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In This Hospitable Land [Kindle Edition]

Lynmar Brock Jr
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Award-Winning Finalist in the Fiction: Historical category of the 2012 International Book Awards

When the Germans invade Belgium in 1940, chemistry professor André Severin fears the worst. His colleagues believe their social and political positions will protect them during the occupation, but André knows better. He has watched Hitler’s rise to power and knows the Nazis will do anything to destroy their enemies. For the Severins are Jews, non-practicing, yes, but that won’t matter to the Germans—or to the Belgians desperate to protect themselves by informing on their neighbors. And so André and his brother Alin take their parents, wives, and children and flee south. But when France falls to the Nazis, the refugees are caught in a rural farming community where their only hope for survival is to blend in with the locals. Fortunately, the Severins have come to Huguenot country, settled by victims of religious persecution who risk their own lives to protect the Jewish refugees and defy the pro-Nazi government. And as the displaced family grows to love their new neighbors, André and Alin join forces with the French Resistance to help protect them. Based on one family’s harrowing true story of survival, In This Hospitable Land is an inspirational novel about courage and the search for home in the midst of chaos.

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Lynmar Brock, Jr., is a native of Pennsylvania who grew up in the Philadelphia suburb of Newtown Square. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English and an MBA from Dartmouth College before joining the U.S. Navy in 1956. He served as an officer on a destroyer in the U.S. Atlantic Fleet and later was transferred to the Pentagon, where he worked in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. After returning to civilian life, he took over operations of Brock and Company, his family’s food-services company, where he was president/CEO for forty-five years. He has also served on the board of directors of Rotary International, and his work with this worldwide service organization has taken him to India, Madagascar, Pakistan, and the Afghan border. In addition to In This Hospitable Land, Lynmar Brock is the author of Must Thee Fight and Genevieve. He is currently at work on his fourth book. He and his wife, Claudie, have two sons.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 861 KB
  • Print Length: 607 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1935597469
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (26 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0045EOLDO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,340 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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The author is at pains to point out that this book, although it is intended to be a novel, is based on true events. This causes a problem, as the author is not in my view,an accomplished novelist, but the story he has to tell is a fascinating one. A jewish family, forced to flee from nazi occupied Belgium seek refuge among the people of the Cevennes region of France. The local people are supportive of the family and hire them in ever more remote areas as the war progresses. The two breadwinners end up working for the Maquis although one is morally compromised by his conscientious objectors stance.

All this is told in the form of a blockbuster ( nearly six hundred pages long ) which suffers from some stilted and unrealistic dialogue. How much better this book would have been if it had been written as a factual account. However the story is an important one and has significant insights into the working of the Maquisards during the conflict. So recommended for those who have an interest in the subject, and the story is well worth exploring because of its factual base.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating story but..... 8 April 2011
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This is a difficult book to review as I would not want to praise it excessively but I do think it is worth reading. The story it tells is engrossing - a family of ten Jews escape to France when the bombing of Brussels in l940 make it imperative for them to leave Belgium, only for France to fall in its turn to the German army. After travelling through France the family finally ends up in a rural farming area where they settle on an abandoned farm. The heroic efforts made by their courageous Huguenot neighbours firstly to help them settle and - when it becomes necessary - to hide them are wonderful. I don't think much has ever been written about this and it was this historical aspect of the book I found the most absorbing and interesting. The author based his fictional characters on the true story of his wife's family and he certainly had the basis for a great novel. Unfortunately he is not a particularly good writer. The characters are wooden and do not come alive on the page, their conversations stilted and at times the refugees come across as extremely sorry for themselves so it is quite difficult to feel much empathy with them.[Of course their self pity is hardly surprising under the circumstances but one never feels that Anne Frank, in a far worse situation, is sorry for herself]. Comparisons are not kind but it was impossible not to compare Lymar Brock's book with Irene Nemirovsky's 'Suite Francaise' because, although his story is as well worth reading as hers, he does not have her gift for recounting events. fjs
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting story, overlong telling. 12 April 2011
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Based on true experiences in WW2, this account will engage readers with an interest in that period, provided they do not mind the rather clunky writing style.
This really grated on me at first - rather forced use of alliteration and personalities described in one way and shown to act in a totally opposite way, but perseverance overcame that and I eventually did want to know what happened to the family concerned. Their story is interesting and - considering the on-going issues of refugee - the theme is still relevant today.
At times frustrating, at other times almost touching, its for you if you are a determined reader and interested in the period - if you are impatient or have no interest in the topic - probably not for you.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Idealised version of a true war story 28 Mar. 2011
By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER
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This is a novel by Lynmar Brock Jr. Based on actual events that occurred in his family during their flight from the Nazi invasion of Brussels in 1940. The main protagonist is Andre Sauverin who was a Professor of Science at the Free University of Brussels. When the Germans arrive, invading neutral Belgium - announcing their arrival with air raids, he decides that as a Jew - he and his family will not be safe.

They are lucky in part, as they do have money and a large Buick that can accommodate his family, his brothers and their parents. This is then the story of their flight from Belgium to South France and the hospitality, friendship and hardship they encounter. Whilst it is based on war, there is very little about the war as such. They do get involved with the resistance in the form of the Macqui, but as Andre is a pacifist this sits fairly uncomfortably on his shoulders. Not so his brother Alex - who is portrayed as a constant contrast to his more measured brother. The story is really about survival and triumph over adversity and what seems like an almost unbelievable acceptance of outsiders by the people of the Cevennes; with a war narrative as a guiding parameter.

So why only three stars, first there is the writing style of Brock, it reminded me of Victorian melodrama in the way every event in the beginning is described in monumental terms, with an over liberal use of exclamation marks! If you see what I mean and I found this a bit Enid Blyton and a bit unnecessary. Phrases like `I am the Professor!', really do not need to be underlined.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A facinating and very moving account of a family's struggle to survive in wartime France.
Published 1 month ago by judith embley
5.0 out of 5 stars Based on true story opens up better impression of the french...
Couldnt put this book down. Based on true story opens up better impression of the french resistance.
Published 1 month ago by fay keyworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book and so topical with the release of Suite Francaise
Published 2 months ago by Prentice
4.0 out of 5 stars In this hospitable land
Thoroughly enjoyed this book and felt I was actually there experiencing all that the families had thrown at them. A page turner!
Published 2 months ago by grant townshend
5.0 out of 5 stars One family's experience of war in Brussels
A very interesting story which drew me into it until I felt their struggle and their determination to survive. Very interesting story. I recommend it.
Published 3 months ago by Jaguar lady
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Enjoyable. Opens ones eyes
Published 3 months ago by Snazi
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book
I was drawn in by the dialogue and story. At times it was difficult to stop reading. I would recommend this book
Published 4 months ago by jay
5.0 out of 5 stars Based on a true story, it recounts the adventures ...
Based on a true story, it recounts the adventures and challenges faciing a Jewish family who take refuge in France when Belgium is under threat from Germany. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Francesca
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was quite an exciting book. Well written and full of believable characters
Published 4 months ago by Patricia
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written but also provides a window into a little ...
Well written but also provides a window into a little known part of the histlry of war in Europe that is not reflected in the way history is taught in the UK. Read more
Published 4 months ago by fneilson
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