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A heart-wrenching historical novel spanning seventy-years, two continents, an undying love that holds the power to create a safe future for a young girl. This page-turning family saga soars to a breathtaking ending that redefines the meaning of love. When Natalie and Anna, sisters and life-long rivals, hide an abandoned child from the Nazis, their struggle re-opens a star- A heart-wrenching historical novel spanning seventy-years, two continents, an undying love that holds the power to create a safe future for a young girl. This page-turning family saga soars to a breathtaking ending that redefines the meaning of love. When Natalie and Anna, sisters and life-long rivals, hide an abandoned child from the Nazis, their struggle re-opens a star-crossed love triangle, threatening their safety and testing the bonds of their loyalty. Hungary's fragile alliance with Germany insured that Natalie, a best selling children's book author, and her family would be safe as World War Two raged through Europe. The Holocaust that has only been whispered about until now becomes a terrible reality for every Jewish family or those who hide Jews. Beautiful but troubled Anna, a poet and university professor is losing her tenuous hold on reality, re-igniting a dangerous sibling rivalry that began in childhood. The streets of Budapest echo with the pounding boots of Nazi soldiers. Danger creeps to the doorstep where the sisters' disintegrating relationship threatens to expose the child they are trying to protect. In one night, Anna's rash behavior destroys their carefully made plans of escape, and Natalie is presented with a desperate choice. Interwoven with Natalie and Anna's story, is Mila's. The abandoned child whose future Natalie lovingly imagines in a story about an old woman named Mrs. Tuesday. Mrs. Tuesday's Departure is an inspirational historical novel spanning two generations and exploring the un-breakable bonds of sisters.


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A heart-wrenching historical novel spanning seventy-years, two continents, an undying love that holds the power to create a safe future for a young girl. This page-turning family saga soars to a breathtaking ending that redefines the meaning of love. When Natalie and Anna, sisters and life-long rivals, hide an abandoned child from the Nazis, their struggle re-opens a star- A heart-wrenching historical novel spanning seventy-years, two continents, an undying love that holds the power to create a safe future for a young girl. This page-turning family saga soars to a breathtaking ending that redefines the meaning of love. When Natalie and Anna, sisters and life-long rivals, hide an abandoned child from the Nazis, their struggle re-opens a star-crossed love triangle, threatening their safety and testing the bonds of their loyalty. Hungary's fragile alliance with Germany insured that Natalie, a best selling children's book author, and her family would be safe as World War Two raged through Europe. The Holocaust that has only been whispered about until now becomes a terrible reality for every Jewish family or those who hide Jews. Beautiful but troubled Anna, a poet and university professor is losing her tenuous hold on reality, re-igniting a dangerous sibling rivalry that began in childhood. The streets of Budapest echo with the pounding boots of Nazi soldiers. Danger creeps to the doorstep where the sisters' disintegrating relationship threatens to expose the child they are trying to protect. In one night, Anna's rash behavior destroys their carefully made plans of escape, and Natalie is presented with a desperate choice. Interwoven with Natalie and Anna's story, is Mila's. The abandoned child whose future Natalie lovingly imagines in a story about an old woman named Mrs. Tuesday. Mrs. Tuesday's Departure is an inspirational historical novel spanning two generations and exploring the un-breakable bonds of sisters.

30 review for Mrs. Tuesday's Departure: A Historical Religious and Inspirational Romance Novel of World War Two

  1. 5 out of 5

    Belinda

    4 stars - English Ebook - I have dyslexia - - Now faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen. King James Bible. 11.2 Hebrews - Mrs Tuesday has diarys of the sisters Nathalie and Anna. Heir sisters, twins, living in budapest. The book follows the lives of this two lady's and Mila, the daughter of the youngest sister. Time is around the occupation of Hongary. The youngest sister of Nathalie and Anna married a Jew and Mila, their daughter is also in danger of beeing t 4 stars - English Ebook - I have dyslexia - - Now faith is the substance of things hoped for the evidence of things not seen. King James Bible. 11.2 Hebrews - Mrs Tuesday has diarys of the sisters Nathalie and Anna. Heir sisters, twins, living in budapest. The book follows the lives of this two lady's and Mila, the daughter of the youngest sister. Time is around the occupation of Hongary. The youngest sister of Nathalie and Anna married a Jew and Mila, their daughter is also in danger of beeing taken by beeing half of a Jew. Mother and father flee with the last train to Switzerland before Gemany takes over Hungary. Leaving Mila with the Sisters. Anna lives in heir own world. (young demension) It makes it for Nathalie very difficult to help Mila with a sister who indangers all. I was moved to tears. I loved to read this story and sympathize with these ladies. What a power and overal believe in God. That no mater what he will be by your side. - I can't. She wo't survive long enough without my protection. -

