Saturday, July 19, 2014
For Such A Time - A Review
Title - For Such a Time
Author - Kate Breslin
Format - ebook, paper
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Hadassah Benjamin has Aryan looks that could protect her from Nazi Germany. She's even got a new identity - Stella Mueller. When she is rescued from Dachau by SS Commandant Aric von Schmidt and pressed into service as his secretary at the transient camp of Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia. There she sees her people living in squalor and she does what she can to ease their situation. As she works closely with Aric, she sees and senses he's different than the other Nazi's. Yet these are dangerous times. When her secret comes out, will she risk everything for her people?
This is Kate Breslin's debut novel. But reading it, you wouldn't know that! It's been on reading list for ages and while I missed it when it came up to review, I was able to request it from the library.
I've read a lot of WWII books in the past and this one is so different. First, it's a retelling of the book of Esther. I loved Hadassah's struggle. And I loved Aric. I loved how he struggled with what he knew to be right and true versus the teachings of the Nazi Party.
I can see myself rereading this one, once I obtain a copy for myself that is. Rich in details and full of deep characters, I cannot wait to read what else this author has to come.
I rented this book from the library and read it for pure pleasure. My thoughts and opinions are my own.
Recommended to fans of WWII, Brock & Bodie Thoene, Jody Hedlund, Katie Ganshert
Rating - 5 stars