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While We're Far Apart by [Austin, Lynn]
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Austin loves to blend storytelling and interesting history, with her newest novel no exception. She sets her characters in one New York City apartment building during the difficult years of WWII. Esther Shaffer, 12, mourns her dead mother and now faces her father enlisting in the army; Penny Goodrich, long in love with Eddie Shaffer, volunteers to care for his children, hoping to marry Eddie when he returns; and Jacob Mendel, a Jewish widower, struggles to find Hashem (God) amid his loss. Their lives intersect as Jacob rediscovers his faith, Penny discovers her past and her future, and Esther begins to understand life and love. Add family drama, D-Day, the Holocaust, arson, and young love, and you'll see why Austin is so popular. While her story is entertaining, it lacks the narrative flow of some of her other work; her characters grow and change, but the story reads more like a history lesson than a novel. Still, readers will find much to enjoy.
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In an unassuming apartment building in Brooklyn, New York, the lives of three people intersect as the reality of war invades every aspect of their world. 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, desperately waits for the war to end so he can learn what has become of his son who is trapped in war-torn Hungary.

During the long, endless wait for victory overseas, life on the home front becomes very difficult, and in these unlikely circumstances, Esther, Penny and Mr. Mendel will grow and change in ways they never expected.


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  • File Size: 1509 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0764204971
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; 1 edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004A90610
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,753 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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