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    Where I got the book: review copy from the author, thanks! This poignant tale, set during the German occupation of Hungary near the end of WWII, tells the story of widowed Natalie, her twin sister Anna, and their niece Mila. Half-Jewish Mila has been abandoned by her parents in their haste to escape the country, leaving Natalie to take care of her and Anna, who is sinking deeper into the fantasy world of her Alzheimer's. Forgotten jealousies resurface as Natalie turns for help to an old flame of Where I got the book: review copy from the author, thanks! This poignant tale, set during the German occupation of Hungary near the end of WWII, tells the story of widowed Natalie, her twin sister Anna, and their niece Mila. Half-Jewish Mila has been abandoned by her parents in their haste to escape the country, leaving Natalie to take care of her and Anna, who is sinking deeper into the fantasy world of her Alzheimer's. Forgotten jealousies resurface as Natalie turns for help to an old flame of both sisters, and Natalie is forced to make an excruciating choice. I found this story moving in a very low-key way, but there were some aspects that puzzled me. I wasn't quite sure about the role of Jozef, the boy who apparently works for both sides of the conflict, and was unsure about the point behind Natalie's imagining of Mrs. Tuesday, a projection into Mila's future. I felt like I was missing something on both counts. I really liked the Anna/Natalie/Deszo triangle (I don't think Natalie was an entirely reliable narrator, which made things more interesting) and I enjoyed the atmosphere of tension and fear as neighbor turned against neighbor in an attempt to survive. There were some nicely executed passages of narrative in this novel, along with a strong handling of dialogue and an understated feel to the text which put me in mind of mid-20th century writers like Camus. Occasional typos, grammatical errors and (on my 2nd-gen Kindle) a strange formatting glitch where whole passages of dialogue were wrongly indented suggest that this novel would benefit from some more technical work, but the problems didn't occur frequently enough to annoy me. I understand this was a first novel, and it's a pretty ambitious shot at a literary form that has to find its right reader. I'll be interested to see what the author comes up with next.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Tina Galli

    I absolutely loved this book. It brought all of my emotions of the holocaust and the atrocities that happened everywhere to the forefront. I have to say that the person that wrote the review stating she had a hard time putting the family tree together and could not figure out who Mrs. Tuesday was obviously missed a great deal of the book. It was well written and very concise to who Mrs. Tuesday was. Of course like all good holocaust stories the ending was not to my liking only because it brings m I absolutely loved this book. It brought all of my emotions of the holocaust and the atrocities that happened everywhere to the forefront. I have to say that the person that wrote the review stating she had a hard time putting the family tree together and could not figure out who Mrs. Tuesday was obviously missed a great deal of the book. It was well written and very concise to who Mrs. Tuesday was. Of course like all good holocaust stories the ending was not to my liking only because it brings me such sadness but like any good war story concerning the holocaust most stories do not have a happy ending. A lot of what happened in the holocaust didn't and the book does the a great job of bringing this point to light. I am definitely glad I have it and will read it many times again and again. I never from page 1 set this book down and read it entirely within 12 hours of opening it up. It grabs you from page 1 with its characters and you simply cannot put it down until you know what happens to each of them. A great book plain and simple!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    This book starts off promising enough. The conflict of a family trying to flee the Nazis, of a mother abandoning her child, and of twin sisters who are rivals is well done. Yet, the second half of the book is almost too melodramatic and relies too much on coincidence for me to fully believe it. At one point, it even feels as if the characters are too radically different, and they even realize this.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Loraine

