Thursday, April 17, 2014

For Such a Time

GIVEAWAY

BRESLIN, KATE
FOR SUCH A TIME 

Powerful Retelling of the Story of Esther

In 1944, blonde and blue-eyed Jewess Hadassah Benjamin feels abandoned by God when she is saved from a firing squad only to be handed over to a new enemy. Pressed into service by SS-Kommandant Colonel Aric von Schmidt at the transit camp of Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia, she is able to hide behind the false identity of Stella Muller. However, in order to survive and maintain her cover as Aric's secretary, she is forced to stand by as her own people are sent to Auschwitz.

Suspecting her employer is a man of hidden depths and sympathies, Stella cautiously appeals to him on behalf of those in the camp. Aric's compassion gives her hope, and she finds herself battling a growing attraction for this man she knows she should despise as an enemy.

Stella pours herself into her efforts to keep even some of the camp's prisoners safe, but she risks the revelation of her true identity with every attempt. When her bravery brings her to the point of the ultimate sacrifice, she has only her faith to lean upon. Perhaps God has placed her there for such a time as this, but how can she save her people when she is unable to save herself?

My Review:

Wow -- I'm nearly speechless over this one. The romance has an ethereal, fairy tale quality that carries it far away from the gruesome reality of a World War II concentration camp. That stark contrast makes the entire story all the more magical.

But Breslin doesn't flinch in conveying the conditions the Jews have to deal with -- though her readers might. Heart-breaking stuff laced with the strength and determination of an unconquerable people. There were many goosebump moments for me as I read this epic novel. Many tears shed too. I loved the way she paralleled the Book of Esther with the events in For Such a Time. Honestly, a stunning celebration of life and the grace of God in the midst of impossible affliction. This is one incredible read you don't want to miss.

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of For Such a Time as This please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . to protect yourself from spammers. If you email me, please be sure to put the title in the subject line so it is easier for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday April 20  2014. Offer open to international readers. Good luck.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".

30 comments:

  1. thanks for the chance to read this wonderful novel, kav.

    karenk
    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

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    1. You're welcome, Karen. Good luck!

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  2. Good Morning Kav,

    I have had For Such a Time as This on my reading with list for a few months now (ever since it I saw it amongst Bethany House's upcoming releases).

    Please enter my name into the drawing.

    Thank you,

    ~Tammi

    dandtdearing {at} earthlink {dot} net

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    1. It's such an amazing book, Tammy! Good luck!

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  3. This looks like a great book! I love the WWII time period, so I'm looking forward to this one!

    lubell1106(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. It's definitely a book to look forward too, Elyssa. Good luck!

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  4. This book sounds and looks like a heart wrenching/warming story all in one! Please sign me up! jodycarr96ATgmailDOTcom

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    1. You've got that right, Jody. Good luck!

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  5. Beautiful review for a beautiful book! Thanks Kav!
    gatorade635(at)gmail(dot)com

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  6. Can't wait to read this one! (Apologies if there's a second post, my first disappeared) Heard good things about it from others as well. rmjagears AT gmail DOT com

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    1. It's amazing, Melissa. Good luck!

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  7. I love books in this time period.
    rosebudsinjune at gmail dot com
    Thanks,
    Deborah

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  8. I borrowed my sister's copy of this book and I just finished reading it. I loved every single second of the story and quickly added it to my wishlist. Thanks for the giveaway!
    bekaboobear(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Lucky you, Rebekah, to have a sister who is willing to share books. :-) Here's hoping you get to add this one to your own collection. Good luck!

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  9. Oh Kav, For Such a Time as This sounds like a wonderful book. I would love to read this book and I thank you for the giveaway. Keeping my fingers crossed!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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  10. Sounds amazing. Count me in, please, Kav!

    ckbarker at gmail dot com

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    1. You're counted, Cheryl. Good luck!

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  11. I have heard such wonderful things about this book. Can't wait to read it.
    rebeccalyn73(at)Hotmail(dot)com

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    1. It's a fantastic read. Good luck, Beckie.

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  12. Sounds like a beautiful story. Count me in on this one. rrwalter34 ATgmailDOTcom


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  13. Sounds romantic and just what I need! =) truckredford(at)gmail(Dot)com

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  14. When I read the book description, it totally made sense that a retelling of Esther would be done during the WWII period, I wondered why it had never been done before (or has it)? I wonder how the romance could happen in this situation. Sounds like an excellent read, thanks for the giveaway!
    garfsgirl [at] hotmail [dot] com

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    1. I haven't read an Esther type story either, Lis. And the romance is amazing...the way it ties in, especially with the Esther story. The author does an amazing job of making the hero relatable. This kind of reads like a fairy-tale retelling only it's a biblical retelling...if that makes sense. Incredibly well done. Good luck!

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  15. Can't wait to read this wonderful story! Thank you for the opportunity to win!!

    texaggs2000 at gmail dot com

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