Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Embers in the London Sky by Sarah Sundin

Posted February 7, 2024 by meezcarrie in Book Review, Christian, giveaway, historical, mystery/suspense, romance, Sarah Sundin / 59 Comments

Embers in the London Sky book review

Embers in the London Sky by Sarah SundinEMBERS IN THE LONDON SKY by Sarah Sundin
GENRE: Historical Fiction/Romance & Mystery (Christian)
RELEASE DATE: February 6, 2024
PAGES: 394

As the German army invades the Netherlands in 1940, Aleida van der Zee Martens escapes to London to wait out the Occupation. Separated from her three-year-old son, Theo, in the process, the young widow desperately searches for her little boy even as she works for an agency responsible for evacuating children to the countryside.

When German bombs set London ablaze, BBC radio correspondent Hugh Collingwood reports on the Blitz, eager to boost morale while walking the fine line between truth and censorship. But the Germans are not the only ones Londoners have to fear as a series of murders flame up amid the ashes.

The deaths hit close to home for Hugh, and Aleida needs his help to locate her missing son. As they work together, they grow closer and closer, both to each other and the answers they seek. But with bombs falling and continued killings, they may be running out of time.

Embers in the London Sky is a delightful blend of World War 2 history, sweet romance, and intriguing mystery. The characters are each so compelling, and there are several subplots that all weave seamlessly together into one cohesive plot that kept me turning the pages, eager to see how it all resolved. I loved Aleida and Hugh’s sweet friendship and subsequent slow burn romance, as well as the moving faith journeys that the events of this book take them through.

The story opens with our heroine Aleida van der Zee Martens fleeing the German invasion of the Netherlands with her controlling husband and precious three-year-old son Theo. When a series of tragic circumstances leave her arriving in London widowed and without her son, she begins a desperate search for Theo, made all the more complicated by the chaos of wartime London and the evacuation of children to the countryside. I so admired her quiet strength and fierce love for her son, and I wanted to hug her tightly many times through all the highs and lows of the search. We meet BBC radio correspondent Hugh Collingwood on a tragic day in his life too, but I was instantly drawn to his charm and his passion for his job. He struggles against family expectations that would suffocate him as well as restrictive parameters as to what he can & can’t report. I haven’t read many WW2 novels that focus on a radio correspondent so I also found that aspect of his story quite intriguing.

Along with following Hugh and Aleida’s growth as individuals and as a team, we are also treated to a series of murder mysteries – maybe connected, maybe not – that need to be solved. Hugh’s role in the solving makes perfect sense, given his natural gift at following a story to report, and I thought the way that Sundin set up Aleida’s involvement (via relationships not only with Hugh but with some of the victims too) worked perfectly for her character as well. I enjoyed following the clues along with their investigation, and as the body count continued to rise I couldn’t tear myself away from the growing questions. I also thought it was an interesting reminder that life during this time period wasn’t just about how war affected the world – that people continue to be people, that evil continues to be evil, and that good continues to shine a light in the darkness.

Bottom Line: If you’ve never read a book by Sarah Sundin, then Embers in the London Sky is the perfect place to start. But then do go back and catch up on her backlist because she’s one of the best when it comes to compelling stories that combine history, romance, and a little intrigue and/or mystery as well. Set during the Blitz, this novel follows two layered characters as they each search for answers to several questions – where is Aleida’s son? will Hugh get to keep the career he loves? will anyone speak up for the refugee children? who is behind all these murders? and (my favorite) can there be a happily-ever-after for the two of them? Along the way, we also meet a gaggle of vibrant supporting characters who breathe even more life into the story… including a cantankerously-endearing cat named Lennox. I found each of the subplots and characters intriguing, and I appreciated the subtle faith thread, too. Such a good read!

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / loved it!

KissingBook Level: 3 / may forget to breathe on occasion

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Sarah Sundin

Sarah Sundin is the bestselling author of When Twilight Breaks, Until Leaves Fall in Paris, The Sound of Light, and the popular WWII series Sunrise at Normandy, among others. She is a Christy Award winner and a Carol Award winner, and her novels have received starred reviews from Booklist, Library Journal, and Publishers Weekly, and have appeared on Booklist‘s “101 Best Romance Novels of the Last 10 Years.” Sarah lives in California. Visit for more information.

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Embers in the London Sky giveaway

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What about you? What makes you want to read Embers in the London Sky by Sarah Sundin?

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59 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): Embers in the London Sky by Sarah Sundin

    • Lisa D

      I’ve loved all the books I’ve read by Sarah Sundin. She is so thoughtful and pays attention to details

  1. Pam K.

    There was an excerpt of Embers in the London Sky in the back of her book The Sound of Light. I want to know the rest of the story. Sarah Sundin’s books are always very good.

  2. Roxanne C.

    Sarah Sundin’s writing is amazing. I can picture everything, and her stories keep me turning the page. It will be difficult to put this book down.

  3. Megan Hamsher

    I 💕 Sarah’s books.
    I never know what I’ll learn next

    A desperate mom.
    A little kid.
    A correspondent.
    And while fires caused by bombings is one thing…murders and arson aren’t.


  4. Sandy Avery

    I have a few backlist books to read yet, but Sarah Sundin’s books are always on my favorites list. I already have my library copy to read this week!

  5. Martha

    I would like to read Embers in the Sky as I really enjoy all of Sarah’s books. The characters are interesting and deep and there are plenty of details and events to keep the story interesting.

  6. Becky D

    She really is a fantastic author!! And…WW2 is a favorite time period to read about in our family. Her stories always take us there so vividly. Thank you so much for sharing this with us!!! 😍📚

  7. Betsy T.

    Love Sarah Sundin’s books with the wonderful combination of history, action and romance. Can’t wait to read this latest one!

  8. Debra

    Congrats to whomever wins this book! (I’m going for audio!). I’m really intrigued by this story line and setting and of course we all know what to expect from Sarah Sundin!

  9. Anne

    Sarah Sundin’s novels are meaningful, profound and memorable. Reading World War 2 novels are my favorite and the author is extremely talented and brilliant.

  10. Nancy

    I would like to read Embers in the London Sky by Sarah Sundin because I like books with WWII settings in England.

  11. Cindy Merrill

    I am a History Buff, very interested in War Rationing, how citizens coped. I really would like to read the book and possibly donate it to our local public library.

  12. Ruth Jarrett

    I have read several of Sarah Sundin’s books and enjoyed them. Looking forward to reading this book.

  13. Alison Boss

    WWII fiction is one of my favorite genres to read, and this new book by Susan Sundin sounds very intriguing! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book!

  14. Kay Garrett

    Love reading book in this era. Can’t wait for the opportunity to read and review this book already on my TBR list.

  15. Stephanie

    I love a book with a bit of mystery to them and this story sounds compelling to me. Adding it to my tbr list!

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