The conclusion to this sweeping family saga is bittersweet and heartbreaking. Some of the historical background reads like a history lesson, but the dramatic and life-threatening wartime events involving the family are gripping and realistic. A gratifying series-ender.
The growing Danforth family finds another war at its doorstep, with some of the adult children and older teenage grandchildren in important military roles. Romance between cousins adds complications, as does a family member’s Fascist leanings and a step-grandson’s involvement in the Hitler Youth. (HARVEST HOUSE, Feb., 384 pp., $13.99)