A Legacy of Customs and Devotion in Four
by Irene B. Brand, Dianne Christner, Pamela Griffin, and Gail Gaymer
Barbour Books, Ulrichsville, Ohio, 2002. 334 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (F GER).
Big thanks to my Grandma for recommending this book to me!
If you want nice, light and fluffy Christian romances, this book will
give you four of them. After reading gritty, heavy books this can
be exactly what you need to lighten your spirit.
All of the novellas in this book are related to Germany, and all to the
medieval town of Dinkelsbühl and the castle of Engelturm. The
first story is set in the time of the Thirty Years War, when the town is
in danger. The next takes place during the American Revolution, and
involves a German mercenary quartered in an American home. The third
novella takes place during World War I. This time, a wounded American
soldier is helped by a German girl. The final story takes place in
present-day Germany involving two American young people with plans to help
the town orphanage and restore the castle.
The book does capture some of the spirit of Germany. A castle always
makes a nice romantic setting! There are some mistakes in the German
peppered in the text, the most amusing being people greeting each other “Gross
” instead of “Gruss Gott.
” (Since gross
big, maybe they were calling each other Big Gut!)
In another instance, the modern American girl bought ingredients for S’Mores
for the kids of the town orphanage. Little did she know that you can’t
buy marshmallows in Germany, unless you have access to an American commissary.
They are definitely an American food, which is why our first landlady liked
us to bring them to her barbecues. She roasted marshmallows as a child
when her mom had American renters.
You could also see the American bias in the book, in that three out of
the four happy couples went to America to live happily ever after.
However, I can’t fault them for that, since the book was written for Americans,
All the same, this book was a refreshing break from heavier reading.
Every couple was eager to please God and had some difficult things to trust
God about. These are nice, clean romances. It’s a special treat
for those of us living in Germany. Now I’m going to have to visit Dinkelsbühl.
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