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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. 4 out of 5

    Melissa Tagg

    Okay, it took me forever to write this review...mostly because I was intimidated to write it...mostly because I knew no matter what I said, it wouldn't be enough to capture how much I loved this story. Probably the best thing I can say is that the second I finished reading Yours is the Night, I said out loud: "Oh my word, I think this might be the best book I've ever read." SERIOUSLY. This story is both heart-wrenching and soul-stirring. In true Amanda Dykes fashion, the writing is gorgeous...th Okay, it took me forever to write this review...mostly because I was intimidated to write it...mostly because I knew no matter what I said, it wouldn't be enough to capture how much I loved this story. Probably the best thing I can say is that the second I finished reading Yours is the Night, I said out loud: "Oh my word, I think this might be the best book I've ever read." SERIOUSLY. This story is both heart-wrenching and soul-stirring. In true Amanda Dykes fashion, the writing is gorgeous...the characters are the kind that climb right into your heart and refuse to leave (and really, why would you even want them to?) and the plot gently and perfectly paced. The closer I got to The End, the faster I was turning pages as events escalated...gah, it's just SO good. Really, nothing I say is going to do this story justice, so I'm just going to say please, please read it. Amanda Dykes' debut novel, Whose Waves These Are, was the Christy Award Book of the Year in 2020. I was and am obsessed with that book and this one is every bit as engrossing and poignant. And if you're anything like me, you might want to have a tissue on hand...and a reader friend or two around who's willing to listen to you relentlessly gush. :)

  3. 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.*

  4. 4 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.

  5. 4 out of 5

    sincerely

    Oh, my heart. I finished Yours is the Night in the wee hours of the morning, precious time carved out of my day to give this story the respect it deserves. Right now, with tears streaming down my face, that is the word that keeps coming to me as I think about what the author has done here - Respect. She has shown respect. Honor. Dignity. Patriotism. Grace. To the immense sacrifices made during wartime, to the bravery of our American heroes, to the strength of love, and to the fierce severity wit Oh, my heart. I finished Yours is the Night in the wee hours of the morning, precious time carved out of my day to give this story the respect it deserves. Right now, with tears streaming down my face, that is the word that keeps coming to me as I think about what the author has done here - Respect. She has shown respect. Honor. Dignity. Patriotism. Grace. To the immense sacrifices made during wartime, to the bravery of our American heroes, to the strength of love, and to the fierce severity with which survivors fight to live in the light after battling the dark. It is hard to live as an empath, to constantly see symbolism that others miss, to feel emotions more deeply, to see loss and hope and pain and beauty all mixed in together on a daily basis. Are you an empath? Have you felt this? Reading Amanda's words was like turning the faucet of emotions I normally keep tamped down on full blast. Every sentence so poetic, each character triumphant, every story a gift. I trusted her to tell a grand story, and tell it she did. But Amanda not only tells a great story - she deliberately, carefully, and artistically weaves truth in every bit of it. My heart was broken at times, but my courage was bolstered and my hope renewed. Please read this book. And then go be brave. Despite the fact that it's discouraging to see how history repeats itself, which is clearly obvious with even the most cursory glance at world history, I *know* that each generation produces men and women of courage and valor who are willing to stand up for freedom and independence in the face of tyranny. May we honor them today, by being brave. Wherever we are, whatever we do...just be a little bit more brave. Congratulations, Amanda! Thank you for letting us read this beautiful story. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐+❤

  6. 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.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    "On the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier comes an emotive tale inspired by the courageous soldiers of World War I." Yours is the Night is an incredible book that the author poured her heart and soul into. I have read many,many WWI and WWII books there are those that fly from the mind soon after being read and those that stay with us in the heart. This is one that the heart keeps. The story is unique in the sense that we receive it through the eyes,thoughts and "On the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier comes an emotive tale inspired by the courageous soldiers of World War I." Yours is the Night is an incredible book that the author poured her heart and soul into. I have read many,many WWI and WWII books there are those that fly from the mind soon after being read and those that stay with us in the heart. This is one that the heart keeps. The story is unique in the sense that we receive it through the eyes,thoughts and actions of five individual characters. This puts a unique perspective on the story. Emotional, this is one not to miss! Pub Date 03 Aug 2021 I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  8. 4 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.

  9. 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!!

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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!)

