Wednesday, February 21, 2018

"A Question of Honor" by Jesseca Wheaton

About this book:

  “A man. A child. A war.
  When German soldiers invade France during World War II, young Joyanna's perfect world is shattered. In the hands of those who hate her, she battles to comprehend why people can be so ruthless and cold toward those whom they have never met.
  David Sullivan, pilot in the Royal Air Force, was certain he would never hate, but a painful loss forces him to either reconsider or do the inconceivable—forgive. He is suddenly challenged by the realization that doing God's will is not easy, but most important. With the lives of freedom-fighters relying on him, he must learn the difficult lesson that he is not in control, but merely one who must surrender his heart of obedience to One greater.
  A sudden turn of events lands Joyanna and David in the same country—but for far different reasons. When their paths cross, David finds he must make a decision that will affect them both for the rest of their lives.
  Will he choose vengeance, or will he let his life be ruled by a higher standard? A standard of Honor.”

Series: Book #1 in the “Questions of War” series.

Spiritual Content- Scriptures are mentioned, quoted, & talked about; Hymns; Prayers; Many talks about God; ‘H’s are capital when referring to God; David is mad at God for a time; Many mentions of God, Jesus, His calling, His will, & forgiveness; Many mentions of Jews, Jewish Christians, Christians, rabbis, & faiths; Mentions of prayers, praying, & blessings over food; Mentions of Bibles & Bible reading; Mentions of churches, church going, services, hymns, sermons, & a pastor; Mentions of Heaven & angels; Mentions of miracles; A couple mentions of thanking & praising God; A couple mentions of blessings; A couple mentions of sins;
             *Note: A child is called a little devil; Mentions of evil & evil people.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: two ‘blasted’s, two forms of ‘shut up’, and three ‘stupid’s; A bit of eye rolling & sarcasm; Set during World War II (up to semi-detailed); Shooting other planes, planes being shot, & air attacks (semi-detailed); Joyanna sees her father shot & killed (up to semi-detailed); Being taken away & hit (up to semi-detailed); Being kidnapped (barely-above-not-detailed); Pain, Injuries, Bruises/Burns, Being slapped/hit, Being shot, & Threatened at gunpoint (mostly semi-detailed); Wanting revenge; Smoking cigarettes; Many mentions of wars, fighting, attacks, bombings, shooting, bullets, & removing people from their homes; Many mentions of deaths, bodies, killing, threats of killing, injuries, burns, threatening with guns, shooting, bullets, being shot, blood/bleeding, & fires (mostly semi-detailed); Mentions of killing Jews being easy (from a Nazi’s POV, up to semi-detailed); Mentions of hatred, threats, & enemies; Mentions of wanting revenge; Mentions of lies & lying; Mentions of smoking & cigarettes; A few mentions of taverns & drunks; A few mentions of nightmares; A couple mentions of animal manure; A mention of betting.

Sexual Content- a hand kiss, a nose kiss, two head/forehead kisses, three barely-above-not-detailed kisses, and a semi-detailed kiss; Touches & Embraces (barely-above-not-detailed); Noticing (barely-above-not-detailed); A couple mentions of kisses & kissing; A couple mentions of jealousy; A bit of love, being in love, & the emotions.

-Joyanna Shein, age 7
-David Sullivan
                                P.O.V. switches between them & a couple others
                                           Set in 1940 {Epilogue in 1942}
                                                        324 pages

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My personal Rating-
{Add ½ star for those highly interested in WWII}
Maybe it’s because I’m sensitive to children being hurt and the unjustness of World War II, but this book was a difficult one to read.
It starts with a tragedy of seven-year-old Joyanna’s family, then the next chapter switches to a young pilot in love in Kansas. It did feel a bit odd to me to have that one-eighty switch so quick. We do see the POV of a German Nazi, that’s hard to see at times because of his action and thoughts, but his heart does try to soften (not that he allows it, but there’s hope for future books.) The ending was a but predicable, but I did like sweet Joyanna.
Overall, it’s an insanely serious book, that did have a lot of Spiritual Content, which I appreciated. At times, though, the war content—albeit, I know, historically accurate—was too much for my self personally and that affected my personal rating and what ages I think it would be okay for.

See y’all on Friday with a new review!

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the author for this honest review.

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