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Private Matthew Petticrew arrives in France as part of the American Expeditionary Forces, an arrival which a war-weary France desperately hopes will help to end the turmoil. Having faced unthinkable things on the front, he is captivated by the sound of a lullaby, sung by a voice so pure he knows he must have imagined it. But rumors sweep through the trenches like wildfire, Private Matthew Petticrew arrives in France as part of the American Expeditionary Forces, an arrival which a war-weary France desperately hopes will help to end the turmoil. Having faced unthinkable things on the front, he is captivated by the sound of a lullaby, sung by a voice so pure he knows he must have imagined it. But rumors sweep through the trenches like wildfire, dubbing the voice "The Angel of Argonne," a mysterious presence who leaves behind wreaths on unmarked graves and footprints in the war-pocked soil. Raised wild in the depths of the Forest of Argonne, France, Mireilles finds her world rocked when war comes crashing into the idyllic home she has always known, taking much from her. When Matthew discovers Mireilles, three things are clear: She is alone in the world, she cannot stay, and he and his two unlikely companions might be the only ones who can get her to safety.


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Private Matthew Petticrew arrives in France as part of the American Expeditionary Forces, an arrival which a war-weary France desperately hopes will help to end the turmoil. Having faced unthinkable things on the front, he is captivated by the sound of a lullaby, sung by a voice so pure he knows he must have imagined it. But rumors sweep through the trenches like wildfire, Private Matthew Petticrew arrives in France as part of the American Expeditionary Forces, an arrival which a war-weary France desperately hopes will help to end the turmoil. Having faced unthinkable things on the front, he is captivated by the sound of a lullaby, sung by a voice so pure he knows he must have imagined it. But rumors sweep through the trenches like wildfire, dubbing the voice "The Angel of Argonne," a mysterious presence who leaves behind wreaths on unmarked graves and footprints in the war-pocked soil. Raised wild in the depths of the Forest of Argonne, France, Mireilles finds her world rocked when war comes crashing into the idyllic home she has always known, taking much from her. When Matthew discovers Mireilles, three things are clear: She is alone in the world, she cannot stay, and he and his two unlikely companions might be the only ones who can get her to safety.

30 review for Yours is the Night

  1. 5 out of 5

    Heather Wood

    If you're anything like me, you read Amanda Dykes for the way she takes truth and chips away all the darkness we've buried it under so that it shines clearly in its true radiance. You probably like her characters and you think her stories are splendid, but it's the way she writes them that makes them special. And if you're anything like me, you pre-ordered Yours is the Night because Set the Stars Alight is a masterpiece in its genre, and you need more of that and wonder how Yours is the Night wi If you're anything like me, you read Amanda Dykes for the way she takes truth and chips away all the darkness we've buried it under so that it shines clearly in its true radiance. You probably like her characters and you think her stories are splendid, but it's the way she writes them that makes them special. And if you're anything like me, you pre-ordered Yours is the Night because Set the Stars Alight is a masterpiece in its genre, and you need more of that and wonder how Yours is the Night will compare. I'm sorry if you haven't read Stars, because it was impossible for me to read or review Night without thinking of her sister. This review is for those who are anything like me. The Prose - Amanda Dykes delivers truth as beautifully in this one, although maaaaybe not to the same extent. You know how you were highlighting and underlining every other page in Stars? This had maybe fewer quotable quotes, but did have great ones worth remembering. The Truth - "The night— it had become our homeland, his and mine. The place where all the rest of the world slept and our hearts found each other in the dark. To sit, to talk, to be heard— and to see that the darkness was created and held by the same God who had spun the sun and all its golden light." Honestly, the verse this story centered on, the message ("the God who created the light also created the night. There is nothing to fear here.") - this is good stuff. This is important stuff. I loved it, but I doubly recommend this book to anyone for whom the dark and the night is difficult, lonely, painful. This book is for you. The Characters - This book is told in the POVs of five main characters, very different from each other, but sharing a time and place. I like this style of storytelling, and I liked these characters and their arcs. I enjoyed spending time with them. The Plot - the story was fine. I liked it. It wasn't the most captivating one I've ever read, but I don't have any issues with it. This is a war book, so the story centered around France right in the middle of WWI, so be aware, there's not much romantic about that. The Emotional Toll - this is important to me. Christian fiction authors walk a fine line between being realistic in their portrayal of difficult topics and pain, (often facing criticism for not being "raw" enough) and offering enough hope along the way that the reader isn't devastated in the reading. As a reader, I lean towards preferring the latter. I don't mind a good cry in a book, but I need to want to pick the book back up and not feel tense and stressed all day between times. This book was perfect for me. The author shows pain but doesn't drown you in it. She refers to devastating things that happened without you having to see and feel every detail. This is a good thing to me. This is a five star talent to me. I support authors who don't devastate their readers. Furthermore, I would say that of Amanda Dykes' three full length novels, this one had the happiest ending. Now. With all that said, I only felt like this was a 4.5⭐ book. I had an ongoing problem with little plot holes on the scene level. I try to picture what is happening in the scene and follow the author as the characters talk, but it jars me out of the scene when I'm told the characters are kneeling and then on the next page they're standing, and I never knew when they stood up. And then I'm flipping back and forth wondering if I missed something. And I find it didn't, and I've been completely taken out of the story. At one point, a MC is holding a woman, on the next page he's wishing desperately that he could hold her, while I thought he still was. Dear reader, I counted at least six instances of these little things that made me wonder if the editor didn't read the book all the way through again after the author's final edits were in. It struck me as what happens when I edit something on one page and then don't reread the scene to realize my changes left something hanging. I'm looking forward to others reading this book so I can talk to them about my little list and find out if it's me or the book. I wish it wasn't like this, because it diminished what I would have thought was a very good book into something with a lot of question marks for me. Anyway, don't miss this one. It's good, respectful, gentle, beautiful, but I do think Stars is still my favorite. I received an advance copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review, but I received my pre-ordered copy when I was halfway through the book. All opinions are my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paula Shreckhise

