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While We’re Far Apart | [Lynn Austin]

While We’re Far Apart

Five-time Christy Award winner Lynn Austin is acclaimed as “one of the genre’s best historical fiction novelists” (Library Journal). Set in Brooklyn, New York, during World War II, While We’re Far Apart is a brilliant blend of captivating characters, heart-tugging emotions, and vivid spiritual truths. While a motherless girl longs for her daddy and a young lady hopes for a second chance at love, this poignant tale explores the uncertainty that stalks the homefront as the “War to End All Wars” rages in Europe.
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Publisher's Summary

Five-time Christy Award winner Lynn Austin is acclaimed as “one of the genre’s best historical fiction novelists” (Library Journal). Set in Brooklyn, New York, during World War II, While We’re Far Apart is a brilliant blend of captivating characters, heart-tugging emotions, and vivid spiritual truths. While a motherless girl longs for her daddy and a young lady hopes for a second chance at love, this poignant tale explores the uncertainty that stalks the homefront as the “War to End All Wars” rages in Europe.

©2010 Lynn Austin (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

What the Critics Say

"Esther Shaffer, 12, mourns her dead mother and now faces her father enlisting in the army; Penny Goodrich, long in love with Eddie Shaffer, volunteers to care for his children, hoping to marry Eddie when he returns; and Jacob Mendel, a Jewish widower, struggles to find Hashem (God) amid his loss. Their lives intersect as Jacob rediscovers his faith, Penny discovers her past and her future, and Esther begins to understand life and love. Add family drama, D-Day, the Holocaust, arson, and young love, and you'll see why Austin is so popular." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Sara USA 09-17-13
    Sara USA 09-17-13

    No plot spoilers please!

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    "Love, forgiveness and growth"
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    A winner from Lynn Austin. From the first chapter I was drawn into the lives of the characters as they struggled to cope with loss, separation and fear during WWII Brooklyn NY. Austin explores concepts of love and family and faith on multiple levels. The story telling is complex and beautifully engaging. Another page turner pleasure to the very end.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    TZVI SZAJNBRUM 11-02-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Didn't know it was "Christian lit""

    I bought this audio book because of the story content. As a Jewish reader I thought it would be about Europe, the Holocaust and America. So I was surprised to find the "Christian" element and only after research realized that this is "Christian lit". I forged on and thoroughly enjoyed the story. It portrayed the Jewish characters very realistically and the story was interesting and emotionally gripping, even though a little sappy. I don't know if I will read anything more by this author but this story was well narrated and enjoyable.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne Wausau, WI, United States 02-08-12
    Suzanne Wausau, WI, United States 02-08-12

    wisconsin gal

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    "A Wonderful, historical, WWII novel"

    Lynn Austin accomplished it all in this novel. Faith, hope and love immersed in each word. I leaned much about the Jewish faith, the horrors of anti-Semitism, both here and abroad, as well as a reminder that we must never allow another Hitler to inflict his insanity in our world. Bravo Ms Austin. The book was beautifully narrated and kept this reader yearning for more.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 08-08-14
    Daryl Edmonton, Alberta, Canada 08-08-14
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    "Not Austin's best, but a solid work"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I wouldn't introduce a friend to her work with this book, but it's a good book that I would recommend.


    Which character – as performed by Suzanne Toren – was your favorite?

    Jacob Mendel. Toren's accent is perfect in this role!


    Any additional comments?

    this book moves along more as a character development rather than a plot-driven book. I enjoyed the growth of characters, particularly Esther's complex process of growing up and Penny coming out of her shell.
    The elements of Judeo-Christian faith are incorporated, for the most part, realistically. In some ways, most characters wrestle with real questions about God's existence, whether they doubt him or are angry with him.
    While some of the writing is simplistic - more so than Austin's other works - many characters tackle with real issues of growing up, facing painful truths, holding on to unnecessary baggage, and separation from loved ones.
    Suzanne Toren is a good narrator for Jacob Mendel, the letters from Hungary, and portions of penny's story; however, Esther is a young character, and her story might have been better served by another narrator. This is, however, a preference, and not a reflection of Toren's talent.
    A worthwhile read for inspirational fiction fans.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    betty west sunbury, PA, United States 09-07-12
    betty west sunbury, PA, United States 09-07-12 Member Since 2009

    West Sunbury, Pa.

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    "Doesn't seem like a Lynn Austin book."

    I have listened to many Lynn Austin books, and I can't believe she wrote this book. To me it is boring from the very beginning. The story is shallow, and the characters are made to be very whiney people. This is not an Austin book that I would recommend. Sorry for the bad review, but this is the way I feel.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Fry Wichita, KS, United States 09-17-11
    Fry Wichita, KS, United States 09-17-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Terrific Characters"

    An amazingly strong, brave and unique heroine. I was as much in love with the characters as the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    maria aguirre 07-23-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Good story"

    I liked this book, it definitely flows well and although has some predictable elements, I liked the story and the detail.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Guylou 12-04-14
    Guylou 12-04-14

    “Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.” ― Dr. Seuss

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    "A beautiful story of love and courage"
    What made the experience of listening to While We’re Far Apart the most enjoyable?

    Suzanne Toren was very good at changing her voice and tone to differentiate between characters.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of While We’re Far Apart?

    When Penny finally realised who is her true love.


    Which character – as performed by Suzanne Toren – was your favorite?

    Penny


    If you could rename While We’re Far Apart, what would you call it?

    No suggestion


    Any additional comments?

    This book is surprisingly good! It follows the recipe of a well written book. It has great characters, countless contrasts and abundant conflicts. I had some doubts before starting to read it because it is categorized as a Christian book. In my past experience with Christian books, I noticed that the story is often lost among all the preaching. It is not the case with this book. As a matter of a fact, the book has great historical facts and beautiful moral values.

    The story is set during World War II. I can easily tell that the author researched the period well and stayed true to the events of the time. There are many characters in the story and they come in and out of each other lives. Nevertheless, the reader does not get lost as the book is well structured and each character has an important part to play in the revealing of the story. I really enjoyed it and recommend it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ritagrace 11-08-14
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    "Another excellent read by Lynn Austin"
    Would you consider the audio edition of While We’re Far Apart to be better than the print version?

    Yes the performance added to my enjoyment.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character was my favorite, however all of the characters were complex and interesting.


    What about Suzanne Toren’s performance did you like?

    Reading style with different voices


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was caught up in the book from beginning to end!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carla 07-30-14
    Carla 07-30-14
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    "Thoroughly Enjoyable!!!"

    Great story, great narrator. This was different than what I expected based on the description. I knew it would be wonderful because it's a Lynn Austin but the story line was surprising even better than expected.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "enjoyable"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a little predictable at times but interesting and moving none the less.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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