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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (318 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Dorothy Garlock Narrator: Susanna Burney Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2009 ISBN: 9781482978841
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Sophie Heller and her family emigrated from Germany to the small town of Victory, Illinois, well before WWII began. But now that the war has deeply affected the town, local residents are beginning to turn a cold shoulder toward them. Then tragedy strikes when a train is derailed, and the Heller family is unfairly blamed. With paranoia and discrimination threatening to destroy the once peaceful town, the handsome teacher from the high school gallantly comes to Sophie’s defense. Against great odds and despite their cultural differences, a romance begins to blossom—but can their newfound love survive amid the escalating turmoil?

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There is nothing better than Dorothy Garlock at her best.”

    Sandra Brown, New York Times bestselling author

  • “A gifted writer.”

    Chicago Sun-Times 

  • “Compelling…star-crossed romance.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Emotional, historically rich novel.”

    Booklist

  • “One of America’s most endearing historical fiction authors.”

    Romantic Times 

  • “Every Dorothy Garlock book is synonymous with a great read.”

    Janet Dailey, New York Times bestselling author

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Molly | 2/2/2014

    " Saccharine and asinine. One of the worst books I've read in years. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 1/25/2014

    " Very Easy to read, a little fluffy though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruth | 1/21/2014

    " A beautifully crafted love story with plenty of suspence and passion! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia Solla | 12/31/2013

    " I like the stories I have read from this author. This story takes place at the time the US enters WWII. It's interesting to see the reaction and interactions of the characters. It's not a war story per se but a tale of how a nationality and a physical imperfection are treated by certain people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nikki | 12/20/2013

    " I always enjoy reading period pieces that give a glimpse into the lives of people during World War II. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laurie | 12/17/2013

    " If you like grocery store romance paperbacks then you'll like this. The only reason I read pastthe first 30 pages was because a friend said it wasn't bad. (She gave the book 2 stars). So I kept reading, thinking it would get better. It didn't. What a waste of time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amie | 12/8/2013

    " I LOVED the story...but it had way too many curse words and some sex scenes that I had to skip over. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 12/2/2013

    " This was a surprisingly good book. I've never read anything of hers before. Rather violent in places (guns and knives) but a good mystery with romance thrown in. All the exclamation points threw me though, as I didn't think they were necessary. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 11/28/2013

    " Loved the book. But, Dorothy Garlocks books are always excellent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beverly | 10/16/2013

    " Very good by a good author. Enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roscella Beck | 5/14/2013

    " I really liked this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paula Umlauf | 8/30/2012

    " I thought it was boring and predictable. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenni | 7/22/2012

    " I think I have read her books before but can't remember which ones specifically. There was some cussing and adult content-but of the adult content it was "cleaner" than most. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Connie | 2/4/2012

    " Loved this historical romance!! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Annie | 1/29/2012

    " Picked this up at the Waycross Walmart when i ran out of stuff to read at the beach. Not sure if i will finish it. Boring, and not that well-written. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Naomi | 12/26/2011

    " Tried to enjoy this, but felt that there was something missing. It lacked color in it's characters and writing. I don't think I'll read Dorothy Garlock again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 12/22/2011

    " Okay. Nothing great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenajo | 12/1/2011

    " The Moon Looked Down is an enjoyable book about a German immigrant family that is targeted in error for retribution in the USA during WWII. The author uses well filled characters to convey a sense of the times and the story. Good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 11/12/2011

    " Grabs you from page one and keeps you hooked until the end. Very good book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 10/22/2011

    " It was OK. A bit predictable, and wrapped up a little too neatly, but OK. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kara | 8/24/2011

    " Blek! I honestly have no idea why this author is considered a bestseller! This book was poorly written and irritating throughout. I should have just read the last few pages rather than pushing through the whole thing. I hate when things sound really good and end up flopping--too bad! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julianne | 5/18/2011

    " This is about a German family in Illinois during World War II. People are signing up to serve, and others are accusing this family of being German spies. Good view of what life was like in small-town middle America during this historic time.

    Lots and lots of swear words. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Glenajo | 3/4/2011

    " The Moon Looked Down is an enjoyable book about a German immigrant family that is targeted in error for retribution in the USA during WWII. The author uses well filled characters to convey a sense of the times and the story. Good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane | 2/7/2011

    " Amid the prejudices of the 1940's against the Germans, 2 people stand up and fight for their rights against those who are small minded in a little country town. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Roscella | 9/8/2010

    " I really liked this book. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 JUDY ANN | 2/25/2010

    " I DIDN'T LIKE THIS BOOK VERY MUCH. TOO CHEESY!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky | 12/6/2009

    " Grabs you from page one and keeps you hooked until the end. Very good book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nell | 11/19/2009

    " WWII era book. I enjoyed this - if you have read this
    author b-4 you will too. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Annika | 11/13/2009

    " I like the time period, I like the background, I like the theory of this story.

    But the story was awful, so cheesy and predictable. Yawn. "

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About the Author
Author Dorothy Garlock

Dorothy Garlock is one of America’s—and the world’s—favorite novelists. She is the nationally bestselling and award-winning author of more than thirty romances that often feature the exciting backdrop of the Old West. Her books, all enthusiastically reviewed, now total more than eight million copies in print with translations in fifteen languages. She lives in Clear Lake, Iowa.

About the Narrator

Susanna Burney has appeared in a wide range of plays on stages in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Minneapolis, and Seattle. Her favorite roles include Hamlet, Olga in Three Sisters, Mrs. Wilcox in a stage adaptation of Howard’s End, and as the solo performer in Man to Man, for which she was named best actress of the year in the Seattle weekly, the Stranger. She received her BFA in acting from Boston University.