    Amanda Dykes has an elegant way with words that resonates to your very soul. She is a storyteller of the highest caliber. Her words are sure and true and beautiful, bringing light from the darkness that was war. The author continues to amaze me with her eloquent words to describe a story none of us should forget. A story of faith, selflessness and courage in a battle for freedom. The scene of using fireflies in lanterns so the enemy would not discover the soldiers may seem slight, but the author Amanda Dykes has an elegant way with words that resonates to your very soul. She is a storyteller of the highest caliber. Her words are sure and true and beautiful, bringing light from the darkness that was war. The author continues to amaze me with her eloquent words to describe a story none of us should forget. A story of faith, selflessness and courage in a battle for freedom. The scene of using fireflies in lanterns so the enemy would not discover the soldiers may seem slight, but the author uses it to show us how God is light and He dispels the darkness. It is told from five unique voices but that just adds perspective and shows how each character grew and was sustained in a devastating period of history. Mira is dubbed The Angel of the Argonne by the soldiers who hear her singing in the night: “It was the only thing I had to give. To bring a small bit of life to a lifeless place.” It is a rich story of God prevailing, of honor for the fallen and of hope in the future. I am awestruck by the words in this book. It is a fitting tribute to those who fought in the Great War. Beyond 5 stars for me. *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Bethany House on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*

  3. 5 out of 5

    Beth

    Yours is the Night is one of those novels that words don’t quite do justice – at least not my small words. It’s tragic yet beautiful; it’s hard yet hopeful. Despite those opposing ideas, the author manages to find that sweet spot, tied in a poignant bow of a poetic writing style that I’ve come to expect from her. The way that she describes the battles in the trenches of World War I…it’s haunting yet not graphic. It’s very much an in-their-shoes feeling when experiencing it along with the charact Yours is the Night is one of those novels that words don’t quite do justice – at least not my small words. It’s tragic yet beautiful; it’s hard yet hopeful. Despite those opposing ideas, the author manages to find that sweet spot, tied in a poignant bow of a poetic writing style that I’ve come to expect from her. The way that she describes the battles in the trenches of World War I…it’s haunting yet not graphic. It’s very much an in-their-shoes feeling when experiencing it along with the character. It’s more than a simple description; it’s a depth of feeling that commemorates what they had to go through during the war, and the things that lingered in their hearts and minds long after. The first-person narration is so impressive. There are multiple points of view, which usually is not something I enjoy as much as a single point of view. In this story, however, they are all important and all fully developed as individuals. I cared about all five of these people and was never disappointed when the point of view changed. I had my favorites, but the nuanced way that the story is told through each of their eyes is just so good. I won’t say much about the plot, other than it involves a journey, and it’s fraught with danger. Though this is a character-driven story, there are several scenes that are filled with tension and depictions of war. I adored the connection to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and found it to be a fitting, respectful tribute. Every now and then I read a book that speaks to an emotions or thoughts that I'm working through, and then the story brings it into full light. I could say that it’s because I’m a new mom, because I’m not defined by working for the first time in many years. I could say it’s because since 2019 life has been a hard and weird but also good and beautiful. Some of the hard things were bad, but some of them have been the best of good things. To be alive is to hurt and to love and lose and to find myself in the dark sometimes, but I’ve never been alone. This novel reminded me of that. Sometimes I wish I was different, but when one of the characters asks “What if we believe our shortcomings, our oddities, are actually purposeful quirks that suit us for the moments we were made for?” that hit home. I don’t know all of the moments I was made for, or moments that have already passed that were my tiny version for “such a time as this,” but I can trust I was made for it, and that light will always overcome any darkness that comes in those moments. If I had been reading a print copy, I would have hugged the book. Hugging my kindle didn’t have quite the same feel, but I did it anyway. I think it goes without saying, but I absolutely recommend this book. I loved it as much as I did her debut, though I do find this one weightier simply because of the setting and war-based plot. I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher; a positive review was not required, and these are my honest thoughts and opinions.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    My heart is full. The author has raised the bar of excellence in this masterfully crafted tale. While I love historical fiction and read a lot of WWI and WWII era stories, this one stands out for its beautiful prose, heartwarming cast of characters, and unique viewpoint. I absolutely loved that the author chose to tell this story through five different characters, knitting together what at first appears to be totally different viewpoints into one united story of courage. Their individual journey My heart is full. The author has raised the bar of excellence in this masterfully crafted tale. While I love historical fiction and read a lot of WWI and WWII era stories, this one stands out for its beautiful prose, heartwarming cast of characters, and unique viewpoint. I absolutely loved that the author chose to tell this story through five different characters, knitting together what at first appears to be totally different viewpoints into one united story of courage. Their individual journeys of faith tugged at my heart, as each character reached out into a greater story of sacrifice and love. This is a book for the keeper shelf, to be returned to again and again. Bravo! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie DeMoss

    Amazing. Amanda Dykes has the ability to immerse the reader in the worlds she has created. I was mesmerized by this book. Highly recommend. I received a free copy of this book from the publishers via Netgalley. My review is voluntary and my opinions are my own.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Christine Indorf

