I don't believe I could love this story more if I tried. It was achingly sweet; so beautiful yet so hard to read what those people had to go through. I am amazed at how the story fit together and how the author can make you fall in love with an SS officer in a Nazi concentration camp. Never in a million years would I thought I could do such a thing but God's grace shines through and His love of humanity slowly melts your heart. Great job Mrs. Breslin, I cannot wait to see where God takes your stories next!
I usually do not like movies or books about slavery or Nazism because it angers and saddens me. But I was curious how the author would weave the story of Esther with the back drop of World War II and concentration camps. I thought it was done well. I am passing this book along to a friend.
If you like historical fiction with a little romance thrown in, then you HAVE to read this book. I missed a lot of sleep because I had to keep reading to see what would happen next. You will be surprised at the turn of every page.
Like any stories set during WWII in the Nazi arena, this is a tension-filled, scary, conflictive tale of the Jewish people suffering at the hands of their German tormentors.
Aric von Schmidt is the SS Kommandant Colonel in charge of a detention center for Jews: Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia. He is a formidable officer with much experience and many bravery awards for his service. On a visit to another camp, Dachau, he comes face-to-face with a young woman, Stella Muller, who is about to be shot to death, but he is so impressed with her determined and defiant look as she stares at her would-be killers, that he stops the shooting and instead, secrets her out of that camp and takes her to his own home, just outside of Theresienstadt.
Aric lives in a world of cruelty and subterfuge and is at risk for making this beautiful young woman his own personal secretary. As she is required to do the unthinkable, such as typing up lists of people in the camp who are bound for Auschwich and the gas chambers there, she attempts to persuade Aric (who has fallen in love with her) into a softening attitude towards these people. It only creates a lot of trouble for her and much suspense in the story.
For Such A Time is somewhat parallel to the story of Esther in the Bible, and many verses from that story are used as many events in this story go forward. Stellas uncle, who raised her from the age of five, is also in the camp. When she discovers this, there is much more suspense. It is a very exciting wartime novel with many surprises, clear to the very end. Do not read at bedtime!