Tuesday, November 30, 2010

While We're Far Apart: Book Review

About The Book:

In an unassuming apartment building in Brooklyn, New York, three lives intersect as the reality of war invades each aspect of their lives. Young Esther is heartbroken when her father decides to enlist in the army shortly after the death of her mother. Penny Goodrich has been in love with Eddie Shaffer for as long as she can remember; now that Eddie's wife is dead, Penny feels she has been given a second chance and offers to care for his children in the hope that he will finally notice her and marry her after the war. And elderly Mr. Mendel, the landlord, waits for the war to end to hear what has happened to his son trapped in war-torn Hungary.

But during the long, endless wait for victory overseas, life on the home front will go from bad to worse. Yet these characters will find themselves growing and changing in ways they never expected--and ultimately discovering truths about God's love... even when He is silent.

About The Author:

Lynn Austin, a former teacher who now writes and speaks full time, has won five Christy Awards for her historical fiction. One of those novels, Hidden Places, has also been made into a Hallmark Channel movie. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and make their home near Chicago, Illinois. Visit Lynn's Web site at www.lynnaustin.org

My Review:

I have had the pleasure of reading Austin's previous work, Though Waters Roar, and so was looking forward to much anticipation the release of her new book, While We're Far Apart. It was well worth the wait. Though this book covers the atrocities of war, and the Holocaust, it is done with much reverence. The detail with which Austin writes allows the reader to feel like you are right there in the scenes. Remarkable writing that will keep you drawn in  right through the entire book.

As you read While We're Far Apart you are reminded that even though it does not seem like God is with us during the trials in our lives, He is and will always bring us through. Not always how we expect, but always the way He plans. You will meet some remarkable characters and I love the way that Lynn Austin has eloquently woven each characters story lines into one another. Definitely a book I plan to read over and over.

If you are a fan of Christian historical fiction, I highly recommend While We're Far Apart.

BUY IT: You can purchase While We're Far Apart through your local bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own, and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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