    I was putting off reading Amanda Dykes new release Yours is the Night and finally got to it today and I am so glad I finally read this great book. The story of Mathew a soldier in World War l. After a battle he hears a angel voice singing and when he goes to investigate he finds Mira left alone after her father goes to war and her Grandfather dies. So George a pastor trying to escape the war, Henry a journalist, and then Matthew who is falling in love with Mari are there to bring her to Paris. S I was putting off reading Amanda Dykes new release Yours is the Night and finally got to it today and I am so glad I finally read this great book. The story of Mathew a soldier in World War l. After a battle he hears a angel voice singing and when he goes to investigate he finds Mira left alone after her father goes to war and her Grandfather dies. So George a pastor trying to escape the war, Henry a journalist, and then Matthew who is falling in love with Mari are there to bring her to Paris. So the journey begins. Unwanted truths, war, and love follow them in this journey and will wanting so much for these wonderful characters. I loved this book. Amanda Dykes only writes characters that you fall in love with and you want so much from them. You don't know what will happen until the end and let me tell you It was a nail biter. I so highly recommend this book. I haven't read much from the World War l era and this book was pack through of history. I don't like historical fiction that much and I just loved it. A wonderful read from a wonderful author!!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    "Sometimes there's a dark so thick you just know that God who made the light with his own two hands - with just His words - is going to plunge right into that dark to find you." "There are none who can undo the past. But there is one who will carry the pain of it. He knows too well the sting of injustice. No, more than that. The blood of it. But with it, He bears the scars of his own injustice with the same hands that carry me now." "The God who does not slumber - the same God I questioned, and ra "Sometimes there's a dark so thick you just know that God who made the light with his own two hands - with just His words - is going to plunge right into that dark to find you." "There are none who can undo the past. But there is one who will carry the pain of it. He knows too well the sting of injustice. No, more than that. The blood of it. But with it, He bears the scars of his own injustice with the same hands that carry me now." "The God who does not slumber - the same God I questioned, and railed against, and sobbed to, and ran from, after He seemed not to see me or care - He brought me you. . . . . . He crossed you over oceans and years . . . . If He has done that, then I believe He can do anything." It was ever so tempting to let the words of this story speak for themselves; after all, when you are privy to a majestic symphony of words, why interrupt the music with unnecessary chatter? For entering into this author's sanctuary of sound is never simply a reading experience, it is an invitation to enter a scene where every nook and cranny is filled with everlasting hope, even in the midst of seemingly impenetrable darkness. . . . . . . . . . . for Platoon Sergeant Matthew Petticrew met "The Angel of Argonne" under the blanket of night, in a place where grief and survival trumped fear long enough to form a tenuous partnership. Mireille's entire life had been spent in that enchanted French forest, but as the world screamed of war and Mira's very existence was put at risk, her instincts insisted that she follow the odd threesome out of the only world she had ever known, leaving her heart and the memory of a promise, far behind. Although Matthew's battle-worn mind was plagued with unforgiving nightmares, his kind and compassionate nature compelled him to use every skill necessary to ensure Mira's delivery to a safe haven, especially if his companion was correct about her true identity. But nothing fully prepared them for the journey to come, nor the one that would follow, for Mira's forest would once again became a sanctuary, for "the tree was like a house, . . . . I called it 'le coeur' for the way the inside was like a heart. A safe place. . . .a perfect hideaway . . . . of all the trees in all the woods". . . "The day is Yours, the night also is Yours . . . " (Psalm 74:16) Two formerly bleeding, broken hearts braved leaving the shadows behind, confidently basking in the light that was to rise, knowing that "the night is not to be feared", ever again.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Nicole

    There are some books where when you try to write a review, words feel insufficient. Though a book is made up of words, I do not have the skill to describe how beautiful this story is. However I will attempt to write out a review. Amanda Dykes is a word smith, she paints scenes, settings and characters with words that appear to take a life of their own. This is one of those books that you experience, not just read. I rarely cry while reading, yet once again I am brought to tears by this author's wo There are some books where when you try to write a review, words feel insufficient. Though a book is made up of words, I do not have the skill to describe how beautiful this story is. However I will attempt to write out a review. Amanda Dykes is a word smith, she paints scenes, settings and characters with words that appear to take a life of their own. This is one of those books that you experience, not just read. I rarely cry while reading, yet once again I am brought to tears by this author's work. Tears of sadness sometimes, but the tears are also from being touched by moments of heroism, tenderness and hope. I will treasure this book. For one thing it reminds us to look to the light while in darkness, it reminds us that we all have a chance to be brave in our own way. A time that our Creator destined us for. So yes, I highly recommend it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Courtney Ballinger