    A heart-wrenching Christian historical novel and inspirational romance spanning seventy years, two continents, and a an imagined story that holds the power to create a safe future for a young girl during World War Two. This page-turning family saga soars to a breathtaking ending that redefines the meaning of love. When Natalie and Anna, sisters and life-long rivals, hide an abandoned child from the Nazis in Budapest Hungary, their struggle re-opens a star-crossed love triangle and inspirational A heart-wrenching Christian historical novel and inspirational romance spanning seventy years, two continents, and a an imagined story that holds the power to create a safe future for a young girl during World War Two. This page-turning family saga soars to a breathtaking ending that redefines the meaning of love. When Natalie and Anna, sisters and life-long rivals, hide an abandoned child from the Nazis in Budapest Hungary, their struggle re-opens a star-crossed love triangle and inspirational romance, threatening their safety and testing the bonds of their loyalty. This book definitely made my 2016 favorite list. I picked it up as a free Kindle, and it was an incredible surprise. There were so many things I loved about this book. First, I believe it's the only book I have ever read that features World War II inside Hungary. Second, the characters were each incredibly complex and intertwined. Third, the storyline, with a view from the past, present, and future delicately interwoven was intriguing. Fourth, the faith element which emphasized believing in the unseen which was well threaded throughout the storyline. Finally, the depth of the plot which this new to me author crafted that pulled me into the midst of the drama from start to finish. I had a love-hate relationship with several of the characters. The twins, Natalie and Anna, drove me crazy with their back and forth relationship. From childhood through adulthood they had each tried to fight for superiority and identity. I felt incredibly sorry for Anna as she dealt with her moments of clarity and times of vagueness. Mila was such a sweet child and abandonment became her greatest fear. Deszo was a fascinating man who played double roles in both war and romance. I was never quite sure where he stood. The historical research is evident as Anderson brings to life the city of Budapest during the entrance of and takeover by the Nazis, their cruelty, and the sufferings of the citizens of Budapest. It also displayed the self-focus and survival instincts of the majority of the people as well as revealing those, like Mrs. Szep, who went out of their way to help others especially the Jews. This poignant tale definitely brought me to tears at Natalie's final choice that showed us love surmounts all and God never leaves us even in the darkest of times. I would highly recommend this book to those who like historical fiction especially focusing on World War II. FAVORITE QUOTES: (Just a few because it is filled with many good ones.) "In our limited imaginations, that is how we lived our lives. I understood how crimes could be committed in plain view. That myopia, I feared, would be our downfall." "The miracle of the Resurrection wasn't the source of her awe; it was the love Jesus shared in his willingness to go to the cross in the first place." "Were we meant to be God's helpers now? Was that part of faith, the willingness to step into the unknown and simply believe that God would be there with us? ... Would I be able to take that step into thin air and believe that God will be with me no matter what?"

