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Lynn AustinTyndale House / 2022 / ePubOur Price$9.995 out of 5 stars for Long Way Home - eBook. View reviews of this product. 40 Reviews
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FayeAge: 25-34Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Faith Through the Hard TimesSeptember 18, 2022FayeAge: 25-34Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Compelling journey of friendship, and faith.
Peggy Serrano is on a quest to help her best friend, Jimmy, by finding out what happened to him during the war in hopes of unlocking a start to healing.
A compelling story of family and friendship, that explores the questions of faith, pain and suffering. Peggy is a hardworking young woman, I loved the friendship between her and the Barnett family throughout the story, as well as her determination to help Jimmy and Joe. This book does a great job of not only showing the horrors of the war, but also the aftermath and its toll. I loved how the author brought Jimmy to life through the eyes of those who loved him best, showing the man he was before and throughout the war.
Overall, a beautifully written book that explores hard question of hurting and why God allows suffering. I admired Gisela for her strength throughout her ordeal. Lynn Austin doesn't disappoint in this latest WW2 novel filled with faith, hope and love.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Incredible ReadSeptember 8, 2022KavRCanadaGender: femaleIt's the night before this review is due to go up and I finished this book over a week ago but I'm struggling to find words to express the emotional impact it's made on me -- the sheer brilliance of the storytelling -- and the cunning twists and turns that made it such an absorbing read.
So, we kinda have two timelines...but not really. :-) Peggy's point of view from the 'present' (post war) and Giselle's point of view from the 'past' following her desperate escape from Nazi persecution which starts at the beginning of the war, late 1930s. So really, our time jump is only the span of a decade. Does that count as dual timeline? Whatever 'Long Way Home' is classified as, it's an incredible read.
And, oh, but it delves into some tough issues! Like:
The barbaric way returning soldiers were treated for PTSD. Honestly, what they did to Jimmy in the hospital was horrific and his doctor thought he was some superior know-it-all bent on inflicting torture on his patients. Gah! I'd have like to jump into the pages of the book and give that uppity doctor a taste of his own medicine. Literally!
That wretched time in history when countries, including the US and Canada, refused to allow Jewish refugees entry into their countries, knowing full well that they were likely sentencing these people to death since the ships had to turn around and take them back to Europe. And we're on one of those ships with Gisella and it's heartbreaking.
Then there's Peggy, 'safe' back home in small town USA only her childhood has been anything but ideal, neglected by her father after the death of her mother and ridiculed and taunted by her peers because of her circumstances. Yet Peggy found solace with Jimmy and his family and she isn't about to give up on her best friend when he needs her the most.
It's Peggy's optimism and endearing naivety paired with a streak of tenacious determination to make a difference that propels this story forward. With all these heavy topics you'd think this would be a tough slog of a read, but it's not. It's uplifting and hopeful and infused with faith. And the way the author weaves all the story threads together is truly glorious.
If you're looking for a book club read with lots of depth and plenty of talking points, look nor further. 'Long Way Home' provides that and so much more.
MemaShari5 Stars Out Of 5Long Way HomeAugust 26, 2022MemaShariQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Excellent book. I read at night before bed and could hardly make myself stop reading so I could get enough sleep. Made me more aware of what the people of the Jewish faith had to suffer as prisoners and refugees Even though it is a novel, there is historical facts throughout.
Tiene5 Stars Out Of 5A powerful story of hopeAugust 16, 2022TieneQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is another book by Lynn Austin that I could hardly put down. The story line captivated me. It was a wonderful story of hope and not giving up, therefore being a book of encouragement. I would highly recommend this book. It was wonderful from beginning to end and provided many hours of enjoyment for me.
AmandaUSAge: 35-44Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5Interesting World War II Novel!July 18, 2022AmandaUSAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I've come to appreciate well-written novels that can transport me back in time in order to gain a new viewpoint of a different time period. Lynn Austin's novels always accomplish this for me. She has an amazing way of telling a story that will have you seeing history from a new perspective. In this novel, Lynn takes the reader down the path of two women's stories, one from America and another from Germany. Each has her own hardship that must be overcome to survive. Although compared with each other, the life of the one in America certainly doesn't compare to the life of the other in Germany. The two stories are interesting as they encounter the horrors of war and the lack of understanding of mental health. I appreciated this book and how it helped me empathize with the Jewish people and the veterans of WWII. It can be challenging for us as American citizens to understand all the veterans and Jews experienced since we are so far removed from such atrocities.
If you're looking for a good story that will widen your understanding of WWII, pick up Lynn's new book and experience a greater appreciation for all that our veterans have done for our country.
***I received this complimentary book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.
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