    “Sometimes there’s a dark so thick you just know that the God who made light with His own two hands— with just His words— is going to plunge right into that dark to find you. You remember that, Mr. Matthew." This book. This is a book I've wanted since I first heard about it because Amanda Dykes has earned her place as an auto-buy author for me. If you're looking forward to this one, and maybe, just maybe, wondering if the story can possibly live up to the hype in your mind, let me relieve you by “Sometimes there’s a dark so thick you just know that the God who made light with His own two hands— with just His words— is going to plunge right into that dark to find you. You remember that, Mr. Matthew." This book. This is a book I've wanted since I first heard about it because Amanda Dykes has earned her place as an auto-buy author for me. If you're looking forward to this one, and maybe, just maybe, wondering if the story can possibly live up to the hype in your mind, let me relieve you by saying Yours is the Night is, at the same time, all that we've anticipated and far more. That heart-tugging prologue lets us know that there's an emotional ending coming. But the journey--the JOURNEY is worth the tears. And isn't that just like life. In that poetic way of hers, Amanda Dykes introduces you to the Seventeenth Band. Matthew, Jasper, Henry, George (hilarious George)...and Mira too, because she certainly earns her place in their band. As you walk with them in France, you find yourself in those WWI trenches. In a mysterious forest haunted by song. In the midst of hope and light to combat the night. To live with you in the night. I was, of course, shedding tears by the end, but those tears were born from acknowledgement of the sacrifice others made long ago--and still make today. This isn't a story to be missed or skimmed. This is one to savor, line by line. And the little nuggets sprinkled in from her other two novels are so fun! (Side note: I'd love to be a fly on the wall while Amanda Dykes writes because, man, does she have a talent that must be intuitive and God-given as much as attained through practice and study. I'm in awe.) *For transparency's sake, I'll tell you I received a copy from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review. But all this gushing is absolutely my own opinion!)

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Such a powerful and satisfying read! I don't know that I can do this book any justice except to tell you that I really loved and appreciated the author's research and that she has done a wonderful job in making these characters realistic and the storyline above and beyond. So much so that you'll be engrossed in it after the first chapter. Your heart will break for some of these characters while at the same time rejoice with others I think personally for me, I liked each of the characters and get Such a powerful and satisfying read! I don't know that I can do this book any justice except to tell you that I really loved and appreciated the author's research and that she has done a wonderful job in making these characters realistic and the storyline above and beyond. So much so that you'll be engrossed in it after the first chapter. Your heart will break for some of these characters while at the same time rejoice with others I think personally for me, I liked each of the characters and getting to know them. We learn their quirks, likes and dislikes and so on just like in real life people. This story was so well written that I devoured it in one evening. Yes, I lost some sleep but it is what a good book is all about! I'm still thinking about this book! Like just wow! I highly recommend! My thanks for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Anne Rogers

    A lengthier review will follow, but for now just to say that I am weeping having just finished this novel. I can't think of a suitable word to adequately describe it. Fabulous, wonderful, gripping and emotional all seem somehow lacking. Amanda Dykes is one of my favourite authors. Her books are wonderfully written and powerful and this is the best yet. It deepens and becomes richer and more immersive as the story progresses. Amanda, thank you so, so much for writing this novel. I truly hope it re A lengthier review will follow, but for now just to say that I am weeping having just finished this novel. I can't think of a suitable word to adequately describe it. Fabulous, wonderful, gripping and emotional all seem somehow lacking. Amanda Dykes is one of my favourite authors. Her books are wonderfully written and powerful and this is the best yet. It deepens and becomes richer and more immersive as the story progresses. Amanda, thank you so, so much for writing this novel. I truly hope it reaches an enormous readership, and it absolutely deserves to win every writing prize there is. "what if what we believe to be our shortcomings, our oddities, are actually purposeful quirks that suit us for the moments we were made for?" Oh, and whoever commissioned and designed the cover, it is absolutely beautiful and perfect. For transparency, I've read an advance copy of this book, but am not under any expectation of writing a positive review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    I am one of those readers who likes to know as little about a book as possible before I start reading it. The fact that Amanda Dykes had a new book out when I've enjoyed her first two releases was enough to make me pick up this one. However, it is significantly different than her previous releases, and that really threw me for a loop! For example, this isn't a split-time story. It's straight up historical fiction with a dash of romance. Also she uses five different point of view characters, whic I am one of those readers who likes to know as little about a book as possible before I start reading it. The fact that Amanda Dykes had a new book out when I've enjoyed her first two releases was enough to make me pick up this one. However, it is significantly different than her previous releases, and that really threw me for a loop! For example, this isn't a split-time story. It's straight up historical fiction with a dash of romance. Also she uses five different point of view characters, which means it took me quite a while to feel immersed in the story because I was trying to keep everyone straight and figure out their role in the plot. Our characters are a thoughtful soldier, a fake chaplain, a reluctant reporter, a weary captain, and a girl of the forest who losses cannot take away her hope. Their journeys weave them together and bring them to be higher, nobler versions of themselves in war-torn 1918 France. Though it took me a long time to get into this story, a surprise plot twist almost midway through had me suddenly glued to the pages. Then by the end I couldn't put the book down, anxious to know which characters would survive this horrific war. You know that not everyone will be alive at the end, and I shed quite a few tears in the last few chapters as the story came to its ultimately beautiful and satisfying conclusion. Keep the tissues handy when you read this one. I can imagine this being too emotional and heart-rending for some readers. It's war. It's pain and grief and sacrifice. But it's hope that will not die and light that shines in the darkest of places. Unlike me, who went into it blind, I hope that you will go in fully prepared to put your heart and emotions through the wringer, and to know you'll be inspired to become the very best version of yourself as you journey through these pages. I received my copy of the book from the publisher. All thoughts in this review are my own. This review originated at http://reviewsbyerin.dreamwidth.org