  6. 4 out of 5

    Beth Peninger

    I had high hopes for this book. They were so disappointed. I'm confused by the high ratings others are giving this book because it was poorly written. Anderson had a great concept, I think, for this book but didn't deliver on it in any way. Set in WWII it is the story of a family trying to make an escape from the impending Nazi occupation in Hungary. I'm always up for stories from this time period. I find them fascinating. Natalie is the main character of this story as she is the adult trying to I had high hopes for this book. They were so disappointed. I'm confused by the high ratings others are giving this book because it was poorly written. Anderson had a great concept, I think, for this book but didn't deliver on it in any way. Set in WWII it is the story of a family trying to make an escape from the impending Nazi occupation in Hungary. I'm always up for stories from this time period. I find them fascinating. Natalie is the main character of this story as she is the adult trying to find a way out before her niece gets taken away. If Anderson had stuck with the story of Natalie and her attempts to escape with the rest of the family then I may have given the book a higher rating. But she threw in weird excerpts of "Mrs. Tuesday's Departure" that were disjointed and gave no insight to the story and actually confused things quite a bit for the reader. Anderson worked fairly hard to evoke from the reader sympathy/empathy for "Mrs. Tuesday" but never succeeded as it was never clear who Mrs. Tuesday was and it never was made clear what her departure was. I finished the book completely confused and frustrated that I had spent my time trying to make sense of this story. I'm so sorry but it was a fail. It was not done well at all. I feel like I've read enough books to discern good from bad. I read the book on Kindle and either the formatting of the book was weird for Kindle or the book was edited poorly because the chapters just stopped and started and very odd points. Almost in the middle of thoughts and sentences. It was horrible. I can't, in good conscious, recommend anyone spend their time reading this book.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    It saddens me to start this review this way, but it must be done. This e-book was filled with grammatical and typographical errors. Until I was finished and read the 'About the Author' blurb, I actually thought that this book may have been written in another language and things went wrong during the translation. Simple errors such as “lead” instead of “led” (this occurs twice with little between) left me feeling like this was never edited, just spell-checked –if even that, as 'studyied' also ma It saddens me to start this review this way, but it must be done. This e-book was filled with grammatical and typographical errors. Until I was finished and read the 'About the Author' blurb, I actually thought that this book may have been written in another language and things went wrong during the translation. Simple errors such as “lead” instead of “led” (this occurs twice with little between) left me feeling like this was never edited, just spell-checked –if even that, as 'studyied' also made its way into the text. The breakdown of chapters and sub-sections therein caught me off-guard right away. Instead of a chapter being one scene or complete part of the story, it seems as though they may have been broken down by other means –paragraph or word count. This led to a very awkward feeling while reading because, more often than not, one chapter continues the previous one with no cause for there to be a break between them. The characters were well-developed. The emotion was raw and this yanked on my heartstrings. The storyline, I loved. The ending, however, felt a bit abrupt. The aforementioned technical flaws greatly detracted from the wonderful characters and storyline. What I find odd, though, is that these same errors were not as prevalent in the story within the story. The story within the story (the 'excerpts') had a different set of problems, though. The first time an excerpt appeared, I thought I'd downloaded only a sample of the book because there was no warning. They are not well-integrated and their purpose is unclear for quite some time. With the paperback, you obviously know that they are part of the book itself, but it is not as obvious in the e-book. I was also bothered by them saying 'NatalieX'. The 'X' made me think that the author may have forgotten to add a last name. I understand that this is meant to help lessen the confusion, but it just didn't make sense. If nothing else, I would have suggested leaving out much of the information given as the introduction for every excerpt. This took me less than twelve hours to read because I was in love with the story and so badly wanted to know the fate of each character. The ending was a disappointment as, like I said earlier, it felt abrupt. It felt like this was a story that sat around for a decade and someone just came along and decided to write the end to get it finished –not caring about the details, just tying up all the ends in a tidy little bow to be done with it. It is such a shame. There is so much potential here for this to be an amazing novel. I truly hope that the author decides to revisit this and publish a new edition. This is a story that should shine, not fade away to nothing because of flaws that could easily be fixed. In all honesty, I wish that I could give this five stars, but the flaws are just too abundant. All of the positives –the characters, the emotions, the storyline, are all drowned out by the amount of flaws. I am giving this two stars and sending up a prayer that, someday, I will re-read this same story and it will be the same at its core, but be polished so much that I'm blinded by its shine –It could happen.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Thea Atkinson

    Mrs. Tuesday's departure is a good easy read on a drizzly Saturday afternoon. The writing style is easy to follow and simply written, making for a quick read. I was disappointed that the story was so short, as I would've liked to have delved a little deeper into some of the issues that I feel were at the heart of this story. I like the notion of "the wanted" as it brings reminiscence of the Nazi war which this seems to echo in many ways, and that was one of the strengths of the story: that it ha Mrs. Tuesday's departure is a good easy read on a drizzly Saturday afternoon. The writing style is easy to follow and simply written, making for a quick read. I was disappointed that the story was so short, as I would've liked to have delved a little deeper into some of the issues that I feel were at the heart of this story. I like the notion of "the wanted" as it brings reminiscence of the Nazi war which this seems to echo in many ways, and that was one of the strengths of the story: that it has a deeper resonance then the seeming everyday characters pervading the story would initially show. It’s not, however, a story of Nazis. It is a character driven story. One that is appealing in its universality. I do feel as though the characters at times -- especially at the beginning -- needed more flesh, as I had a hard time discerning between all of the female characters names at first. There wasn't enough physical description of the separate characters for me to see them as separate entities fully formed in my imagination. There were times when the spelling of names changed: Lily vs Lilly, and though it wasn’t a big deal, it was disconcerting. Some grammar issues and POV shifts occurred every now and then, but this was for the most part, a clean novel with a good story. I enjoyed the literary device of a story within a story, that left me thinking about this novel long after I read the last word. It is a good story that encompasses prejudice and marginalization and the fear that is unavoidable in the human condition when these terrible human concepts rear their ugly heads. Not a three star read; more of a very close to 4 star.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sylvia Ney

