Moments before their B-17 bomber crashes in German-occupied Austria, two of the three remaining crewmen manage to parachute out of the aircraft. Captain Charlie Banks and Corporal Samuel Aldridge find shelter in a barn, where they are discovered by a beautiful young Austrian woman. Despite the danger to herself and her family, Marianne Leichtner decides to help the two Americans. Her courage and character soon win Charlie’s heart.
When the Nazis come to investigate the plane crash, Charlie and Sam must escape through enemy territory. Just steps from freedom, they are captured by Italian fascists. Survival takes on a new meaning for the airmen, and Charlie begins to question everything, including his faith. Only the hope of seeing Marianne again keeps him going over the long months in prison. But if he survives, will she still care for him? And will Charlie learn to trust in the Lord’s promises?
|Size||5.5 x 8.5|
|Published||Walnut Springs 2016|
By Shauna Wheelwright, Submitted on 2016-12-12
What a FANTASTIC story! We know that the war battlefield is hard, but what happens when your plane crashes and your brother dies and your friend is hurt so badly that you have to find shelter instead of getting to safety? And what about the people who help them, putting their own lives in danger? And what happens if the American Captain falls in love with the Austrian girl and in his attempt to escape he lands in jail with terrible interrogations and the threat of being sent to a POW camp??? So many fascinating details of this story! Couldn't put it down! Captured by every moment and wanting more! Follow Charlie and Sam's journey to get back home in this phenomenal, must-read story!!!
By Secret Pearls Reviews, Submitted on 2016-10-26
Oh, wow! I can't describe how much I loved this book. It almost makes me sad that I didn't read the first book, but I know I have to now!
The whole time I was reading it, I kept wondering if it was a true story. I simply love family history and life stories. This just had a feel of being a life story being told in a historical fiction style.
I have several family members who have served or are serving in the armed forces. Growing up, I wanted to hear their stories but they either couldn't tell me due to classified information or they didn't want to tell me because the horrors of war were too real to them still. After reading this, I wished I could have heard their stories and been able to write books like this to share their stories with family.
This is definitely a romance, but I really wanted to learn more about his experiences during war time. I liked the fact that I wasn't fully obsessed with the relationship aspect, but gave me the desire to read everything that was being presented.
The first thing to really grab my attention was the religious undertone. My religion really is established in a way that universally we feel like family when we find that common bond. To recognize my religion within this book just brought me joy.
I simply loved the discussion questions at the end of the book. Although it seemed to be a romance novel, these questions really emphasized on the spiritual aspect of the book. It just added to the well-rounded feel to the novel. It had romance, spirituality, war-time events, etc. Amazing job!
I definitely will recommend it to everyone and even recommend this book to people wanting to write life stories in a unique way.
By Adrienne Quintana, Submitted on 2016-10-04
Crossing Lines is a sweet romance between an airman whose plane goes down in enemy territory during WWII and a young Austrian girl who helps him escape the Nazi's. Mason does a good job of hooking the reader in the first few pages. The action moves along smoothly until the captain and one of his wounded men are discovered hiding out in a barn by the lovely Marianne. I enjoyed the romance that developed, but it was a bit difficult reading it from Charlie's perspective since a lot of his time was spent hiding out. I would be interested to read the companion book, The Line that Divides, to find out Marianne's side of the story.
The story had some fun, unexpected twists, especially at the end. I also enjoyed the religious element. It was well done.