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mary Kay

    YOURS IS THE NIGHT is set against the dark days of WW I but is an amazing story that shimmers, including courageous souls, generous hearts, noble spirits, and the fight for light. A reader might have concern about reading a tale set during war, especially since Amanda is known for bringing characters and settings to life. I've read many books set in wartime and some have left me feeling assaulted. But Amanda is almost unique in her ability to keep the story real while finding and focusing on gli YOURS IS THE NIGHT is set against the dark days of WW I but is an amazing story that shimmers, including courageous souls, generous hearts, noble spirits, and the fight for light. A reader might have concern about reading a tale set during war, especially since Amanda is known for bringing characters and settings to life. I've read many books set in wartime and some have left me feeling assaulted. But Amanda is almost unique in her ability to keep the story real while finding and focusing on glints of light and life that not only balance out intense images but make the tale a thing of hope and beauty. Her cast of characters is diverse and I've fallen in love with every one of our band of travelers. Each is unique, likeable, and has no intention of joining the war. But as we journey with them, each is impacted by an aspect of the conflict and must deal with it or be crushed by it. This book contains all the powerful writing we've come to expect from Amanda, filled with imagery, symbolism, and SURPRISES. Join the journey through fear and fog of war, yearning for life and love and peace, and most of all discovery. I heartily recommend YOURS IS THE NIGHT. And you may, like me, even want to begin carrying a box of matches with you.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Smith

    I’m a huge fan of Amanda Dykes books. I knew little what was in store me as I cracked open the pages of this delicious new book. To read a book by her is to step into another time and place altogether. These stories of soldiers and a young French woman from the Argonne forest drew me in with their lyrical voices to a world I knew very little of. Her poignant words bring a sense of depth to each of them. I don’t often like books with five point of views, but this one was brilliant. Each necessary I’m a huge fan of Amanda Dykes books. I knew little what was in store me as I cracked open the pages of this delicious new book. To read a book by her is to step into another time and place altogether. These stories of soldiers and a young French woman from the Argonne forest drew me in with their lyrical voices to a world I knew very little of. Her poignant words bring a sense of depth to each of them. I don’t often like books with five point of views, but this one was brilliant. Each necessary and I loved getting to know each character and keep turning and rustling the pages so I could find more to their story. A magnificent tribute to the tomb of the unknown soldier. Hands down the best book I’ve read in years.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Melissa

    What an immersive story. Amanda's books always have a lyrical quality that I haven't seen in any other author's work and this latest tale from her is no different. Set against the backdrop of World War 1 in the Argonne Forest, this story is sad but beautiful, and shows that hope even in the absolute darkest times is possible and that courage can be stronger than the fear. This is definitely a compelling read. Wonderful read. I purchased the audio version and it is very good as well. I received t What an immersive story. Amanda's books always have a lyrical quality that I haven't seen in any other author's work and this latest tale from her is no different. Set against the backdrop of World War 1 in the Argonne Forest, this story is sad but beautiful, and shows that hope even in the absolute darkest times is possible and that courage can be stronger than the fear. This is definitely a compelling read. Wonderful read. I purchased the audio version and it is very good as well. I received the hard copy of this book as a member of the launch team but also purchased an audio copy as well. I was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer K

    I’m not sure that I’ll be able to adequately describe the beauty of yours is the night. First of all, the writing just feeds your soul. I can’t even decide if it was the incredible storyline or the amazing characters that kept me turning pages. I became so engrossed in the characters’ struggles, their lives and their ability to persevere. The book was obviously well researched and all of that simply added to the tale. What I appreciated most about this book was the layers of the story and the de I’m not sure that I’ll be able to adequately describe the beauty of yours is the night. First of all, the writing just feeds your soul. I can’t even decide if it was the incredible storyline or the amazing characters that kept me turning pages. I became so engrossed in the characters’ struggles, their lives and their ability to persevere. The book was obviously well researched and all of that simply added to the tale. What I appreciated most about this book was the layers of the story and the depth of the faith lessons for me. Against the backdrop of the Great War, I found a hope filled story about pursuing light and life. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is struggling to fight the good fight. I was given a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jeanie

    “Sometimes there’s a dark so thick you just know that the God who made light with His own two hands – with just His words – is going to plunge right into that dark to find you.” I love this fabulous novel! If one is a fan of Christian historical fiction set in WWI Europe and have time to read only a few novels, make this one of them! The author is a master storyteller whose prose sings with beautiful melodies and lyrics. Her writing plumbs the depths of the human heart, especially hearts bent tow “Sometimes there’s a dark so thick you just know that the God who made light with His own two hands – with just His words – is going to plunge right into that dark to find you.” I love this fabulous novel! If one is a fan of Christian historical fiction set in WWI Europe and have time to read only a few novels, make this one of them! The author is a master storyteller whose prose sings with beautiful melodies and lyrics. Her writing plumbs the depths of the human heart, especially hearts bent towards the Lord. This is a novel to be savored slowly, to not miss one minute of wonder. The main characters are engaging and fascinating, who meet and travel together through France because of The Great War. One man ties all four of them together, Jasper, a military hero of Matthew’s when he grew up, who had served with the Rough Riders in Cuba. Without Jasper, their lives would have been much different. Three men are serving the US forces, each facing their own challenges and fears as they see the worst of war. We spend the most time with Matthew, a soldier, with glimpses of his childhood and details through the last several months of the Great War. One man, Henry, is a reporter sent to write about the US troops in battle. The third is George, a chaplain and source of frustration and humor. From a wealthy British family, he was sent to Harvard by his family to be a minister, as clergy were not required to fight. A young woman, Mira, is French; she lives in and was raised in the Forest of Argonne. The three men had been sent into the forest to get timber to put in the trenches and give them a break from the horrors of their first battle. They heard a beautiful voice in the woods and saw that someone had put pine wreaths on graves of soldiers. She is called the Angel of Argonne, as nobody had yet seen her. Meeting her would change the lives of the three men. When they find her, the reporter figures out who Mira’s family really is, a history even she is unaware of. As Germans near the forest, she must go somewhere safe, as her little chalet is no longer hidden or safe. Jasper gives the three men permission to escort Mira to Paris, then complete another errand before hurrying back to the trenches. She has another secret, one that she hopes nobody, especially Matthew, would discover. There are many things to appreciate in Yours is the Night. One theme is choosing the remains of an unknown soldier to be entombed and protected for all time in Washington DC. The characters are very human, each with flaws and each with untested gifts prior to their meeting. Mira and Matthew have beliefs about God that are tested and tried throughout, as are the beliefs of Jasper, Henry, and George. Seeing the devastation of war was a harsh reality. They grew so close, they formed their own “Band”. It was a joy to see how each grows through their experiences. I keenly felt their losses, victories, and fear, as well as joy, humor, and even love in the atmosphere of death. I highly recommend this magnificent novel of history, love, fear, and faith in WWI France to those who appreciate Christian historical fiction and how darkness can never overcome the Light. From a thankful heart: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher and NetGalley, and this is my honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cover Lover Book Review