    Ms. Anderson has given us a fresh glimpse of the holocaust of WW II. Hungary's fragile alliance with Germany kept Natalie, an author, and her family out of harm's way during most of the war. Now, as Hitler grows desperate at the conclusion of the conflict, so does the threat to the people of Hungary. Natalie's younger sister Ilona married a Jewish man, putting her and her 12 year old daughter Mila at risk. Meanwhile, Natalie's twin sister Anna, is falling into dementia. Ilona and her husband lea Ms. Anderson has given us a fresh glimpse of the holocaust of WW II. Hungary's fragile alliance with Germany kept Natalie, an author, and her family out of harm's way during most of the war. Now, as Hitler grows desperate at the conclusion of the conflict, so does the threat to the people of Hungary. Natalie's younger sister Ilona married a Jewish man, putting her and her 12 year old daughter Mila at risk. Meanwhile, Natalie's twin sister Anna, is falling into dementia. Ilona and her husband leave on the last train out of Budapest, purposefully abandoning her daughter and sisters. Natalie tries to keep what is left of her family safe, but Anna's paranoid outbursts threaten the possibility to escape. Natalie is forced to make a choice, should she save her niece, or her sister? Ms. Anderson deftly re-creates the fear lurking among the occupied citizenry; fear that made them grow suspicious of one another, fear of starving due to the food shortages, opportunists who sold out others to ensure safety or obtain money and food, and even the horrible terror in waiting to see if they would be the next to be taken away to the Nazi death camps. Jews and Gentiles alike suffered. The character interactions create tension, suspense, sympathy, and empathy that will keep the reader interested. However, some awkward or unedited dialogue may confuse readers from time to time. Ms. Anderson’s masterful use of description places the reader among the chaotic feelings of the time causing you to root for the main characters. This was a very compelling and haunting story, but was arranged and ended a bit awkwardly.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Mary A.

    Once started this book is hard to put down. At 250 pages it makes for a rapid read but one that grabs and keeps your attention. The length also makes the novel more approachable by middle school and young adult readers. It contains some violence but it is not gratuitous. The violence is part of the story and helps explain the actions of the characters. Mrs. Tuesday's Departure tells the story of a family of women, identical twins, Natalie and Anna, their younger sister, Ilona, and her daugher, Mi Once started this book is hard to put down. At 250 pages it makes for a rapid read but one that grabs and keeps your attention. The length also makes the novel more approachable by middle school and young adult readers. It contains some violence but it is not gratuitous. The violence is part of the story and helps explain the actions of the characters. Mrs. Tuesday's Departure tells the story of a family of women, identical twins, Natalie and Anna, their younger sister, Ilona, and her daugher, Mila. It is the final days of World War II in Hungary and the Germans have just taken over their city. The Germans are in the process of rounding up all the Jews for relocation to concentrationn camps. The sisters are Catholics but Ilona married a Jew and, as a result, Mila is in danger. The story presents a series of decisions, good and bad, that the characters make, changing the course of their lives. It is ultimately a story of family, love, and human frailities. It will make you think and maybe even cry. Mrs. Tuesday's Departure has been compared to the novel Sarah's Key. Like that book, Mrs. Tuesday's Departure illustrates for the reader concepts such as trust, loyalty, and, ultimately, love. It is sad and happy at the same time. I recommend this book to all ages of readers but especially younger ones who are just learning about Hitler, Germany, the Jews, and World War II. (This book was received as the result of a free contest through Goodreads First Reads and the review was not solicited in any way.)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Dakota Balmore

