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LucyWVAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Standing Ovation for Hope in the DarknessJune 15, 2022LucyWVAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Wow! May I give this more stars as it shines brightly especially on shining the light on mental health issues. This is difficult to read in places as it deals with Jimmys PTSD after WWII and the way treatment was done. My grandfather suffered through treatments like these and I wonder lots of times what he endured. I also felt it dealt with Peggys mental health over losing her mom so young and how she was treated. I admired her strength in her faith that Jimmy shared and how she then returned helping him. I especially loved the split story of Gisela and her familys quest to escape the horrors of Hitler and how it was woven together until you found out how it connected with Jimmy. The two stories weave together like a beautiful tapestry that is perfect on one side but you see the knots and blemishes on the other side that created it. We see the ugliness of war and its after effects but we also see the beauty for ashes that God gives in its place if we have hope and faith in Him. I shed many tears but was completely swept away into the lives of these characters. I devoured this novel and was sad when it ended. It is one of those stories that sticks with you and you are still thinking about it days later. I found it was gutsy of the author to tackle such difficult subject matter but as always she does it with style and grace. I like that she ties her stories up in the end but not in a perfect package but realistically. I highly recommend making this a must read. It just took first place in my top ten books this year.
I received a complimentary copy from the author/publisher. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
An Old Fashioned GirlMinnesotaAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Two stories of faith and searching for homeJune 7, 2022An Old Fashioned GirlMinnesotaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4This book has two excellent stories in it. I especially enjoyed Peggy's story as she's trying to reconstruct what happened to Jim in the war and bringing Jim's veteran friends to come help him, all the while--without realizing it--she's helping each one of them, too. She's sweet and relatable. Gisela's story tells a bit of history I had never heard before--about a luxury liner full of Jews that legally left Germany for Cuba, only to be turned away at Havana, rejected by America and Canada, and sent back to Europe, where the Jews were largely spread back across countries that Germany would soon conquer. Gisela is a strong heroine, whose friends and family and comforts keep being whittled away.
I love how the title fits both storylines: Gisela and her people, after being chased from Germany, are just looking for a home, be it in Cuba, Ecuador, Belgium, the US, or--ultimately--Palestine. And it's a long time coming. In Peggy's storyline, the GI's have returned home physically, but so many of them lost their faith and hope overseas. With PTSD, it's a long, long road home for many of them.
The one thing that bothered me (and this is a common complaint of dual timeline books) is that it could have been published as two separate books--one about Gisela, one about Peggy--and you could read one without reading the other and still have a complete story without losing much impact. They intersect, of course, near the end, but Gisela's story didn't really have an impact on Peggy's, and vice versa. Only because they both know Jimmy do the heroines ever cross paths. I prefer a dual timeline where the two stories are so intertwined that to separate one ruins the other, and that definitely wasn't the case with this book.
Thank you Tyndale House and NetGalley for the complimentary e-book. I was not required to write a positive review, and all opinions are my own.
Terri Gillespie5 Stars Out Of 5Bravo, Lynn Austin!June 3, 2022Terri GillespieQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As someone who has lived and worked within the Jewish community for over 25 years, and know people who carried the tattoos, I'm always a bit hesitant with Christian fiction's depiction of certain events during WWII. Lynn Austin's compassionate and sensitive latest release, Long Way Home was so well done--and powerful. Not only was it beautifully written with characters I'm still thinking about days later, but she gave readers "real" people to depict a little known part of our history. One that was a shocking act of mistreatment and apathy--the true story of the ship the St. Louis.
I had know about this tragedy, but Austin gave me a more vivid understanding of how we as a nation and as people of faith failed profoundly.
That said, this is not a "preachy" story, just a story that holds up a mirror to readers through a compelling story.
Written as dual timelines with two protagonists--young Peggy fighting for the survival of her friend upon his return from the war, and Gisela fighting for her life as the Nazis seek the Jewish people's annihilation--Austin gave us a unique perspective of post- and wartime. The timelines merge organically and in a creatively bittersweet way.
Austin tells the stories of the true heroes of war--soldiers, victims, and those who love them. Brutally realistic at times, but still written with restraint.
The faith thread was so well done. How does one believe in a loving God, when such atrocities were committed against men, women, and children? Austin takes the reader on a believable journey without platitudes, but instead explores truth.
With as much emphasis on post-war as wartime arcs, I learned so much from this book.
Highly recommend for historical, WWII, and romance fans.
I was given an eBook ARC from Tyndale via #NetGalley for my honest review.
MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Going HomeMay 27, 2022MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Lynn Austin has gifted us with another wonderful read. This is a WWII novel and we follow a Jewish girl Gisela Wolff, we meet as a teen, but follow to adulthood, amid the madness and evil that took hold in Germany and spread its tentacles. The Holocaust, which we must never forget, the hate for a group of people, that soon included more and more groups of people, and the atrocities that were committed.
I loved how the title resonates all the way through this read, and it becomes more and more poigent all the way to the end.
We also walk in Peggy Serano's shoes, and young woman who wears her heart on her sleeve, and will go to any length to help those she loves. What do these two women have in common, besides residing in a world full of hate, well, a young man named Jimmy Barnett, and we live his time in this madness through the eyes of these women.
With tough subjects and horrible decisions, condemning some to death, and then the aftermath as most of the atrocities come to light and how to deal with them. Not a lighthearted story, but one we should never forget!
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Tyndale, and was not required to give a positive review.
Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Bringing light to the darknessMay 6, 2022Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"Long Way Home" is a split story following Peggy in 1946 in New York City and Gisela in 1938 to 1946 in Europe and elsewhere. The whole story was well-written, so the characters seemed like real people, I cared about them, and the historical details immersed me in the story. But it's a heavy read. Gisela's family is Jewish, and they manage to escape Germany only for their ship to be denied refuge in Cuba, America, Canada. They ended up in a country that was soon invaded by Germany. Her story was full of sadness and tragedy, and she was rather helpless as her choices were mainly decided by others (parents, Germans, etc.).
Peggy's story was also filled with sadness. At least she kept trying to make things better even when the critical choices had to be made by others (Jimmy's parents, his friends, etc.). Through her efforts, not only did Jimmy slowly find healing but so did several of his war buddies. She also found people that appreciated her talents and caring personality when her own family didn't.
Those involved in the war struggled with how a loving, good, all-powerful God would allow such horrible things to happen. Throughout the story, different people commented on how they dealt with this. Peggy even used the words that Jimmy once spoke to her to help him to better understand God's character. She helped him see the light in the world brought by God's people. There was no sex or bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this book but understand that parts are very sad.
I received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.
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