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rosalyn

    This story. It spoke deeply to it heart. Amanda Dykes has a way of bringing to life those dark, dark days of the Great War, showing us tiny beams of light that shone in the midst of all that darkness. This is one of those stories that grips you so deeply, you know you won't soon forget it. The story is just beautiful. It took me a bit to read, and then to process, before I could start writing a review that would even come close to doing it justice... Matthew Petticrew has had an unusual childhood. T This story. It spoke deeply to it heart. Amanda Dykes has a way of bringing to life those dark, dark days of the Great War, showing us tiny beams of light that shone in the midst of all that darkness. This is one of those stories that grips you so deeply, you know you won't soon forget it. The story is just beautiful. It took me a bit to read, and then to process, before I could start writing a review that would even come close to doing it justice... Matthew Petticrew has had an unusual childhood. This book is his story, and the large part of it is during WWI. This is also a story about the Angel of the Argonne. Mira. A girl who grew up deep in the forest, living only with her Papa and her Grand-Pere. Until the war reached their forgotten corners of the world. Then we see how their two worlds collided - Matthew and Mira. Matthew wants to do nothing more than rescue Mira, keep her safe. Is it even possible when there are soldiers everywhere in her beloved France? Secondary characters include several of Matthew's fellow soldiers. (and others, too, of course) An honest look at humanity, and the terrible realities of a war like that one. This story gives us an unusual look at this Great War. Beautiful characters. Lovely setting. I found myself quickly falling in love with all of it. This is a book that will linger with me for a long time. Disclaimer: I receive complimentary books from various sources, including, publishers, publicists, authors, and/or NetGalley. I am not required to write a positive review, and have not received any compensation. The opinions shared here are my own entirely. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

  16. 4 out of 5

    E.C.

    *Disclaimer: I received a free eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an HONEST review. All opinions are my own.* Anddd ... Amanda Dykes delivers yet again. Books like these are the reason why she's my favorite historical fiction author. ;) YOURS IS THE NIGHT is filled to the brim with all her usual specialties—beautiful prose that lends an otherworldly feel to ordinary places, deep characters with relatable personal journeys, God-honoring romance, and the signature bit of humor thrown into the mix *Disclaimer: I received a free eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an HONEST review. All opinions are my own.* Anddd ... Amanda Dykes delivers yet again. Books like these are the reason why she's my favorite historical fiction author. ;) YOURS IS THE NIGHT is filled to the brim with all her usual specialties—beautiful prose that lends an otherworldly feel to ordinary places, deep characters with relatable personal journeys, God-honoring romance, and the signature bit of humor thrown into the mix. = A masterpiece. It took a bit for me to get into this book—I was slightly confused, which may have to do with the fact that I read it on the computer—but around the halfway mark, I was intrigued. So, in all, so glad I read all the way through. The characters were definitely original—George was one of my absolute favorites. And Matthew. I really enjoyed how all the side characters weren't just cookie-cutter stereotypes—they were real, with areas to grow in throughout the story. I especially sympathized with Henry and how he had to learn to stop trying to be someone he wasn't and be honest no matter the costs. So in all, another solid, beautiful read from Dykes.

  17. 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

  18. 5 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.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl Barker

    Wow, another stellar read by Amanda Dykes. I won't be surprised if it becomes an award winner too. Loved the characters she created and seeing their growth over the course of this World War I story -- which is amazing as well. She chose the perfect title for this book. The depth of meaning it conveys and how it springs so naturally from the story made my heart sing as I saw it come together. Another historical fiction book not to be missed. Highly recommend. Wow, another stellar read by Amanda Dykes. I won't be surprised if it becomes an award winner too. Loved the characters she created and seeing their growth over the course of this World War I story -- which is amazing as well. She chose the perfect title for this book. The depth of meaning it conveys and how it springs so naturally from the story made my heart sing as I saw it come together. Another historical fiction book not to be missed. Highly recommend.

  20. 4 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 5 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.

  23. 5 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.

  24. 5 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

    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.

  26. 5 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.

  27. 4 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.

  28. 5 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.

  29. 4 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!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ebos Aifuobhokhan

    This story was so many things; heart wrenching, interesting, captivating. The story was so captivating that one page turned to another and so on. The characters stole my heart. Their pains, joys, sorrows, triumph were so palpable. The way the author wrote was so amazing. It felt like I was there in the story. It was act of genius the way the author wrote from multiple characters poimt of view clearly and not confusing or clumsy at all. I received a copy of this book and this is my honest opinion This story was so many things; heart wrenching, interesting, captivating. The story was so captivating that one page turned to another and so on. The characters stole my heart. Their pains, joys, sorrows, triumph were so palpable. The way the author wrote was so amazing. It felt like I was there in the story. It was act of genius the way the author wrote from multiple characters poimt of view clearly and not confusing or clumsy at all. I received a copy of this book and this is my honest opinion.

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