Monday, April 28, 2014

For Such A Time: A Book Review

About The Book:

In 1944, blonde and blue-eyed Jewess Hadassah Benjamin feels abandoned by God when she is saved from a firing squad only to be handed over to a new enemy. Pressed into service by SS-Kommandant Colonel Aric von Schmidt at the transit camp of Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia, she is able to hide behind the false identity of Stella Muller. However, in order to survive and maintain her cover as Aric's secretary, she is forced to stand by as her own people are sent to Auschwitz. 

Suspecting her employer is a man of hidden depths and sympathies, Stella cautiously appeals to him on behalf of those in the camp. Aric's compassion gives her hope, and she finds herself battling a growing attraction for this man she knows she should despise as an enemy. 

Stella pours herself into her efforts to keep even some of the camp's prisoners safe, but she risks the revelation of her true identity with every attempt. When her bravery brings her to the point of the ultimate sacrifice, she has only her faith to lean upon. Perhaps God has placed her there for such a time as this, but how can she save her people when she is unable to save herself?

You can read an excerpt of this book here, in PDF format

About The Author:

A Florida girl who migrated to the Pacific Northwest, Kate Breslin was a bookseller for many years. Author of several travel articles, award-winning poet, and RWA Golden Heart finalist, Kate now writes inspiring stories about the healing power of God's love. For Such a Time is her first book. She lives with her husband and cat in Seattle, WA. Learn more at www.

My Review:

Esther is one of my absolute favorite people from, and books of, the Bible, and anytime a novel comes out that reflects the story of Esther, I have to read it. So when I found out I was going to be reviewing For Such A Time by Kate Breslin, I was understandably excited.

The book is a powerful read, and while the author admits to it not be 100% historically accurate, it is a book I am able to call one of my favorites so far this year. It is a story about the Holocaust and will evoke many emotions out of the reader, anger, grief, pain, and yet it is also filled with Hope. The characters of Hadassah Benjamin and von Schmidt were my favorite, and it was very apparent whom these characters were built around from the Biblical story of Esther. I would absolutely LOVE to see this book developed into a movie, as I quite enjoy war movies. I highly recommend reading the Author's notes as she explains a lot about what is real fact and what is not in the book.

If you are a fan of WWII and Historical Fiction genres of novels, this is absolutely the book for you!

I highly recommend this book and give it a HUGE thumbs up!

BUY IT: You can purchase For Such A Time at your favorite Christian book retailer from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications Inc., 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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