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While We're Far Apart by [Austin, Lynn]
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In an unassuming apartment building in Brooklyn, New York, three lives intersect as the reality of war invades each aspect of their lives. Young Esther is heartbroken when her father decides to enlist in the army shortly after the death of her mother. Penny Goodrich has been in love with Eddie Shaffer for as long as she can remember; now that Eddie's wife is dead, Penny feels she has been given a second chance and offers to care for his children in the hope that he will finally notice her and marry her after the war. And elderly Mr. Mendel, the landlord, waits for the war to end to hear what has happened to his son trapped in war-torn Hungary.

But during the long, endless wait for victory overseas, life on the home front will go from bad to worse. Yet these characters will find themselves growing and changing in ways they never expected--and ultimately discovering truths about God's love...even when He is silent.

About the Author

Lynn Austin, a former teacher who now writes and speaks full time, has won five Christy Awards for her historical fiction. One of those novels, Hidden Places, has also been made into a Hallmark Channel movie. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and make their home near Chicago, Illinois.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1452 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; 1 edition (Oct. 1 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004A90610
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #62,749 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a very enjoyable read about a very hard, terrifying subject. It is so hard to believe that this happened in the first place & even harder to believe that Donald Trump could cause it to happen again! There are so many similarities between his style of what he calls leadership & Hitlers!
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I absolutely loved this book from start to finish. I didn't know what to expect having never read this author before. I found the book beautifully written; with a touching heart-felt story line for all the characters that I, for one, can relate to even never having been in the particular situation(s) myself. I was captivated from the first page. The dialogue felt completely natural. I felt an affinity to both Penny and Esther and even Mr. Mendel. I very much enjoyed the history aspect, the love story, the family dynamics and felt all details were covered and explained effectively without fan-fare. Brooklyn 1943 - 1947 was captured like in a photograph. Only towards the end did I realize the underlying theme of this book are the age old questions that I am sure every single person has struggled with at some point, Christian or not, I know I have, and that is: `why does God let bad things happen?' and `does God hear my prayers?' The way these questions appeared and were dealt with were subtle and not at all `in your face'. While there are no definitive answers to such questions the story was told in such a quiet unassuming way that it gave me a sense of comfort and hope. At no point did I feel I was reading a religious book and I certainly did not feel I was being preached at. I was surprised to learn after some research that Lynn Austin is considered to be the writer of predominately `Christian' novels, this being one of them. Had I known this before I probably would not have bought the book. I am so glad I did because the book is 408 pages and I would have been happy if it had been 600 pages.
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By Louise Jolly TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 23 2010
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The novel opens in Brooklyn, New York in the fall of 1943 during WWII. Eddie Schaffer age 33 and his two children, 12-year-old Esther and 9-year-old Peter live in a small apartment upstairs from their landlord, Jacob Mendel. A year prior, Eddie's wife Rachel was killed together with his landlord's wife, Miriam. Eddie is having difficulty coping with Rachel's death and decides to enlist in the army throwing the entire family for a loop. The children had already lost their mother and feared losing their father in battle.

Eddie's mother, Grandma Shaffer, lives next door to the Goodrich family who has a daughter Penny, aged 24. Penny's parents are older, quite strict and have sheltered Penny her entire life, always telling her she had no more sense than a green bean. As a result poor Penny suffers from terrible fear of being on her own and afraid of the world at large, although she holds a job as a ticket agent at the local bus station. Unbeknownst to Eddie, Penny has had a crush on him for years and years and always wished Eddie had married her instead of Rachel. She cried her eyes out when she learned Eddie was getting married.

Now enlisted in the Army and ready to head off for basic training, Eddie needs someone to care for young Esther and Peter. His own mother, Grandma Shaffer is adamant that there is no way possible she can look after two young children and is completely dead set against Eddie enlisting but Eddie had already enlisted sending Grandma into quite a dramatic tizzy. Penny steps forward and offers to care for the children herself with her underlying motive being that Eddie will fall in love with her and marry HER this time.
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Lynn Austin has done an amazing job with this book. While We're Far Apart is filled with drama, mystery, secrets, and budding romance that will keep you turning the pages. I couldn't put the book down! I love the style and tone of this book. The characters are well constructed and the plot believable. I held my breath through parts, and I worried about the characters and what would become of them.

While We're Far Apart takes place on the home front during World War II. One of the things I really like about this book is the cast of characters. The three main characters are all unique and come from completely different places in life. I enjoyed reading each of their thoughts and walking with them as they go through their personal struggles. Most of all, I liked how Austin wove in the spiritual lesson that God works even when it seems He is silent.

I highly recommend this book for lovers of historical fiction and fans of Lynn Austin.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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Lynn Austin writes with wonderful characters, that pull you into her story. I also like the fact thtat I learn about people and history, with her books. I enjoyed hearing this story from the viewpoint of a Jewish man in New York, as the atrocities of Hitler unfold. As with other Austin books, my favorite part of the plots, is the value we see in people helping people in need. The joy and benefits go both ways. When life is hard, we shown again that we hang on to God and to other quality people, and we get through. I found that the last few chapters wrapped everything up too smoothly - like she ran out of time.
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