Switching gears, because we haven’t done one in a while, today’s review is a Historical Dark Romance by Kellie Wallace.
Darkness Before Dawn is a World War 2 era romance with a twist.
“In June 1940, Germany bombed the Island of Guernsey, bringing World War II to the Channel Islands. With her home in the midst of war, jazz singer Catherine La Mar must adapt to change. Within days, the island is overun. Resistance cells start to emerge, hindering the German forces. Catherine’s life is inevitably changed when childhood friend Thomas Potter is linked as the ringleader to one of the Island’s biggest cells.
The people she once knew are no longer who they seem to be. But nothing could prepare her for when she meets Nazi officer Captain Max Engel. Her view on the war forever changes when she is given a chance for love and new beginnings. For once in her mundane life she unveils her true self, as Max teaches her how to truly live. Their love puts a strain on Catherine’s family, risking the lives her sisters and friends. As the war intensifies and divides the people on Guernsey, Max and Catherine must decide if their love is really worth risking it all?”
So I always deny that I like Dark Romance and in a way that’s true. I don’t like the ones that feature domestic violence of any kind (unless the abuser is getting their ass kicked as the victim walks out the door) or sexual assault as a basis for the love story. Those of course aren’t all Dark Romances. This particular one involves loving the enemy in a time of war. The war is dark, the depiction of life on the occupied Channel Islands is dark, and the enemy is cruel. All of these things make for a depressing read, however,I found myself eagerly turning the pages for more. I found the heroine, Catherine to be a flawed and real character. She has loyalty to her countrymen, her family, and her friends but her attraction to Max is real, and undeniable. For the first time in her life, she’s with someone who makes her happy. They have tons of struggles and seriously you don’t know what’s happening until the very end. It’s a roller coaster ride of dark deliciousness and has a good dose of Historical fact to drop in your lap as well. This is the second World War 2 Romance that I’ve read by this author, and I can tell she enjoys writing about the time period and she knows her facts. It also made me realize that maybe I just might like some of the darker written stories (allow The Doctor to convey my reaction to this revelation) I devoured this book and hope she has more Historicals on the horizon.
I’m giving this book 5 out of 5 stars. I recommend it for Adults only as there is serious adult and violent historical content involved.