Grand Central Publishing
Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth
During WWI, some states set forth laws banning the use of the German language or teaching German in schools. That's the premise in Hope at Dawn. Anti-German sentiments run strong in Iowa, and it's those sentiments that land Livy Campbell a teaching job in a small community not too far from her parents' farm in Hilden. When the current teacher is fired and jailed for teaching German to her German-American students, Livy takes over and is unaware how untrusted she will be with the area families. Her only saving grace is the friendship of Friedrick Wagner, a German-American man who is the older brother to a couple of her students.
Friedrick is in a tough spot. His father is dying, his step-mother is doing all she can to care for him, and Friedrick had to give up college to return to the family farm to keep things running. As his feelings for Livy develop, he finds himself torn. …