    Ms. Anderson has given us a unique and fresh viewpoint on the holocaust of World War Two in her historical novel MRS. TUESDAY’S DEPARTURE. The perspective is that of an atypical family unit, an all-female household, in a European city occupied by the Nazis. Kate and Lilly are identical twin aunts to their young niece, Mila, who was the recipient of a selfish deed by her mother, sister to the aunts. Ms. Anderson adroitly re-creates the fear that lurked everywhere among the occupied citizenry; fea Ms. Anderson has given us a unique and fresh viewpoint on the holocaust of World War Two in her historical novel MRS. TUESDAY’S DEPARTURE. The perspective is that of an atypical family unit, an all-female household, in a European city occupied by the Nazis. Kate and Lilly are identical twin aunts to their young niece, Mila, who was the recipient of a selfish deed by her mother, sister to the aunts. Ms. Anderson adroitly re-creates the fear that lurked everywhere among the occupied citizenry; fear that made them grow suspicious of one another, fear of starving due to the food shortages, and the horrible terror in waiting to see if they would be the next taken away to the Nazi death camps. The widowed Kate has the added problem of acting as the family’s head, as her dear sister Lilly suffers from an affliction causing her to act out at inappropriate times without regard to danger. The character interactions create tension, suspense, sympathy, and empathy that will keep the reader interested all the way through to the unexpected ending. Ms. Anderson’s masterful use of description places the reader among the chaotic feelings of the time. The characters are real enough to jump out at you, and their powerful dialogue is not less than enthralling. By Dakota Balmore: the author of the historical novel, THE MAID OF THE POTOMAC: A TIGER'S HEART and other novels for adults and young adults through Scriptor Publishing Company, Inc.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Pam

    Mrs. Tuesday's Departure was a Goodreads Giveaway win. Thank you, thank you!!!!! I am thrilled to have received a signed copy of this book- the cover artwork was so cool, AND, I was pleasantly surprised to find a matching scriptural bookmark tucked inside. Yay! Now to the story itself. At first, I wasn't sure what to make of the short chapters. ( Each chapter is a few pages at most.) I found this somewhat distracting when first getting into the story. However, as I read on, the length of each ch Mrs. Tuesday's Departure was a Goodreads Giveaway win. Thank you, thank you!!!!! I am thrilled to have received a signed copy of this book- the cover artwork was so cool, AND, I was pleasantly surprised to find a matching scriptural bookmark tucked inside. Yay! Now to the story itself. At first, I wasn't sure what to make of the short chapters. ( Each chapter is a few pages at most.) I found this somewhat distracting when first getting into the story. However, as I read on, the length of each chapter actually seemed to add to the story; it's a relatively short book so I feel like it helped pack an extra punch. My one criticism is that I really wish each character was described a bit better. I want to know what they look like- what kind of clothing they wear, their hairstyle, etc. I didn't get a good depiction of this as I'd hope for. Still, it was a thorough, solid read that I really liked.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Roz

    The story is set in Budapest toward the end of World War II and the Nazi’s are in town. It’s told primarily through the voice of Natalie who is desperate to get her family, especially her niece Mila, out of Hungary and to safety, but there is roadblock upon roadblock hindering her efforts, from her selfish sister (Mila’s mother), her twin, Anna who is in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s, thieves, Nazi’s and even her former lover. The fear, worry and a feeling of anxiety permeated the book fro The story is set in Budapest toward the end of World War II and the Nazi’s are in town. It’s told primarily through the voice of Natalie who is desperate to get her family, especially her niece Mila, out of Hungary and to safety, but there is roadblock upon roadblock hindering her efforts, from her selfish sister (Mila’s mother), her twin, Anna who is in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s, thieves, Nazi’s and even her former lover. The fear, worry and a feeling of anxiety permeated the book from start to finish with not a moment’s calm. I couldn’t put the book down, not because I found it especially enjoyable, certainly not a warm and fuzzy read, but rather because I needed to see how it ended. And I never felt it would end well for any of the characters but I always hoped. If you like reading books about this time period, give it a try. I gave it a solid 3.5.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Diane

