Tuesday, April 8, 2014

For Such a Time: A Review

I love Historical Fiction novels.  I am especially drawn to novels that cover Hitler's regime, the
Holocaust, and the events that followed.  Kate Breslin's new novel, "For Such a Time," is probably one of the best books I have read on this subject in the Historical Fiction genre.  Not only was it superbly engaging (I finished it in less than 12 hours), but it contained a very unique storyline.  Ms. Breslin forged a lovely story filled with forgiveness, mercy, redemption, and miracles.  It is a truly captivating tale, and one that is very well written.

I really enjoyed the flashback aspect of this book.  While we are able to get to know each main character better in the present, we were also given a glimpse of their pasts, and how that past shaped the character and decisions of each.  Another terrific element of this book was its modern parallel to the book of Esther.  How many Esther's, I wonder, did God call forth during that horrific period of history? 

While the reader does get to experience some of the atrocities of life in the Ghetto for the Jewish people, it also gets a glimpse of the horrible treatment of children, the evil mindsets of the regime itself and how they viewed the Jewish people, and what life was like working for one of these soldiers.  The range of characters representing each of these were quite dimensional as well.  It well-represented the many soldiers that found their moral obligation in complete conflict with the evils they were commanded to carry out.  It reveals to us the depravity to which the accuser and the accused find themselves in, and it also reveals just how much a person is willing to sacrifice for goodness and love. 

The ending was such a pleasure to read!  I cheered.  Out loud.  It also called into account the fact that though many soldiers and civilians of Nazi Germany worked covertly to save many Jewish lives, they were still held accountable for the actions of Hitler.  I am saddened when I realize how many lives were completely ruined--they were all victims, really.  Victims of hate, cowardice, pure evil.  Yet, as we hear, there are so many stories of love, forgiveness, mercy, and redemption.  I commend the author for drawing from each.  A life is destroyed when it is taught to hate and murder, a life is destroyed at the hands of those murderers, and a life is destroyed when they must observe the atrocities surrounding them.  I would encourage everyone to read this novel.  There truly is a lesson for us all to learn.  Love our enemies.  Bless those who curse us.  Do good to those who hurt us.  Love as Jesus loved.  Beautiful story and a pleasure to review. 

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