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Ein Haus In Brooklyn
Lynn Austin
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Ein Haus In Brooklyn

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  4,662 ratings  ·  550 reviews
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 fe ...more
Published September 2011 by Francke-Buchhandlung (first published October 1st 2010)
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I often take breaks from reading about WW2 because of the emotional ride I undergo. But, this book was special. The perspective of the characters was different than most WW2 stories since the main characters were in America. Jacob Mendel is a Jew who is stricken with grief as he awaits news from his Jewish family last heard from in Hungary. His tenants live above him and are two young, Christian children anxious for their father's return from the war. Their sheltered and naive neighbor, Penny, h ...more
While We're Far Apart by Lynn Austin will definitely be considered as a boring book by many who judge a book only after reading a couple of chapters but for those who actually invest their time and energy to it, they will find it all worthwhile in the end. This book is emotional and will leave you thinking long after you're done with it. I don't read a lot of books that have that kind of impression on me and so that's why I consider this a very good read. You know you are reading a good book whe ...more
The novel opens in Brooklyn, New York in the fall of 1943 during WWII. Eddie Schaffer age 33 and his two children, 12-year-old Esther and 9-year-old Peter live in a small apartment upstairs from their landlord, Jacob Mendel. A year prior, Eddie’s wife Rachel was killed together with his landlord’s wife, Miriam. Eddie is having difficulty coping with Rachel’s death and decides to enlist in the army throwing the entire family for a loop. The children had already lost their mother and feared losing ...more
Margaret Metz
What I love about Lynn Austin is that she makes history come alive in her books. I haven't always been the biggest fan of books set in this era -- simply because there was so much devastation and heartbreak - so much evil that I have a hard time reading them. This book manages to deal with the issues from perspectives that most of the books I've read haven't before. It's deep, thoughtful, complex, and - in many ways - beautiful.

My first love in books is characters and these are some of the riche
I am really enjoying this book. I love the kind of person that Penny is. I enjoy the way she thinks and the innocence of how she is. She wants to make people happy and she has desire. And these two traits play a huge part of her life in this story. I love how we get to listen in on her thoughts on all the different things that are going on in her life, this always gets me. It's one thing to see people react, but it's totally huge to hear th thoughts behind their actions. I feel that this is the ...more
Sarah Sundin
A beautifully told World War II Home Front story with interesting characters. I appreciated the truthful and sensitive acknowledgement of anti-Semitism in wartime America.
I just finished this book in the Walmart parking lot after dropping my kids off for school, that's how much I couldn't put it down. This book was good in so many ways. Touching, sad, hopeful, tender, and enlightening. One of the most thought-provoking books I've ever read, but without being overly complicated itself. I found myself pausing in between reads to think about what I just read. Having read a few other WWII era books, I appreciated how the author wove the Jewish and Christian perspecti ...more
SUMMARY: 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 h ...more
Shari Larsen
This novel is a well done blend of storytelling and history. The story is set in an apartment building in Brooklyn during World War 2.
Three very different people end up with their lives intertwined: 12 year old Esther, who just lost her mother a year before, is unhappy with her father leaving to enlist in the Army; 24 year old Penny who grew up next door to Esther's father Eddie, and has always had a crush on him, she volunteers to take care of Esther and her 9 year old brother Peter, hoping tha
I love Lynn Austin's writings, she knows how to bring historical fiction to life. I always love her characters and the time periods that are brought alive, but this one struck me as odd. The "main character" is Penny, but I don't like her. I thought, "Really? Why such an unlikeable character? I really want to like this book but not with this character!" I did stick with the book and it soon became evident that the real story was about Penny's transformation throughout the story. It turns out tha ...more
Rachel Thompson
I downloaded this book for free for my Sony reader. I marked down that this is a christian romance, but that's a tentative genre listing given that it also focuses heavily on Judaism and there isn't much romance in the book.

Penny has been in love with her next door neighbor's son, Eddie, forever, so when he announces that he's enlisted to help in the war effort, she volunteers to watch his two kids while he's gone. His mother is too old and unwilling to bend to provide Esther and Peter with a st
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This is a unique story that hits upon so many different issues. At times while reading, I would think there is SO much going on in the story...why am I not lost? I was never once lost and it's because the author brilliantly relates only what we need to know. There is very little blabber in this book...that is a rarity. Every part of it was important to the different parts of the story.
This book raises so many important topics. It takes place in Manhatten during WWII, so it touches on how the war
Alice Bola
There is a lot I want to say about this novel. First is if I had know it was faith-infused historical fiction, I wouldn't have read it. I downloaded this novel for two reasons: it was a Kindle freebie and it's set during World War II. When I started reading it, I didn't know the story would unfold the way it did. The next thing I want to say is good thing I didn't know what I was getting into because this was one of the best novels I read this year.