    Miss Anderson is an amazing author that gives you a look at the holocaust during W.W. 2 as it about to take over Hungary. This was a fast read, and hard to put down Hitler's army knows that they are about to loss the war. So they start to push things up to round up the Jews. Hungary has had a fragile alliance with Germany which has protected Natalie who is a author of children's book and her family so far. She is trying to find a way for escape for her family and protect her young niece. Natalie' Miss Anderson is an amazing author that gives you a look at the holocaust during W.W. 2 as it about to take over Hungary. This was a fast read, and hard to put down Hitler's army knows that they are about to loss the war. So they start to push things up to round up the Jews. Hungary has had a fragile alliance with Germany which has protected Natalie who is a author of children's book and her family so far. She is trying to find a way for escape for her family and protect her young niece. Natalie's twin sister Anna has dementia and it is getting worse and may cost them with her delusions. The story is one of family love and faith. We follow Natalie as she tries to find a way to get them all to safe. A beautiful story of a sister's love.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    I usually try to leave my editorial hat at the door when setting out my thoughts regarding a recent read so that I can concentrate more on the subjective side of the experience but in this regard I failed utterly. Although generally the writing was of a decent standard I felt that editorially the author rather sabotaged her own work.The first scene in any book is very important but here it gets broken up into little gasps of writing, breaking off incredibly after a page and half and stuttering o I usually try to leave my editorial hat at the door when setting out my thoughts regarding a recent read so that I can concentrate more on the subjective side of the experience but in this regard I failed utterly. Although generally the writing was of a decent standard I felt that editorially the author rather sabotaged her own work.The first scene in any book is very important but here it gets broken up into little gasps of writing, breaking off incredibly after a page and half and stuttering on through several more literary burps. I never felt like I was allowed to settle into the narrative without being jerked back from the page by the constant chapter breaks.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Missy

    This is a story that will grip your heart. A new perspective on the atrocities of Hitler. While I greatly enjoyed this book, the story itself has many errors, both in language and spelling. The story developed quickly and ended abruptly. It made me wonder if the author was working on deadline and just needed to be finished. I was also not a fan of the excerpts sprinkled throughout the book. They were obtrusive and would have been better served at the end.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    While I enjoyed reading parts of the book and found the story interesting, there wasn't enough attention given to character development. I was troubled by the way the author inserted the pieces about Mrs. Tuesday. This was a very awkward attempt to tie the story together and bring it to a conclusion. Start to finish would have been a more satisfying read. While I enjoyed reading parts of the book and found the story interesting, there wasn't enough attention given to character development. I was troubled by the way the author inserted the pieces about Mrs. Tuesday. This was a very awkward attempt to tie the story together and bring it to a conclusion. Start to finish would have been a more satisfying read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I thought the author had a good story line, but the writing was thin, the punctuation was lacking and it seemed there was just not enough thought put into the book. The chapters were too short. The passages where the author took you from the war and then into the future were not handled well; the reader couldn't tell who the characters were. I was disappointed with this book. I thought the author had a good story line, but the writing was thin, the punctuation was lacking and it seemed there was just not enough thought put into the book. The chapters were too short. The passages where the author took you from the war and then into the future were not handled well; the reader couldn't tell who the characters were. I was disappointed with this book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    This was by far one of the best books I've read this year. Excellent WWII historical fiction. This was by far one of the best books I've read this year. Excellent WWII historical fiction.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Heather Smith

    I liked it...until the end.

  21. 4 out of 5

    June Guymon

    A story of faith and family, strength and weakness, and the ultimate triumph of love over hate.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Lorna

    An interesting and moving novel of life in Hungary towards the end of WWII, and one woman's journey. An interesting and moving novel of life in Hungary towards the end of WWII, and one woman's journey.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Meh . . .

