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Courage Times Three. A Novel by [Brenda Brown Elliott]
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COURAGE TIMES THREE. A NOVEL is a heartwarming while eye opening epic saga of life in Europe during the world wars.

WWII left millions more jobless, homeless and even worse, without families than WWI. Their biggest challenge was to remain alive and keep their sanity. Meet Lilly, Madeleine and Lorraine, three courageous women accomplishing unfathomable feats by merely staying alive. Every obstacle was eased by strong Christian convictions. Faith and hope traveled alongside them from tragedy to triumph, Europe to America.

A compelling family saga, their appreciation for life, with undeniable perseverance, gave way to rising above all losses.

Continued travels to fabulous vacation destinations provided these pillars of strength with endearing joy and peace, with continuous reminders that this is only a temporary stop in our spiritual lives, experienced within the human realm.

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About the Author

Widowed at age 25, I was left to raise two young daughters alone. Withstanding other major tragedies at a young age taught me much about life. Raised a small town girl in northern Minnesota I escaped to new and exciting destinations for several years throughout my lifetime. A first time author, I've lived with chronic illnesses for eight years which developed from carbon monoxide poisoning, preventing me from providing a living for myself. Much the same as Laura Hillenbrand, I spent a generous amount of time while bedridden, creating this story. As often the story goes, when we hit bottom we might then turn to God. I was already a born-again Christian. However, the depth of my Christian walk grew tremendously, teaching me how to appreciate all I had in life, even living on only $203 monthly for five years. Jesus performed miracles in my life and I received the peace and joy that can only truly come from our Heavenly Father. I met and married a wonderful Christian man last year from a dating website called “Christian Cafe.com”. We fill a void in each others lives which is centered entirely on the Lord. God continues to provide us with His gentle love.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EZY2ELA
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By BevW TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 20 2014
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I received a free e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. The book is described as a spiritual story of three courageous women surviving the brutality of the world wars in Europe throughout the first half of the 20th century. I was interested in reading the book because of the wartime connection. The book is also listed as a Christian book and that was fine with me too.

The time span of the book is quite immense covering from the Great War to 9/11 and beyond. The author has chosen to focus on the lives of 3 women – 2 related by blood and one by marriage. Each of these women has faced many challenges throughout her lifetime.

The book is written primarily with a narrative style with very little actual dialogue between the various characters. The first dialogue doesn’t even come until page 19. What dialogue there was did not flow smoothly for me and I really didn’t feel as if I was getting to know the characters well. At various points throughout the story, time would be skipped so it didn’t feel as if there was a logical sequence of events. Some information did not seem to be accurate for the time – for example a woman giving birth in the early ‘50’s described as spending only two days in hospital. A typical hospital stay at that time was 7-10 days.

I think the early part of the book which focused on an overview of the war would have been better as a prologue than as the beginning of the story. It could have set the scene which would then lead into the rest of the book which would focus on these 3 women.

The biggest weakness in the book is in things like sentence structure. I feel a good editor would be helpful in improving the flow and character development. At one point the author used LOL. It felt very out of place.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9be127d4) out of 5 stars 29 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bf9045c) out of 5 stars Wow, Wow, Wow Oct. 14 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This a a beautiful story about a few people who staied true to Gods in the good times and the bad times. I am a Christian Pastor, and I have been through some really tragic things in my life and this book actually captures the feelings of hopelessness, shame, hurt and pain but IT CLEARLY pours your sould with great emotions of joy, happiness, endurance and strength to get through the bad things in life. I could not put this book down and read it in one sitting because it captured the very essence of a persons sould in troubles, but then in blessing as well. Great Job Brenda!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bf8ac60) out of 5 stars Novel based around love, family and God. March 20 2014
By angela - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Courage Time Three. By Brenda Brown Elliott

This is a fiction novel based around love, family and God. This is a story about three women whom have been through some difficult life altering situations. The time line starts in the 1900's ending in the today's times, it is a lot of information to take it. I rather got bored in some parts of the book because it seemed to be a history lesson instead of being about the character itself. It does have some good points such as, the love and family bond that they all share. This book brought tears to my eyes when describing the life threatening situations each of the women went through along with their extended family. Through out all these women and their families give thanks to God for everything.

This novel begins with Madeline, whom was born to a very poor peasant family in Southwest Germany the 1900's. She lost her parents at the age of ten, she is severely malnourished and barely survives. She is thankful to God she is sent to her rich Aunt and Uncle in France, where she has the best that life can offer. She married and had a daughter, she knew she was blessed. Until the second world war started, it changed her life forever... would she ever find happiness again?