    Dear Readers, don’t miss out on this exquisite story. This redemptive tale shakes the soul and quivers every heartstring. Each character goes through an enormous and wondrous transformation, and I believe you’ll love their growth, healing, and renovated hearts as much as I have. Dear Yours is the Night, how do I love Thee? Let me count the ways… I love Your hope, Your journey, Your soul recoveries, Your heart repairs, and mostly Your light and love that shines from beginning to end. Dear Amanda D Dear Readers, don’t miss out on this exquisite story. This redemptive tale shakes the soul and quivers every heartstring. Each character goes through an enormous and wondrous transformation, and I believe you’ll love their growth, healing, and renovated hearts as much as I have. Dear Yours is the Night, how do I love Thee? Let me count the ways… I love Your hope, Your journey, Your soul recoveries, Your heart repairs, and mostly Your light and love that shines from beginning to end. Dear Amanda Dykes, the Argonne not only changed the Seventeenth Band – it changed me. The spirit of this story is built from pain, beauty, sacrifice, and redemption. The characters begin with hearts as void as spent shell casings, yet they are each transformed and shined to a sheen by the comradery, understanding, sacrifice, and love they encounter during The Great War. I laughed, cried, gasped, grieved, and rejoiced as I witnessed the lives of Matthew, Mira, George, Jasper, and Henry. I connected with each of them and grew to love the nuances of their souls. They feel like my friends. My comrades. My family. My Seventeenth Band. This is why Amanda Dykes is one of my favorite authors. This is why any book she publishes automatically goes on my must-read list. I loved discovering the inspiration of this story in the Author’s Notes in the back of the book. What a beautiful tribute to those forever honored at Arlington. With smart writing, emotive style, extraordinary characters, and a significant message, Yours is the Night delivers an explosive story of redemption that will echo forever in my heart. A 2021 Favorite! COVER L♡VE ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ᐩ Dɪsᴄʟᴏsᴜʀᴇ: I ʀᴇᴄᴇɪᴠᴇᴅ ᴀ ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟɪᴍᴇɴᴛᴀʀʏ ᴄᴏᴘʏ ᴏғ ᴛʜɪs ʙᴏᴏᴋ. Mʏ ʀᴇᴠɪᴇᴡ ᴡᴀs ɴᴏᴛ ɪɴғʟᴜᴇɴᴄᴇᴅ.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Meagan

    I've said it before, and I'll say it again. This author is one of the best Christian-fiction (and in fact general-fiction, period) writers out there. Period, done. I could stop my review there, but I won't. :) Haha! She truly is the Christie Purifoy or JRR Tolkien of inspy fiction. 'Yours is the Night' tells a story from multiple narrators' POVs--an impressive and challenging feat for any author, and to pull it off well is an abject rarity. This book does it very, very well. It's a timely release, I've said it before, and I'll say it again. This author is one of the best Christian-fiction (and in fact general-fiction, period) writers out there. Period, done. I could stop my review there, but I won't. :) Haha! She truly is the Christie Purifoy or JRR Tolkien of inspy fiction. 'Yours is the Night' tells a story from multiple narrators' POVs--an impressive and challenging feat for any author, and to pull it off well is an abject rarity. This book does it very, very well. It's a timely release, too, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the instatement of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (which I've had the privilege of visiting several times). That lends an added gravitas and poignancy to an already layered plot! Earlier this year, I read (well, listened to the Audible version of) Stephen Crane's 'The Red Badge of Courage.' Kind of the mother of all war novels, it really brought the war setting and its impact on soldiers and their loved ones to life. I saw that here in 'Yours is the Night,' too, and the reading of (either, but especially) both redoubled my appreciation for our soldiers and their sacrifices. I'm reminded of the quote that 'those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeat it.' I highly recommend reading 'Yours is the Night; I firmly believe you will enjoy it, appreciate it, and come away changed. I received an eARC of the book from the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    This was a beautiful and poignant story of WWI, from an area with which I was unfamilar: the forests of Argonne in NE France, near the Belgian border. There's the expected: trench warfare, snipers, gases; and some unexpected: aristocracy in hiding, a chaplain with no concept of faith, an angel in the wood. It has an almost fairy tale quality to it--Mira is like a princess hidden deep in the wood, though Matthew resembles more a lucky woodcutter's son than prince (which is as much or more a commo This was a beautiful and poignant story of WWI, from an area with which I was unfamilar: the forests of Argonne in NE France, near the Belgian border. There's the expected: trench warfare, snipers, gases; and some unexpected: aristocracy in hiding, a chaplain with no concept of faith, an angel in the wood. It has an almost fairy tale quality to it--Mira is like a princess hidden deep in the wood, though Matthew resembles more a lucky woodcutter's son than prince (which is as much or more a common trope in fairy tales anyway). They fall in love as swiftly as in any fairy tale, but it works in this story. As usual, the author's prose is beautiful. As there are five different points of view and all share the author's lyrical style, I did have trouble keeping track of perspective (granted, all I had to do was read the name at the chapter heading and remember it--it really shouldn't have been that hard). Chaplain George's voice was most distinguishable by his ironic irreverence. He was pretty funny, but absolutely not anyone I would entrust with spiritual lives. They were all interesting perspectives, but I wouldn't have minded if it had been limited to Mira and Matthew. Nonetheless, it's a lovely, sometimes heart-wrenching story. Thank you Bethany House and NetGalley for the complimentary e-book. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kendra :)

