While We're Far Apart

While We're Far Apart

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by Lynn Austin
     
 

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In an unassuming apartment building in Brooklyn, New York, three lives intersect as the reality of war invades each aspect of their lives. Young Esther is heartbroken when her father decides to enlist in the army shortly after the death of her mother. Penny Goodrich has been in love with Eddie Shaffer for as long as she can remember; now that Eddie's wife is dead,

Overview

In an unassuming apartment building in Brooklyn, New York, three lives intersect as the reality of war invades each aspect of their lives. Young Esther is heartbroken when her father decides to enlist in the army shortly after the death of her mother. Penny Goodrich has been in love with Eddie Shaffer for as long as she can remember; now that Eddie's wife is dead, Penny feels she has been given a second chance and offers to care for his children in the hope that he will finally notice her and marry her after the war. And elderly Mr. Mendel, the landlord, waits for the war to end to hear what has happened to his son trapped in war-torn Hungary.

But during the long, endless wait for victory overseas, life on the home front will go from bad to worse. Yet these characters will find themselves growing and changing in ways they never expected—and ultimately discovering truths about God's love...even when He is silent.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Austin loves to blend storytelling and interesting history, with her newest novel no exception. She sets her characters in one New York City apartment building during the difficult years of WWII. Esther Shaffer, 12, mourns her dead mother and now faces her father enlisting in the army; Penny Goodrich, long in love with Eddie Shaffer, volunteers to care for his children, hoping to marry Eddie when he returns; and Jacob Mendel, a Jewish widower, struggles to find Hashem (God) amid his loss. Their lives intersect as Jacob rediscovers his faith, Penny discovers her past and her future, and Esther begins to understand life and love. Add family drama, D-Day, the Holocaust, arson, and young love, and you'll see why Austin is so popular. While her story is entertaining, it lacks the narrative flow of some of her other work; her characters grow and change, but the story reads more like a history lesson than a novel. Still, readers will find much to enjoy. (Oct.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764204975
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
222,661
Product dimensions:
6.94(w) x 11.28(h) x 1.15(d)

Meet the Author

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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While We're Far Apart 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 331 reviews.
Pansylady223 More than 1 year ago
This was my first Lynn Austin book and she writes with ease, develops her characters well and researches well, also. The story takes place during WWII, with the main character taking care of the two children of someone she has long loved due to his going off to war. The children are still suffering over losing their mother to a car accident, the neighbor downstairs suffers from not knowing where his only son is in Nazi occupied Europe, and many other twists and turns move the story along to hold interest. The main theme that all the characters learn is the God is in control even if we can't see Him or hear Him. Sometimes we need to be patient in His waiting room. Can't wait for her next novel!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lynn Austin did an excellent job with this book. It takes you and engulfs you in the time period of WW2. My heart went out to all it's characters. I think it should be made into a screenplay! It is so well written it puts all other romance fiction authors to shame! I definitely will be reading more of her work. The best I've read in a long time.
DebV64 More than 1 year ago
I didnt think when I got this book I would like it, however, IT was a great surprise!! Course I dont know why I was surprised Lynn Austin is a great historical fiction writer. Love her books and this just adds to the collection of great ones.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am writing through tears. This book has touched me as no othersinceIread "Marjorie Morningstar" when I was in my 20's. I am now 68. I have been touched by much loss in my life. I believe that through this book I may, in fact, be purged of the anger I have felt toward G-d these many years. THANK YOU, Ms. Austin.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Tells the perspective of jewish people in america wondering about their loved one's in Europe during WW II. I love a book that makes you feel a part of a bygone era. This book did that for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting insight to the homefront and family relationships during wartime.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While Were Far Apart was one of the best historical fiction books I have ever read. You could really feel as if you were the character. I did not ever want to put the book down, it was that good. I am doing this book for my book report for school and it was the perfect choice. I loved when Penny was kissed by Roy and it was her first kiss ever. I also loved when Peter started to talk after Mr.Mendel was going to get arrested. This book left a huge impact on be about what it was like to live during world war 2 ( the best war ever). I recommened this book for young readers who love a good world war 2 book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the way this book wove several characters into a WWII historical setting and kept you captivated by each of their lives. Showing how the war affected each one in a different way, but brought them together under their renewed faith in God who they discovered is in control, even when we cannot see Him working immediately in each situation. I give this a five star rating and will look for more of her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED This book! It really gave me a feel of what it would have been like to live during WWII. At times it made me wish I was there and other times I was so glad I wasn't. This book made it real. It was so good I couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this down, reading far into the night. Oh, the soul of it! No words to describe the emotions this story evokes. Must read! Review by CherishD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A history lesson about jewish and christians in WWII. The story reals you in, and leads you through two familys lives. A wonderful love story about people, and their relationship with God. A must read for everyone, you will be pleasently surprised!
BSinclair More than 1 year ago
First of all, B&N needs to have a better system of product reviews. I hate all the nonsense that comes up when trying to read a review of something. Ok, enough ranting on that. While We're Far Apart, by Lynn Austin is a must read, people. I was drawn in from the very first moment and laughed and cried and cheered with these characters. I love the WWII setting and all that I learned about the Holocaust. You will not be disappointed in this book.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was hard put down. I could not wait to see what would happen next. The characters drew me in. Good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Leaps right to the heart of human relationships, the power of both God & satan, and the tremendous lessons that we can learn from history. We must never forget the value of faith or the freedom God meant all of us to enjoy if we're brave enough to hang onto it.
freereaderdh More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the book, it did lack a bit of that pull to not put it down, but the story line was good and the characters were interesting. It was free! Give it try.
Gertt More than 1 year ago
..several of her earlier books are among my favorites, unfortunately, this is not one of them. The first 8 chapters are nothing but arguing, parents angry with children, children angry with parents, friends angry with friends, men angry with God. I'm sure in the end they will all come full measure and find themselves, but it's hard to continue with a story when you can't bond with any of the characters because they are all so unhappy.
Anonymous 4 months ago
This was a very good, and easy read, that takes place during WWII. The characters were easy to relate to and I found myself caring about them. In some instances, I thought characters were too forgiving of past transgressions (Penny, in particular), but this did not detract from thr story.
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bnuts2 More than 1 year ago
This was my 2nd Lynn Austin book and I am so blessed! Her characters develop well, her plots are real and I just loved the encouragement and blessings that I felt because I was reading about how we turn to God and that He never leaves us. Loved this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I could hardly put it down. I laughed and cried with the characters. I highly recommend to anyone that enjoys historical fiction.
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I agree somrthing should be done about the kiddie chatter but whatever I throughly enjoyed this story It is frightening to think that people were treated so horribly because of religion Lovex all the characters but wished for more
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book will leave you speechless. This author is a force to be reckoned with.