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    Lynn Austin
    Tyndale House / 2022 / ePub
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  1. BetsyD
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Another great read
    June 20, 2022
    BetsyD
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Long Way Home.
    Lynn Austin fans will not be disappointed and I predict new fans will soon be added once they read this captivating book. It is not your "usual" WWII story. Yes, there is suspense, danger, grief over the unimaginable cruelty, romance, mystery, etc, but there is so much more to this book. Its strength is how Austin manages to intertwine a number of various story lines, characters, perspectives, settings in such a masterful way. The story centers both on an American young woman struggling to help her hometown friend who has returned from the war as a broken soldier, as well as a young Jewish woman who must find the courage and strength to face all that is thrown her way. The characters must all come to terms with the lessons before them. I especially love that Austin deals with the issue of trauma that US veterans faced at this time. The book switches between the war plot line and the "home" front and eventually brings the two together in a way that is not overly manufactured or unbelievable. While the ending was not my favorite and could have been concluded a bit differently, nonetheless it was a powerful story with timeless lessons for us all. Grateful for another wonderful read by a favorite author. *Thank you to Tyndale Publishers for the copy of the book I received in exchange for my honest review.

  2. Polly
    missouri
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    WWII stories
    June 19, 2022
    Polly
    missouri
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Long Way Home.
    Overwhelming story but not without hope.

    *Death never has the last word- life would always triumph.*

    I am so glad Ms. Austin wrote this heart wrenching story. She wanted to honor the soldiers who fought for our freedom and the many victims who suffered under Hitler during WWII. She did a superb job of portraying the struggles of Jimmy, who came home with severe battle fatigue. His journey back to health was long and was told through the actions of his childhood friend, Peggy. As a neighbor, Jimmy encouraged her and showed Gods love and she returned the favor when he came back home by enlisting his friends to visit him and write letters.

    Entwined in the story is the plight of a Jewish refugee, Gisela, and her family. Helping her find her relatives after the liberation of Europe is what gave Jimmy purpose after witnessing many horrors. *Compassion speaks all languages.*

    This is not an easy book to read but it is an important one. We must never forget and not take our freedom for granted. It was painful to watch the characters go through their trials, but it was wonderful to see them come out better in the end.

    *The only light we will ever have in this dark world comes from God. If we turn away from Him, we are left with darkness and despair.*

    I was overwhelmed, for in the last few pages were my favorite verses in Romans 8: *Nothing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.*

    * I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale on behalf of the author. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
  3. Fhlady
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Fantastic Split Time World War II Novel
    June 19, 2022
    Fhlady
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Long Way Home.
    I have been a long time lover of Lynn Austin's wonderful writing, and this book has gone to the top of my favorites list of hers. If I could possibly give this more than a 5, I would. This is a split time novel following the World War II story of Jimmy Barnett, a sweet, faith filled, young man, who is an Army medic, and his best friend Peggy Ann Serrano The second time period follow the story of Gisela, a young Jewish nurse, and her family as they lived through the German pogrom to extinguish the Jews.

    The emphasis is on Jimmy's return home where he is placed in a VA hospital due to what today is called PTSD, and Gisela's attempt when the war is over to reconnect all of her family and find her fiancee Sam.

    Austin's plot and character development was absolutely amazing. Her historical research of the treatment of the Jews before, during, and after was war was extremely eye-opening. There were so many wonderful interconnections in both split times: Jim, his war buddies, and Peggy; Jim and Gisela during the war, and Joe and Peggy. The way they all intertwined and helped one another definitely brought the two threads together. Of course, Buster, the three legged dog, played a starring role as well.

    But the best part of this book was the wonderful faith gems that Austin superbly wove through the split times to show that even when evil happens that we don't understand, we must know that God is in control and has a purpose. Here are just a couple of examples:

    "The only light we'll have in this this dark world comes from God. If we turn away from Him, we're left with darkness and despair."

    "Satan's ploy is to spread evil throughout the world and let it drive a wedge between us and God."

    If this was to be the only book you read this year, you would definitely be blessed at a better understanding of World War II and the aftereffects on both the military personnel and the Jewish population.

    **I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

  4. Truthtreasurer
    Tallahassee, FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Treasure Alert!
    June 18, 2022
    Truthtreasurer
    Tallahassee, FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Long Way Home.
    At first I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book. Chapters flip back and forth between two characters on two different sides of the ocean eight years apart and it seemed a bit predictable but as the story continued I was totally drawn in. Such a gem of a book! One I am thankful I read. My heart grew through reading this story and I learned more history along the way that is relevant to today. The book is set during WW2 and after the war, converging beautifully at the end. A delightful, soul nourishing book that also touches on hard topics of prejudice, both active and passive, and PTSD. Highly recommend!
  5. Karen R
    WA
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A compelling, inspirational story
    June 17, 2022
    Karen R
    WA
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Long Way Home.
    A compelling, thought provoking read set around WW2. The author expertly brings together both the beginning and aftermath of the war, piecing together the experiences of veterans and Holocaust survivors.

    I loved the hopeful, hardworking, and patient character of Peggy, who refuses to give up on her friend, Jimmy. Her loyal friendship was inspiring, despite her own difficult situation. The focus on PTSD and lack of knowledge in how to treat it at the time is heartbreaking. The spiritual discussions were deep and relevant, tackling big questions, like why does God allow evil and suffering. It made me think long after finishing the book.

    "The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it."

    Highly recommend to readers who enjoy Christian historical fiction with a little bit of clean romance. 5 stars!

    (An ebook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are my own.)
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