    This book (similar to any Amanda Dykes book I've read) is so wonderful! The characters reach out to my soul (and even though there are five main characters, Amanda Dykes somehow created a unique voice for each one as she narrated their point of view in first person). It honours the soldiers of WWI (and EVERY war) so beautifully, so poetically. Honouring the soldiers who have died or had to live with SEVERE ptsd after war is so very uncommon in North American society, but Amanda Dykes did it, and This book (similar to any Amanda Dykes book I've read) is so wonderful! The characters reach out to my soul (and even though there are five main characters, Amanda Dykes somehow created a unique voice for each one as she narrated their point of view in first person). It honours the soldiers of WWI (and EVERY war) so beautifully, so poetically. Honouring the soldiers who have died or had to live with SEVERE ptsd after war is so very uncommon in North American society, but Amanda Dykes did it, and she did it in a way that helps to show the individual behind the soldier, helps to show each and every crucial point that makes up a real, breathing person. She embodies this in her writing, and it is purely wonderful!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Joanne | wellreadcoffeeaddict

    I do not have words to describe how this book impacted me, how emotional I was reading it, nor how deceivingly simple yet oh so profound it is. I wish I could write a beautiful, gushing review like other readers have been able to, but I can't. I just don't have the words. If you need any convincing, that's it right there - me, ME - speechless! Amanda Dykes has quickly become my favourite author, period. I'll be back to finish this review once I find the words. I do not have words to describe how this book impacted me, how emotional I was reading it, nor how deceivingly simple yet oh so profound it is. I wish I could write a beautiful, gushing review like other readers have been able to, but I can't. I just don't have the words. If you need any convincing, that's it right there - me, ME - speechless! Amanda Dykes has quickly become my favourite author, period. I'll be back to finish this review once I find the words.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jane Lebak

    A well-written book about three soldiers during World War I, and the woman they're charged with protecting on a trip to Paris. Explores their humanity and the ties that link us all to one another, the past and the present, the darkness and the light. A well-written book about three soldiers during World War I, and the woman they're charged with protecting on a trip to Paris. Explores their humanity and the ties that link us all to one another, the past and the present, the darkness and the light.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ashlyn Jacobs

    I really did want to like this book, and I love Amanda Dykes’s other two novels. I love how she attests to God’s character through her storytelling and interweaves faith in her characters. But if I’m being honest, I had a hard time enjoying the writing. It’s overwhelmingly purple prose. The plot was predictable, especially now having read her other two books, and slow for the first half. The romance didn’t have the chemistry I was looking for. Also, I think it’s possible she used “control-f” to I really did want to like this book, and I love Amanda Dykes’s other two novels. I love how she attests to God’s character through her storytelling and interweaves faith in her characters. But if I’m being honest, I had a hard time enjoying the writing. It’s overwhelmingly purple prose. The plot was predictable, especially now having read her other two books, and slow for the first half. The romance didn’t have the chemistry I was looking for. Also, I think it’s possible she used “control-f” to replace every single “on” with “upon” which got old fast. A sweet romanticized WWI read if that’s your thing, but I prefer Dykes other books.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kailey

    I find that I don’t have the proper words to describe this book. The author does such a great job shining light into the darkness and giving the reader a sense of hope through this book. I loved how she was able to weave together all of the different characters’ points of views to tell such an amazing story. She once again brought me to tears with this one. There’s just something about her writing style that makes me unable to put her books down. I can’t recommend this one enough! I received a co I find that I don’t have the proper words to describe this book. The author does such a great job shining light into the darkness and giving the reader a sense of hope through this book. I loved how she was able to weave together all of the different characters’ points of views to tell such an amazing story. She once again brought me to tears with this one. There’s just something about her writing style that makes me unable to put her books down. I can’t recommend this one enough! I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    Amanda is such a talented author that I knew this book would be fantastic. I really had no idea what to expect with the story line and I was a little surprised on where she took the characters. I loved this book but it is heart wrenching the entire way through. I loved the added details of letting the light shine in the darkness and really it made this book so much more than a typical war story. This book takes you right into the trenches of WWI and then on a journey you aren’t really expecting Amanda is such a talented author that I knew this book would be fantastic. I really had no idea what to expect with the story line and I was a little surprised on where she took the characters. I loved this book but it is heart wrenching the entire way through. I loved the added details of letting the light shine in the darkness and really it made this book so much more than a typical war story. This book takes you right into the trenches of WWI and then on a journey you aren’t really expecting with some added twists that aren’t revealed until later. The romance is sweet and a wonderful friendship more than anything. The history of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was very interesting having visited at Arlington. I also think stories such as this are a good reminder of what people have survived as I truly can’t imagine. It is so important to read about the past and I appreciate authors who can take us places we wouldn’t think about otherwise. I simply couldn’t put this book down and it is one of the best of the year. Five stars! "Thanks to Bethany House for providing me with a free copy. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review."