The novel begins when Eddie, widower and father
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I really didn't know what to expect when I checked out this book. The author Lynn Austin had been recommended to me by a friend and when I saw this book highlighted on our local library's homepage I thought I would try it. It is a story set in the middle of WWII from the perspective of a woman in New York who has agreed to watch the children of a man who is a widower while he goes off to war. She has known this man most of her life and been in love with him just as long though he is not aware of ...more
This is the first book by Lynn Austin that I have read. I truly enjoyed the storyline and I could identify with Penny quite a bit, having been raised by a mother and grandmother who were very much like Penny's parents (except for the anti-Semitism). I would have given the book five stars, but I believe the author did not do a very good job at wrapping up the different characters' stories after the war ended.
Naomi Bennet
This is not Lynn Austin's best book, in my opinion, and the bit's about Mr Mendel and his lost son... well, I have to be honest, I skimmed most of those parts. But yet... it's a five-star book, because to be plain - it's so good. Peggy Goodrich is one of my favourite characters ever - and I ADORE Roy. Roy is great. I'm so glad he and Peggy went smooch instead of Peggy and Eddie (they just weren't good together, in my opinion.)

A lovely war-book with little bits of everything in it. Enjoyed it tho
joy *the clean-reader extraordinaire*
*3.5 stars* but marked down because i was able to put it down 90% through and had no compelling urge to finish it for several days!

the ww2 home-front setting
the heroine's gradual, and believable, journey towards confidence in herself -- despite how frustrated i sometimes got with her mousy-ness
the fascinating view of jewish-christian relations in the US during the holocaust
the emphasis on common ground between jewish and christian beliefs, which is unfortunately rare in christian fiction
Barbara L. East
Good but not exceptional

Would I read it again? Probably. It was good historical reading that was accurate in the portrayal of prejudices of the time.

Donna Kemper
I loved the characters! This intimate portrayal of life in Brooklyn during WWII showed spiritual and mental battle of people left waiting. I finished it in two days.
This book had many lovely tidbits of wisdom threaded throughout. I loved the characters, even the ones who require a little more effort to like. I'd love to read a sequel to see how the characters' lives evolved after the end of War II.
Excellent reading. I will read more from this author. Set during World War II. This young girl falls in love with a widower who has two children. When he decides he needs to join the war effort, she offers to take care of his children while he is away, in hopes that he will fall in love with her when he returns. I thought this was going to be a love story but it is all about a naive girl who rapidly grows up as she instantly becomes a mother of two children who do not want her as a mother and is ...more
I really enjoyed this book it was so hard to put down. What I love is the way the author told each ones story yet they all entertwined. Penny Goodrich, a hopeful yet naive young woman, Esther Shaffer a young girl who has faced tragedy already, Peter Shaffer a little boy who has lost his voice (literally speaking), and Jacob Mendel, a lonely Jewish man. Added to these intriguing characters is the backdrop of World War II; the war is a character in itself, really. With all of this, Lynn Austin cra ...more
A pleasant story about how a community in Brooklyn deals with World War II. I really enjoyed the characters' story and seeing how the war affected so many people differently.
It's a well-written, emotionally complex portrait of Brooklyn during WWII. Austin weaves the stories and perspectives of a nervous young woman, a Jewish man whose daughter is still in Europe, and two children into a graceful tapestry. Had it not been for one element, I would have loved this book; on the reread, I have to mark it as a complete and total fail.


Because that nervous young woman comes from a home where her parents abuse her daily.

They never hit her; instead, they bash her with
Barb Klein
“While We’re Far Apart” by Lynn Austin is a really good book. I enjoyed if from the first chapter. My favorite books are those set in the 1940’s, so this is one that I looked forward to reading.

The novel is set in Brooklyn in 1943 during the war. Esther and Peter are visiting their father’s mother and discover during their visit that their father Eddie has enlisted. Who is going to care for his children? He has asked his mother to do so, but she doesn’t want the responsibility and really is not
Stories set in WWII are especially emotional. Tinged with the sorrow of separation, invariably death and misery follow. When there are Jews involved it becomes even more complicated. You see how the actions of a single man effected millions of lives. You also see how people (some of them) did nothing to stop the carnage and others in a small but myriad ways helped individual people and in this way, nations survived.

We have two distinct families - one a Christian family. Recently having lost thei
Dec 07, 2011 Alice rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like historical novels
Recommended to Alice by: found on Amazon
This was a free Kindle book we downloaded just before a trip because it had good reviews. They were right! As it turned out, the son of one of the main characters was in Hungary during WWII and we visited there during our trip. My husband was reading the book at the time and it gave even more life to what he was reading and the visit we made to the Dohány Street Synagogue in Budapest. We enjoyed this book about the struggles of 4 intertwined families in Brooklyn during WWII.
I love stories that take place in this era of the second World War and it's refreshing to find a story from a perspective that we don't see as much. This took the perspective not of soldiers fighting, battles waged or the prison camps but of a girl and her brother. They are left to be taken care of by a women who is practically a stranger while their father goes off to fight and the friendship they develop with they Jewish man that lives downstairs.
At the beginning I thought Penny, their "babys
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For many years, Lynn Austin nurtured a desire to write but frequent travels and the demands of her growing family postponed her career. When her husband's work took Lynn to Bogota, Colombia, for two years, she used the B.A. she'd earned at Southern Connecticut State University to become a teacher. After returning to the U.S., the Austins moved to Anderson, Indiana, Thunder Bay, Ontario, and later ...more
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