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Mrs. Tuesday's Departure: A Heart-Wrenching Historical Family Saga of World War Two [Kindle Edition]

Suzanne Elizabeth Anderson
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Book Description

A heart-wrenching historical novel spanning seventy years, two continents, and a an imagined story that holds the power to create a safe future for a young girl. This page-turning family saga soars to a breathtaking ending that redefines the meaning of love.

When Natalie and Anna, sisters and life-long rivals, hide an abandoned child from the Nazis, their struggle re-opens a star-crossed love triangle, threatening their safety and testing the bonds of their loyalty.

Hungary's fragile alliance with Germany insured that Natalie, a best selling children’s book author, and her family would be safe as World War Two raged through Europe. The Holocaust that has only been whispered about until now becomes a terrible reality for every Jewish family or those who hide Jews.

Beautiful but troubled Anna, a poet and university professor is losing her tenuous hold on reality, re-igniting a dangerous sibling rivalry that began in childhood.

The streets of Budapest echo with the pounding boots of Nazi soldiers. Danger creeps to the doorstep where the sisters’ disintegrating relationship threatens to expose the child they are trying to protect. In one night, Anna’s rash behavior destroys their carefully made plans of escape, and Natalie is presented with a desperate choice.

Interwoven with Natalie and Anna’s story, is Mila’s. The abandoned child whose future Natalie lovingly imagines in a story about an old woman named Mrs. Tuesday.

Mrs. Tuesday’s Departure is an inspirational historical novel spanning two generations and exploring the un-breakable bonds of sisters.

Editorial Reviews


  • "A study in character developement, Mrs. Tuesday's Departure is a mezmerizing historical fiction for WWII readers. Highly recommended!" ~ The Kindle Book Review
  • An excellent intricate tale that is impossible to put down. Every character comes to life chapter by a chapter. Recommend it highly ~digtheisland
  • Five stars - recommend for book group - Susan
  • As a WWii nut, I knew I would be hypercritical. There was no need for that! The book flows and makes sense at a time that was senseless. I had no problem following the characters as they were all vibrant and very lifelike. - Cheryl

From the Author

What you read today is Mrs. Tuesday's Departure in its original form. Not the third-person POV that I first published on
The important changes that you will find in this new (original) version are:
It's written in the First Person Point of View, which gives it a more intimate feel, which as it turns out, is the right POV for a story about a family experiencing the most terrifying moments of war.
Second, it's actually set in Budapest, Hungary during World War Two, not in the fictional other-world described in the first edition.
And finally, it has a spiritual element that explores a particular element of religious faith that has always perplexed me....the challenge of believing in something we cannot see.
I resurrected the original manuscript and set to work dusting it off and making a few changes, hopefully clearing up things that in reviews of the first Mrs. Tuesday release had caused consternation for some readers. I believe that having returned the book to its original form it has improved the story's experience for you, the reader.
I always enjoy hearing from readers through the reviews here on Please leave a message and let me know your thoughts!

Product Details

  • File Size: 2239 KB
  • Print Length: 361 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1484870174
  • Publisher: Henry and George Press; 2 - Second Edition edition (December 14, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0045JLR5Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,168 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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114 of 125 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't finish it. February 29, 2012
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I'm sorry, but I just could not finish this story. That's very rare for me.

First, the book really, really needed a thorough copyedit. There are typos, grammatical errors, problems with sentence structure, and word choice issues throughout. The grammar and sentence structure problems in particular are so big that they affect a reader's understanding of the story.

The main "chapter" requirement seems to have been word count. The chapters are no more than two pages long each, and they seem to break for no apparent reason. Perhaps the author tried to pad the length by adding white space?

The story jumps around from one scene to the next with no continuity, fluidity, or connection. Characters come and go aimlessly, sometimes named and sometimes not. I think some pages may have been placed out of order--that's how bad the scene flow, or lack thereof, is.

It's clear as I read the other reviews that they are talking about a totally different book. It sounds like the first version was better than this revision. Unfortunately, I cannot recommend this book to anyone in its current form.
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76 of 85 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Simply could not read this April 9, 2012
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After reading all the great reviews of this book I was looking forward to reading it. Unfortunately I didn't make it past the first twenty pages or so. It is so poorly written and the editing so horrendous I found it unreadable. The story was intriguing but due to lack of (or sometimes excessive) punctuation I was reading sentences over and over trying to determine the context. In the end it just wasn't worth it.
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43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Genuine appeal December 12, 2010
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Mrs. Tuesday's departure is a good easy read on a drizzly Saturday afternoon. The writing style is easy to follow and simply written, making for a quick read. I was disappointed that the story was so short, as I would've liked to have delved a little deeper into some of the issues that I feel were at the heart of this story. I like the notion of "the wanted" as it brings reminiscence of the Nazi war which this seems to echo in many ways, and that was one of the strengths of the story: that it has a deeper resonance then the seeming everyday characters pervading the story would initially show. It's not, however, a story of Nazis. It is a character driven story. One that is appealing in its universality.

