t feel a connect.

Overall Rating: 2/5 stars


PS: If I didn’t deter you from reading this, you can always go to and get it for free if you’re a prime reader!

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