  27. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Bridgewater

    ours is the Night by Amanda Dykes has a beautiful synopsis that made me grab this novel. I have read the first two books by Dykes and enjoyed the writing style and the story. I have not read many novels that feature around the horror of World War I, but I have read plenty of novels that feature the nightmares circling World War II. This novel sounded interesting, and I know Dykes would do a wonderful job with it. Her writing is nicely done. I could see the mud drenches trenches that the soldiers ours is the Night by Amanda Dykes has a beautiful synopsis that made me grab this novel. I have read the first two books by Dykes and enjoyed the writing style and the story. I have not read many novels that feature around the horror of World War I, but I have read plenty of novels that feature the nightmares circling World War II. This novel sounded interesting, and I know Dykes would do a wonderful job with it. Her writing is nicely done. I could see the mud drenches trenches that the soldiers hovered around in. I could see them coming out of these trenches to fight the Germans. While Dykes has a masterful way of showing the details of the story, I had a hard time with the plot. There was nothing really interesting happening. I got bored pretty early on, and kept switching to other novels. I know it is a World War I story, but it appears it was a history textbook with boring facts. This story did not capture my attention. The characters were flat. I really did not care what they did either. I wanted this novel to be something more, but for me, it was not. If fell really short for me. I have seen some reviews where people love it. It could just be a bad time for me to read a World War I novel. I received a complimentary copy of Yours is the Night by Amanda Dykes from Bethany House Publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Best In Suspense - Kelly Underwood

    Yours is the Night by Amanda Dykes puts readers right on the front lines of WWI. The story is told with four main points of view. Matthew Petticrew faces the harsh realities of war when he’s assigned to the front lines for his unique ability to hear enemy fire before it hits. George Piccadilly tried to avoid the war by enrolling in school to become a chaplain, but somehow finds his way to the heart of the fighting. Journalist Henry Mueller sends updates back to America from the front lines, but Yours is the Night by Amanda Dykes puts readers right on the front lines of WWI. The story is told with four main points of view. Matthew Petticrew faces the harsh realities of war when he’s assigned to the front lines for his unique ability to hear enemy fire before it hits. George Piccadilly tried to avoid the war by enrolling in school to become a chaplain, but somehow finds his way to the heart of the fighting. Journalist Henry Mueller sends updates back to America from the front lines, but finds himself teamed up with Matthew and George. They discover a mysterious woman in the forest of France and she needs their help. They trudge through the battle-scarred land to ensure her safety. I love Amanda’s unique voice in story-telling. The story is rich and vibrant. She writes characters that come to life on the page. The plot is fast-paced, yet seeped with emotions. I loved every minute of the adventures this unlikely team faced and the camaraderie that was forged with the most unlikely people. The themes of hope and honor resonated with me, and I loved how each of the characters came into their own in the backdrop of an ugly and violent war. Despite being more of a romance novel than suspense, there’s so much packed into this story about the war and survival that I found myself hooked! It’s not sappy or overdone with the romance, the story focuses more on individual growth and the unlikely relationships that form in this difficult time. I highly suggest the audio book. I’m not usually one to like multiple narrators, but there were four or five in this version, and I thought they all did an outstanding job giving voice to each of the characters. Definitely check out this novel. It might bring you to tears, but it’s an outstanding literary work that will have me thinking about it long after I put the book down. I received an ebook review copy of this book through NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    A leisurely story, which, to me, read almost like connected character studies, as the author delved deep within the main players to reveal their backstories, hopes, dreams, and motivations. The author's poetic style (reminiscent of Ann Voskamp) gave this WWI story a dreamlike quality. The audio version had a cast of super narrators that made listening so enjoyable. Overall, another lovely novel from the talented Amanda Dykes! A leisurely story, which, to me, read almost like connected character studies, as the author delved deep within the main players to reveal their backstories, hopes, dreams, and motivations. The author's poetic style (reminiscent of Ann Voskamp) gave this WWI story a dreamlike quality. The audio version had a cast of super narrators that made listening so enjoyable. Overall, another lovely novel from the talented Amanda Dykes!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Suzie Waltner

    With two beautifully written and highly acclaimed books, Amanda Dykes has set a high standard for herself. And with Yours is the Night, she proves she is up to the challenge by not only meeting that standard but exceeding it. First thing to note is this is not a dual time story like Dykes’ previous books. It is 100% set during World War I but that takes nothing away from the story. And what a story it is!! Told through five points of view and based loosely on the Unknown Soldier, this book is like With two beautifully written and highly acclaimed books, Amanda Dykes has set a high standard for herself. And with Yours is the Night, she proves she is up to the challenge by not only meeting that standard but exceeding it. First thing to note is this is not a dual time story like Dykes’ previous books. It is 100% set during World War I but that takes nothing away from the story. And what a story it is!! Told through five points of view and based loosely on the Unknown Soldier, this book is like nothing I’ve read before. It is a story of war but more so it a story of human nature and fear and heartache and courage and sacrifice. It is emotional and raw and real. In short, it is the best book I’ve read this year (and maybe since Dykes’ previous book). You do not want to miss this book but be sure to keep the tissues on hand. And if you’re an audiobook fan, the narration on this one is amazing. Disclosure statement: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

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