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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"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)
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.
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.
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.
West Sunbury, Pa.
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.
How a woman who was barely known to two adolescents tried to care for them and make their lives as normal as possible.
I liked the way the story told stories of several people and how the war effected their lives.
She did an excellent job of bringing the story to life.
It's almost impossible to listen to this story in one sitting, but it was tempting.
“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.” ― Dr. Seuss
Suzanne Toren was very good at changing her voice and tone to differentiate between characters.
When Penny finally realised who is her true love.
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!
Yes. I wouldn't introduce a friend to her work with this book, but it's a good book that I would recommend.
Jacob Mendel. Toren's accent is perfect in this role!
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.
Actually, it is Jennifer, not Michael. I enjoy a variety of books but am drawn to romantic historical fiction with a Christian message.
All of Lynn Austin's books are amazing and she still remains my all time favorite author, however, this was not my favorite book that she has written. This story is about a man who tragically loses his young wife in an accident and after a year of mourning decides to enlist in the Army and fight in WWII. He has two young children that he leaves behind. He arranges for them to be cared for by his young neighbor who is looking for an excuse to leave the strict confines of her parents house. She also has a crush on the father. It is an eye-opening account of the many sacrifices made during that time in history.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a little predictable at times but interesting and moving none the less.
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