Monday, October 18, 2010

While We're Far Apart by Lynn Austin

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.

My Review:
If you like a plot-driven novel, this is for you. I did not want to put it down, and I continued to turn page after page. The pacing is just right.

On the other hand, if you prefer characters who are flawed, rounded, this is your book. I feel as if I know most of the folks who I met within the covers. They're REAL people.

Perhaps you want to learn while you read; this story teaches. In other words, here's a terrific read! I loved it.

Thank you to Bonnie at Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and Bethany House for my copy.

If you would like to read the first chapter, click here.

If you would like to buy a copy, click here.

1 comment:

bermudaonion said...

I do like characters who are flawed, because they're realistic. This sounds like a good book.