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Lena de Vries lives on her Dutch farm with her husband, Pieter, and their children. Her eldest,
Ans, longs for something more and gets a job in Leiden, where she meets Miriam Jacobs, who
relocated there from Westerbork, a Jewish refugee camp. Ans is not worried about the threat of
Hitler because the Netherlands are neutral, until 1939, when the Nazis invade and throw the
three women's lives into dangerous turmoil. Ans starts working for the Resistance, though she
must keep it from her boyfriend, a cop who wants to lay low until the war is over. Soon Lena is
driven by her Christian faith to hide Jews and deserters on the farm, while Ans ferries
information, avoiding Nazi patrols. Miriam must hide separately from her husband and infant in
order to survive. Their stories intertwine throughout the war, revealing a less-told history of WWII
to historical fiction readers. Austin (Waves of Mercy, 2016) has written a powerful tale of
domestic heroism and faith, with all three women questioning and then turning to God for
|Title: Chasing Shadows|
By: Lynn Austin
Number of Pages: 432
Vendor: Tyndale House
|Publication Date: 2021|
Weight: 12 ounces
Stock No: WW43735X
Lena is a wife and mother who farms alongside her husband in the tranquil countryside. Her faith has always been her compass, but can she remain steadfast when the questions grow increasingly complex and the answers could mean the difference between life and death?
Lenas daughter Ans has recently moved to the bustling city of Leiden, filled with romantic notions of a new job and a young Dutch police officer. But when she is drawn into Resistance work, her idealism collides with the dangerous reality that comes with fighting the enemy.
Miriam is a young Jewish violinist who immigrated for the safety she thought Holland would offer. She finds love in her new country, but as her family settles in Leiden, the events that follow will test them in ways she could never have imagined.
The Nazi invasion propels these women onto paths that cross in unexpected, sometimes-heartbreaking ways. Yet the story that unfolds illuminates the surprising endurance of the human spirit and the power of faith and love to carry us through.
PW starred review! Christy Award winner Austin (If I Were You) shines in this excellent tale of three women who struggle to survive WWII in the Netherlands. Lena de Vries and her two young daughters are keeping the family farm going while her husband and son are away at war. In addition to protecting her family, she also cares for the refugees she's hiding from the Nazis. Lena's oldest daughter, Ans, moved to Leiden shortly before the war, eager to leave behind her rural life and her faith. After the fighting begins, she joins the Resistance, putting her on the opposing side of her boyfriend, Erika Dutch police officer now working for the Nazisand leading her to discover she needs her faith more than ever. Miriam Jacobs is a Jewish woman on the run from the Nazis. As a young wife and mother, she leaves everyone she knows behind in hopes of keeping her baby alive. As the three women work to evade and break the Nazi grip on the Netherlands, Austin skillfully portrays the dangers they face as they struggle to survive. This is a must-read for fans of WWII inspirationals.
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