Now, onto today's book...
Oh my goodness...today I'm reviewing Kate Breslin's debut novel. It's a retelling of the story of Esther set during World War II in Nazi Germany, and it sucks you in immediately. Let me give you the blurb and then we can chat.
There was truly so much to love about this book. From the first page, these characters draw you in. Kate did a phenomenal job placing you not only into this time period but also into the camp of Theresienstadt. Although the story of Esther is a familiar one, when placed into another time period, intrigue and conflict abound. Along with love. This is one thing that surprised me the most, how Kate wrote Aric's character and showed his humanity, his struggles, and his heroism. And I loved, loved, loved that while I went in with preconceived notions of what things should happen, this book continually surprised me. I found myself often wondering how it would end--even though I knew the story it was based on.
Kate also shows the story from multiple point-of-views, which sometimes can throw me off, but in this story was used well. I never felt I was taken from Stella and Aric for too long, and seeing what was occurring through others' eyes only reinforced the main story line of their relationship.
By the time I was in the middle of this book, I knew it would find a permanent home on my bookshelf. If you loved Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, chances are great that you'll love this book too. A timeless story of God's amazing faithfulness retold, yet Kate managed to create an amazing love story of her own between two so unlikely people.
I happily give For Such a Time 5 out of 5 stars, and you can purchase it here.
If you'd like to learn more about Kate, please visit her at her website katebreslin.com