Wednesday, May 7, 2014

For Such a Time - A Book Review

For Such a Time by Kate Breslin is a beautifully written novel.  I love reading stories both real and fiction about World War II and the Holocaust.   The book of Esther from the Bible is one of my favorite stories so I knew that I would love For Such a Time since it combines both into one.  I did have a little bit of trouble in the beginning since the characters had the same biblical names from the story of Esther and I found it distracting and hard to get used to at first.  I soon adjusted though and I was truly captivated and found myself thinking about the book even when I was not reading it.  I couldn't wait to get everything done so I could get back to reading.  It did not bother me that it was not historically correct and I enjoyed the section in the back of the book that the author included about what was fact and what was fiction.  I always appreciate when an author goes the extra mile to include important information.

The story paints such a beautiful picture of God's love for his people.  I am always encouraged when I read a christian fiction novel that is rich in faith and leaves me feeling uplifted in my spirit.  I'm confident that this book will pull at your heartstrings and you will enjoy it from beginning to end as did I!


In 1944, blond and blue-eyed Jewess Hadassah Benjamin feels abandoned by God when she is saved from a firing squad only to be handed over to a new enemy. Pressed into service by SS-Kommandant Colonel Aric von Schmidt at the transit camp of Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia, she is able to hide behind the false identity of Stella Muller. However, in order to survive and maintain her cover as Aric's secretary, she is forced to stand by as her own people are sent to Auschwitz. 

Suspecting her employer is a man of hidden depths and sympathies, Stella cautiously appeals to him on behalf of those in the camp. Aric's compassion gives her hope, and she finds herself battling a growing attraction for this man she knows she should despise as an enemy. 

Stella pours herself into her efforts to keep even some of the camp's prisoners safe, but she risks the revelation of her true identity with every attempt. When her bravery brings her to the point of the ultimate sacrifice, she has only her faith to lean upon. Perhaps God has placed her there for such a time as this, but how can she save her people when she is unable to save herself? 

***This book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for my review.

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