I do feel as though the characters at times -- especially at the beginning -- needed more flesh, as I had a hard time discerning between all of the female characters names at first. There wasn't enough physical description of the separate characters for me to see them as separate entities fully formed in my imagination. There were times when the spelling of names changed: Lily vs Lilly, and though it wasn't a big deal, it was disconcerting. Some grammar issues and POV shifts occurred every now and then, but this was for the most part, a clean novel with a good story.

I enjoyed the literary device of a story within a story, that left me thinking about this novel long after I read the last word. It is a good story that encompasses prejudice and marginalization and the fear that is unavoidable in the human condition when these terrible human concepts rear their ugly heads.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From Budapest, With Love November 13, 2010
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Suzanne Anderson's "Mrs. Tuesday's Departure" is a fast-paced, exciting story set in Budapest during the German occupation of Hungary late in WWII. Yet the characters often have English-language names ("Kate Blake" is the prime example); the city and country are never explicitly identified; the Germans are called "Black and Reds"; and their principal victims are called, simply, "The Wanted." These names and terms seem to represent the author's attempt to cut her book free from its specific, historical moorings, in order to concentrate on the characters' emotions; even so, the location is unmistakeably Hungarian, and would be even without Anderson's explanation to that effect in her promotional blurb.
The lead character, Kate, tries to protect her twelve-year old niece, Mila, and her (Kate's) twin sister, Lilly, from the "Black and Red" menace. Mila, it appears, is part Jewish on her father's side, if I have correctly understood the story line. Kate's efforts are complicated by a long history of family and romantic tensions, along with some other problems associated with the times. The psychological aspects of the story allow for more than one, indeed, for a multi-layered, interpretation, including what may be some almost supernatural elements: is the story's outcome "real," or does it exist only (or partially) in Kate's (or Mila's) mind?
At times, I was reminded of Christine Arnothy's half-century old, autobiographical classic, "I am Fifteen and I don't want to die," another story of a very young girl in wartime Budapest. But Anderson's novel is about a mature woman, Kate, more than it is about twelve-year old Mila; nor has street warfare come (yet) to Anderson's Budapest; again, unlike Arnothy's.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Poorly written April 30, 2012
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The story line of this book had so much potential. Unfortunately, this book was poorly written and the characters poorly fleshed out. There are characters in the book that I feel are not necessary to the plot ---it was as if the author made them up on the fly in order to tie up loose ends and create unecessary conflict. This book jumped around so much and from theme to theme and didn't really tie things together. Also, I noticed on some of the reviews that the main characters' names were Lilly and Kate. The version that I read had them as Natalie and Anna and I am wondering if I bought another version of this book. I read the entire book with the hopes that it would eventually get better. It didn't and my recommendation is to not waste your time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Suzanne's writing style really drew me in to the story ...
Suzanne's writing style really drew me in to the story and gave me a glimpse of how far reaching the tentacles of the Nazi terrorism were. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Carolyn McElroy
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
I was surprised that this book was as good as it was. I thought the speaker was one person and found out toward the end who she really was. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Barbara D. Leachman
3.0 out of 5 stars Held my interest. Did not expect the ending.
Held my interest. Did not expect the ending.
Published 21 days ago by Marie A. Roach
2.0 out of 5 stars Confusing
The story line was ok but the delivery was awful. You were never sure where you were at the beginning of a chapter. It was choppy and did not flow well.. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Gracie Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars Always enjoy WWII stories
Interesting way of incorporating the story into the story. I liked the characters.
Published 22 days ago by Kathi Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good story but I wish the ending was different, however, I guess it is true to life.
Published 23 days ago by Jean Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars A quick Read
I didn't think I was going to care for this but it did surprise me. Seems everything happened so fast.
Published 24 days ago by Maureen P. Parker
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyed this book!
Intriguing and mysterious in very trying times, yet able to maintain warmth and understanding. Sometimes too wordy is the only reason for 4 stars instead of 5.
Published 27 days ago by Linda
4.0 out of 5 stars Mrs Tuesday's Departure
Mrs Tuesday’s Departure is an intriguing book. It’s location of Hungary during World War II German occupation. I found it to be interesting how Natalie dealt with certain issues. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amy C
4.0 out of 5 stars History given life and experiences to explain how I related to the...
Having visited Budapest, Hungary and some of the places dedicated to keeping the memories alive of the atrocities of that war torn era and the Nazis, this was especially... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Beth
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Suzanne Elizabeth Anderson was born in Fort Lauderdale, attended the University of Michigan on an athletic scholarship for swimming, and then worked on Wall Street. She left the bright lights of the big city fifteen years ago and traveled the world. Suzanne now lives in the mountains of Colorado, with three very large Newfoundland dogs, and pursues her dream of writing books.

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