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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; 1 edition (1 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764204971
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764204975
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 783,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lynn Austin, a former teacher who now writes and speaks full time, has won five Christy Awards for her historical fiction. One of those novels, Hidden Places, has also been made into a Hallmark Channel movie. Lynn and her husband have raised three children and make their home near Chicago, Illinois.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By sanderella on 12 Oct. 2011
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Set in New York, the novel is about broken families in the final years of the second world war. All the characters are well drawn, and I found myself becoming more and more involved in their lives and sorrows. Yet there is joy, growth, warmth and love in this well-written book.

I was particularly happy to read of the relationship between the Jews and non-Jews of New York City. It was lovely to enter the synagogue and homes of the Jewish people. I had never thought before of how much the 'free' Jews of the world suffered, knowing about the appalling happenings in Europe, and unable to do anything about it.

The novel is also a romance of unrequited love between the heroine and the father of the children she is caring for. The stories of several lives run through the novel. I am so glad I read it.

And it is FREE on Kindle.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By linnyvinny on 25 Oct. 2011
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I loved this. It was well written and well researched with rounded believable characters. It made a nice change to have a book with a religious element based in the Orthodox Jewish community, and a refreshing reminder that the label attached to a faith is less important than the actions of the individual.

But all that makes it sound too worthy, and that does the book a disservice. This is a cracking read on many levels. I really empathised with the characters even though their lives and stories were so different to mine. It was a real page turner with realistic character development. It made me cry on the tube several times with its sensitive handling of loss, grief, mourning and the human realities of the Holocaust, and yet managed (improbably) to maintain an atmosphere of love, humour, forgiveness and hope.

How can something so good be free? Snap it up free if you can, but even if you have to pay, it will be worth it. I will definitely be buying more of this authors work.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Roroblu's Mum TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Oct. 2011
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....decent enough, but depressing and hard on the emotions. I would avoid reading this tale if at this time of year you suffer from SADS, as there is very little that is uplifting about it for most of the way through. But it is not a bad book, despite this, as it is well-written. I'm also not a fan of novels with strong religious themes, and had I known this before starting, I would probably not have downloaded it.

There is a brilliant synopsis from amazon, so I won't repeat that, but for me this tale started off with me thinking 'what a selfish b******' when the widowed father enlisted for WW2 duty in Brooklyn in late 1943. I could understand that he was struggling with coping with two young children following the death of his wife a year ago, but there wasn't a thought for either of them, nor for his elderly mother who made it clear that she was beyond raising children at her time of life. He still went, but it wasn't out of a sense of duty, more a means of escape and keeping his mind and body busy.

So the children who were still reeling from their mother's sudden death now had to deal with the loss of their father, and would undoubtedly have been affected by the rejection - albeit not a cruel one, just a practical one - from their gran, and then having to deal, in the young teen female's case, with an adult that she does not like and that she resents.

Then we had to deal with Penny who steps in to take the children in, allowing them to live in their own apartment - she has been abused, as has her sister, by their parents, so she had issues whilst trying to cope with the kids, and loving their absentee father.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bagpuss on 18 Oct. 2011
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I really enjoyed this book , a very quick insight to the Jewish religion and the 2nd world war from a number of perspectives .
I really warmed to all the characters, the book is only as deep as you choose to make it it is a light hearted love story set during the war or with a little extra thought/research it can offer you some historic insights .
one of the best free books i have read so far.
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By Nicola F (Nic) TOP 500 REVIEWER on 1 Nov. 2011
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I acquired this when it was a Kindle freebie, but with hindsight I wouldn't have had any qualms about paying for this story either, though perhaps not at its current price which does seem a bit excessive!

There is an underlying theme of religion within this book which I usually don't like (I am an atheist), but as it incorporates aspects of Judaism and faith during World War II, the plot just works.

The story is based in Brooklyn, NY and starts in 1943 when two young children who recently lost their mother, now face their father going off to fight in the war at his own choosing, much to their anger (and mine!). A distant family friend, Penny, steps in to look after the children, much to their reluctance. Timid, put-upon Penny has been in love with their father forever and sees this as an opportunity to show him what she is made of and that she too can be marriage worthy. Will she succeed?

Also in the building is Jacob, an orthodox Jew who has lost his faith since the death of his own wife. His son and family are trapped in Nazi-occupied Hungary and he is desperate for news and rereads their earlier letters to him for something to grasp onto. Somehow these building residents, who from the outset are very different, become close in such a time of tragedy in this story of faith and friendship.

Please don't let the religious aspect put you off the story; I'm very glad I didn't. This is more a character study and shows the impact the war had on those still in the United States whose loved ones were overseas whilst the fighting was going on. It is beautifully written and though bleak in tone manages to be upbeat in places.
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