  24. 5 out of 5

    Chaplain Stanley Chapin

    An inspirational story An inspirational story I am a believer and have my faith in God, but it was a story that makes you wonder if you have as much as Natalie

  25. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    I love historical fiction. And I love books that don't always give a happy-ever-after. Good characters, good pace, thumbs up. I love historical fiction. And I love books that don't always give a happy-ever-after. Good characters, good pace, thumbs up.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Una Tiers

    This was a sad story written gently.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Pam Warner

    Did not love it! Did not hate it! For me it was just OK!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Therese

    Over the years I have read a number of books set during World War II and the Holocaust but never one set in Hungary, which was initially allied with Germany. Natalie, her twin Anna, and their niece, Mila, are trying to survive the German invasion but they don’t realize the severity of what is happening all around them. Anna has begun an early descent into Alzheimer’s, and so it is up to Natalie to save her sister and her niece even when it seems like they don’t want to be saved. She has friends Over the years I have read a number of books set during World War II and the Holocaust but never one set in Hungary, which was initially allied with Germany. Natalie, her twin Anna, and their niece, Mila, are trying to survive the German invasion but they don’t realize the severity of what is happening all around them. Anna has begun an early descent into Alzheimer’s, and so it is up to Natalie to save her sister and her niece even when it seems like they don’t want to be saved. She has friends but it isn’t too long before she realizes that it is the best disguise – friendship. When people get hungry, all they have to do is turn someone in, and with Mila being half Jewish, she is a prime target. This was an interesting concept but I felt that the end was rushed and I never understood what Deszo did or didn’t do even though there was sort of a triangle with him and the twins. He had loved Natalie when they were younger but she met and married Max. He then took up with Anna after getting married… Natalie was going to do everything she could to save Mila and she should have been able to because Natalie and Anna were Catholic. Little did they realize that the Germans were very interested in twins, not to mention Catholics were also sent to the camps as well. I also didn’t understand the role of Jozef other than that he was working both sides, but what was his connection to Natalie and Mila? We’re told early on that Anna was a poet, and while Natalie began that way, their sibling rivalry continued to manifest itself, and so she took up writing children’s stories. They both worked at the University, and in order to make sense of all this power, Natalie wrote a story projecting Mila into the future so she would be safe. There is no way she could have known the things that were in this story, let alone imagined them, and so that was confusing as well. This story had a good idea but somehow just fell flat and missed the boat for the most part, or at least for some of it.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    I think the author did a great job of showing the vast array of emotions and actions, both good and evil, so called normal people can show during times like WW2. People today as before, are so horrified by what the Nazis' did, that many have chosen to live in a make believe world where it never happened. They can't reconcile how anyone could do such things. But the Bible tells us how this could happen and why it does. We're all capable of such evil given the right circumstances. We we are not si I think the author did a great job of showing the vast array of emotions and actions, both good and evil, so called normal people can show during times like WW2. People today as before, are so horrified by what the Nazis' did, that many have chosen to live in a make believe world where it never happened. They can't reconcile how anyone could do such things. But the Bible tells us how this could happen and why it does. We're all capable of such evil given the right circumstances. We we are not sinners because we sin, but we sin because we are sinners, born with a nature enslaved to sin. But she also showed what people who have been saved and given a new nature are capable of, even in the most evil of times. I wish more people would read this book and others like it and face the truth both of what happened and of what we are individually, and hopefully get right with God. Great book!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Amy R.

    I just couldn't love this story. It's an interesting premise, but it frustrated me that the characters are supposed to be "good Catholic girls" and yet one is involved in an affair and they swear and use God's name in vain. I felt the last half was rather contrived and never did figure out completely why the Nazi guy was interested in Natalie. Also, personal preference, I hate first person. There were so many sentences all starting the same way: "I...", "Our...", "We..." It really did start to s I just couldn't love this story. It's an interesting premise, but it frustrated me that the characters are supposed to be "good Catholic girls" and yet one is involved in an affair and they swear and use God's name in vain. I felt the last half was rather contrived and never did figure out completely why the Nazi guy was interested in Natalie. Also, personal preference, I hate first person. There were so many sentences all starting the same way: "I...", "Our...", "We..." It really did start to sound monotonous.

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