Lilly, Madeline's very much loved daughter, born into wealth in northern France in 1925. At 14 years old she was sent underground for avoid capture and possible death by the Nazis during WWII. Lilly spent three years near death in hiding, till she was provided a way out. Lilly remained underground two more years in another location. She found her true love Valentin and a job to keep her alive till the end of the war. They share the love of God and their future is full of surprises.

Lastly is Lorraine, Lilly s sister in law. Lorraine was born into a poor family in 1920. Her parents were killed by the German Gestapo in the 1939. She and her two younger sisters were place into life threatening situations. Lorraine whom is thirteen took on the role of the mother to an eight and nine year old. They were placed on a railroad train car heading to the Baltic Sea by a neighbor trying to save them from a likely death. The situations these girls were heartbreaking to say the least. Still they prayed for the day they would be safe. They were sent to a monastery, without any information about whom they were and their parents they were sent to an orphanage till they could leave. As adults they were separated again but will reunite.

favorite passages:

"Years of suffering, throughout the work would pass before final defeat."
"Regardless of how many times he questioned himself, the fact remained. He couldn't change the past. He absolutely must look head to the future."
"Regardless of their social status, they both been raised with much love. They understood the true meaning of family."
"As long as she had a breath in her body, she would do all she possibly could to remain alive."
"Should the day arrive when they would once again be fee, she would immediately seek them out. Tears were shed upon their separation."
"Never in her short life has a few simple words been more gripping."
"Humanitarian acts of selfless love, caring and sharing, shone through abundantly."
"He would protect her, provide her with a good living and a warm home. He would be an upstanding father to the children they would one day have, raising them in Gods word."
"We will not forget that liberty made her home. Nor shall her chosen alter be neglected."
"There she stood. The land of the free and home of the brave."
"Grandpa? Are those d*** (some might find the author's word choice offending.) birds at it again? Before Hal had a chance to think, he burst into laughter hearing the innocently spoken words roll so easily off the tongue of their precious little one."
"A twelve gun salute, each representing one of the twelve crew members, marked the end of the moving memorial."
"Together, they would become one of the closest knit families anyone could hope to be blessed with."
"Still they knew, with every sense in their being, her spirit was a mere breath away. Perhaps she had a hand on leading them to each other."
" I loved you so much then, I didn't think any man could love a woman than i loved you. And here we are, fifty-six years later, still in love. Only now, my love is tenfold."
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bf090cc) out of 5 stars A Promising Christian Fiction Author March 28 2014
By Silver Wolf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The historical tidbits and characters are the treasures hidden between the pages. Choosing three very different women to demonstrate how they made it through the trial of wartime living with only their faith in God and the love of a family provided a varied look on how the war affected everyone at that time. This is a Christian fiction novel. If you aren't a fan of Christian fiction do not expect to like it.

The actual construction of the novel tended to be a bit textbook-like with more telling than showing. This is a common problem for those who did so much research and believe it would be a shame to leave any out. All the same, Ms. Elliot shows signs of being a very promising writer. I look forward to her next book.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9bf8d624) out of 5 stars Courage Time Three review Oct. 1 2013
By HHengl - Published on Amazon.com
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This story is very interesting and well written. The three main characters are Lilly, Madeleine and Lorraine. The story details their spiritual lives that never waivered during the good times and the tragedies that were a great part of their lives during the time of World War I and the intervening period through World War II. Their survival no doubt resulted from their religious beliefs and activities while living in Europe and their eventual emigration to America. My feeling is that if young people read the book they could have a factual account of what probably occurred many times during the period involved.
HASH(0x9bf08e70) out of 5 stars A Heartfelt Story of War Tragedy, Transformation and the Courage to Embrace Opportunity Feb. 28 2014
By Cathy Wilson - Published on Amazon.com
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Courage Times Three. A Novel is a well written historical Christian based story involving 3 inspiring young women, their growth and challenges faced through dark times of war but also how this enables them to transform stronger.
The author has a smooth and calming writing style that enables you to actually "feel" her words. Powerful and inviting.
Faith connects these women, reminding the reader that turning to God in times good or bad manifests strength to help carry you through anything.
I do not hold Christian beliefs of a God. Even though I was raised United. However I do believe in the power of positive spiritual energy and I felt that in this book.
Touching, enlightening, loving, challenging, devastating, encouraging...are all thoughts that ran though my mind reading this tale full of inspiring life lessons.
Madeline, Lorraine and Lilly in particular, are developed such that an understanding emotional and likeable deep connection is established before you're consciously aware. The sign to me of a very talented writer that's passionate about her words.
Just really enjoyed the flow of this adventure beginning to end. The life lessons learned and subtle reminders throughout of just how thankful we should be.
My recommendation is to set some time aside to read this book. A book that will touch you in so many different ways.