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Springtime of the Spirit

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Praise for the Great War series


“Set in the French hamlet of Briecourt, [
Look to the East
] teems with conflict. . . . Lang’s novel is a cautionary tale as well as a romance within an exciting framework of war, secrets, and blissful reunions.”

Publishers Weekly

“Maureen Lang’s novel is a must read for all historical romance fans!”

Story Circle Book Reviews

“A story of love and courage that uplifts and inspires.”

“A wonderful read! I’ve come to expect excellent prose from Maureen Lang, and
Look to the East
doesn’t disappoint. It gives a glimpse into the past that will make you reflect upon the characters and the message long after you’ve finished reading.”

, best-selling author of
Somewhere to Belong

“Maureen Lang is a master storyteller! The plot kept me turning pages, and I found myself enraptured with the heroine’s desire for love and peace amid conflict. Highly recommended!”

, author of
Songbird Under a German Moon

“The characters are well written and well-rounded in this tale of romance and suspense.”

Romantic Times

Whisper on the Wind
shouts God’s goodness to His followers, even when His plan seems unknowable. . . . Lang has done an excellent job drawing her reader into World War I and the stories of the brave souls who fought and perished on both sides.”

Author’s Choice Reviews

Whisper on the Wind
brings to life a time and place too often forgotten in historical fiction. . . . The suspenseful climax kept me on the edge of my seat!”

, best-selling author of
While We’re Far Apart

Whisper on the Wind
is a suspense-filled romance set in occupied Belgium during WWI. Lang has written an exciting page-turner, one that will have readers racing to reach the end so they can discover how it will turn out. I highly recommend this book.”

, best-selling author of
A Vote of Confidence
Fit to Be Tied

“The plot gripped me almost from the beginning. I loved the combination of action, adventure, and romance. . . . A good read for anyone who likes historical romances.”

“[A] tale of bravery and intrigue that will keep your eyes glued to the story, page after page.”

“The story is so well written, it keeps you glued to the pages and you find yourself going through a roller coaster of emotions—you laugh and you cry, and you just keep wanting more and more. A definite must read.”

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Springtime of the Spirit

Copyright © 2011 by Maureen Lang. All rights reserved.

Cover photograph of buildings copyright © by Stephen Vosloo. All rights reserved.

Cover photograph of woman taken by Stephen Vosloo. Copyright © by Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.

Author photo copyright © 2005 by Jennifer Girard. All rights reserved.

Designed by Beth Sparkman

Edited by Sarah Mason

Published in association with the literary agency of WordServe Literary Group, Ltd., 10152 S. Knoll Circle, Highlands Ranch, CO 80130.

Scripture quotations are taken from the
Holy Bible
, King James Version.

This novel is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents either are the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events, locales, organizations, or persons living or dead is entirely coincidental and beyond the intent of either the author or the publisher.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Lang, Maureen.

Springtime of the spirit / Maureen Lang.

p. cm. — (The Great War)

ISBN 978-1-4143-2437-1 (sc)

1. World War, 1914-1918—Veterans—Germany—Fiction. 2. Germany—Social conditions—1918-1933—Fiction. 3. Germany—History—1918-1933—Fiction.

I. Title.

PS3612.A554S67 2011

813'.6—dc22 2010047427


Dedicated to my three brothers,
, and
, and my brother-in-law,

each of whom at one time or another inspired political “discussions” in my family.


For this model of political passion, I extend my heartfelt gratitude.


Table of Contents



Praise for the Great War series



Part One: November 1918

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

Chapter 21

Chapter 22

Chapter 23

Chapter 24

Chapter 25

Chapter 26

Part Two : February 1919

Chapter 27

Chapter 28

Chapter 29

Chapter 30

Chapter 31

Chapter 32

Chapter 33

Chapter 34

Chapter 35

Chapter 36

Chapter 37

Chapter 38

Chapter 39

Chapter 40

Chapter 41

Chapter 42

Chapter 43

Chapter 44




Author’s Note


About the Author


Discussion Questions




As with all my books, only my name shows up on the cover. In fact, my stories would barely be recognizable without the encouragement and insight of my two editors, Stephanie Broene and Sarah Mason. For this one especially, I am deeply grateful.


Germans who lived during those first ten postwar years talked of them afterwards as a time full of dangerous strains, yet too of hope and promise—a springtime of the spirit.

Terence Prittie,
Life World Library: Germany
, 1961, 1968


And what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

Micah 6:8





A Summary of Terms:


is meant the class of modern
, owners of the means of social production and employers of wage labour. By
, the class of modern wage labourers who, having no means of production of their own, are reduced to selling their labour power in order to live.

F. Engels, note to the English edition of 1888,
The Communist Manifesto
by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels




Once there was a country that wanted a turn being a great and mighty empire. They thought their freedom was at stake when the countries around them matched their race for armaments. To protect that freedom and to make a try for their mighty empire, they ordered their army—an army with a glorious history of excellence—to fight.

Despite all assurances that they would surely win, this country was defeated after all. And its people, shocked at losing a war they’d been told would be won, ripened for revolt against the leadership that had brought them not only the loss of so many men, but the scorn of the world.

Some were willing to allow more sacrifice, but no longer from the workers and soldiers who had already given so much.

Some wanted a better nation through finding a better part of themselves.

This is the story of two such people.

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