The Ragged Edge of Night

The Ragged Edge of Night Review

For fans of All the Light We Cannot See, Beneath a Scarlet Sky, and The Nightingale comes an emotionally gripping, beautifully written historical novel about extraordinary hope, redemption, and one man’s search for light during the darkest times of World War II.

Germany, 1942. Franciscan friar Anton Starzmann is stripped of his place in the world when his school is seized by the Nazis. He relocates to a small German hamlet to wed Elisabeth Herter, a widow who seeks a marriage—in name only—to a man who can help raise her three children. Anton seeks something too—atonement for failing to protect his young students from the wrath of the Nazis. But neither he nor Elisabeth expects their lives to be shaken once again by the inescapable rumble of war.

As Anton struggles to adapt to the roles of husband and father, he learns of the Red Orchestra, an underground network of resisters plotting to assassinate Hitler. Despite Elisabeth’s reservations, Anton joins this army of shadows. But when the SS discovers his schemes, Anton will embark on a final act of defiance that may cost him his life—even if it means saying goodbye to the family he has come to love more than he ever believed possible.

Title:The Ragged Edge of Night
Edition Language:English

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  • The Just-About-Cocky Ms M

    I rarely read book blurbs, even more rarely do I believe them, and never make a decision to read a book based upon its fulsome—and usually wildly ineffective and misleading—blurb.Case in point her...

  • Renee

    Beautiful language. Vibrant characters. Evocative sense of time and place. Highly recommend. Loved this story of a friar, who—though the Nazis stripped him of his office—continued to live out his ...

  • Marquise

    A wonderful, wonderful novel about the struggles of an ex-friar in Nazi Germany, when he has to balance the needs of his family with the demands of his conscience to resist the regime amidst the ever-...

  • Ronnie Hamblin

    The Ragged Edge of Night : The first 90% of the book was excellent and told of heroic people and families. I would definitely give it a 4. The "Historical Notes and authors remarks" at the end of the ...

  • Michael Charles Yett

    This was one of the greatest stories I have ever read and truly deserves five stars for the content of the story. The one star comes from the highly disappointing historical notes left by the author. ...

  • Lisa Rodgers

    Nice Story, Horrible Politics.The author manages to ruin a very nice story with a horrible political screed in post-story commentary. Thus, I cannot recommend this book....

  • Janet E. Rash

    RaggedI loved this book and recommend it to readers who currently want to resist the ominous events presently occurring in our country. ...

  • Heidi

    The plot of this book is basically Love Comes Softly meets The Sound of Music. An ex-friar marries a widow, and because I guess it's a romantic story or whatever, they take several years getting aroun...

  • Cindy Woods

    Eh...metaphorically speaking!This is a book I could not get into. Try as I might, the overuse of metaphors made the story stagnate. The adjectives are overflowing! Too much ruins a story....and this i...

  • R.

    I enjoyed this story of a mans' bravery against the Nazi's. However, when I read the authors commentary of why she thinks this applies to what is happening currently in the USA, I was extremely disapp...