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FOR SUCH A TIME: a novel ~Kate Breslin

“I absolutely loved this book…I dare anyone to close the cover before the last suspenseful page.”  Debbie Macomber

“We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.”  “Hope does not disappoint.”   BIBLE


For Such a Time is a fictional story about a real place in WWII.  I was worried that it was going to be yet another gloried story of how faith wins the day and produces a miracle or the horrendous regime of the Nazis’ allows one or two faithful people to accept their circumstances and die for their faith. I had a bit of dread to overcome before I started this read.  I was encouraged by Debbie Macomber’s cover quote and she was right, I needed to read to the very last page and had difficulty putting the book down.   It did have a suspenseful end, right to the last page, and it was an interesting romantic story.

Can compassion and faith actually turn a mind, or return a mind to a redemptive action?  Can a young men’s enthusiasm for doctrine blind his endeavors?  Can a human see too much war and evil to ever be able to return from regret to see beauty and truth in actions?  When faith is lost can it be rediscovered?  Can a young Jewish woman rescue an entire internment camp and accomplish survival?

I have seen many soldiers return from war bitter, angry and scared and I see thousands who have come home determined that war is no longer an option for change. There is possibility in this story- I wish it was a story which was true.

Terezin Camp was built in 1780 in the Czech Republic, the camp was used by the Nazis as a transit camp for Auschwitz from November 24, 1941 to May 9, 1945.  Several Danish Jews were sent to this camp and the Danish people sent Red Cross workers to check on the treatment of the Jew’s held within its boundaries.  The Camp/ city was spruced up for the Red Cross inspection and then the next day thousands of Jews were transported by trains to the gas chambers.

In the author’s words: “The Nazis proclaimed Theresienstadt /Terezin a ‘Paradiesghetto’ and coerced 140,000 Jews from their homes.  The new arrivals discovered not a resort city, as they had been promised, but a ghetto plagued by squalid, overcrowded living conditions, a lack of food and medicine, and much death and disease.  Of those who entered this walled town between November 1949 and April 1945, over 90,000 were sent to their deaths in Auschwitz-Berkenau and other extermination camps.  Of those, 15,000 were children.  And of those who remained, 33,500 died in the ghetto.”

When I finished For Such a Time, I wished the events had actually happened in just this way; that a determined young Jewish woman could have saved 3,000 people because of her love for a Kommendant/soldier who saw her beauty and compassion for others and changed himself and his actions for love.  Could this story actually have happened?   Could faith actually be that powerful and life changing?

Kate Breslin is a good story teller, and readers will enjoy this history lesson in story form very much. Kate Breslin definitely believes this is a possibility.

tlc logoTLC Online Book Tours sent me a copy of this book for review and I found it to be a  4 lady bug read.  I think you will appreciate the story as much as I did – For Such a Time. 4-Ladybugs

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6 Responses to “FOR SUCH A TIME: a novel ~Kate Breslin”

  1. Laurie Buchanan Says:

    Patricia – Like you I wonder, “Could this story actually have happened?” I’m not sure I could have made it to the last page, but I’m glad you did and shared your thoughts. As always, thank you!
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  2. Kate Breslin, author of For Such a Time, on tour May 2014 | TLC Book Tours Says:

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  3. Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours Says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed this one especially since you were concerned about it at the start. It looks like a wonderfully inspiring read!

    Thanks for being on the tour.

    Patricia Reply:

    Heather J

    It was a good read and I am glad I had the tour to keep me on track and push to the finish.
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  4. Sara Healy Says:

    Wow. I missed this one and decided to check it out. I think we all need books like this one to give us hope, even if it is a fiction story and one about the power of faith. I loved your quote from the Bible, especially this line, ““Hope does not disappoint.”

    From your review, it sounds like this book did just that:~)
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    Patricia Reply:

    Sara,
    This was a good read and I would add it to my list if I had not just read it – it was good fiction.

    I did not touch on the idea that sometimes people connect with the people who are threatening to kill them – a survival thing. There is some on that in this book also. Adds some dimension to the story
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