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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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LeeAnn
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
Louise
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
Simon
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
Grant
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
Loraine
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...more
Janna
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...more
Kim
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...more
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...more
Emily
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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...more
Annalisa
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
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!

LIKES:
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...more
Vicki
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
Angela
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
Alice
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.
Jamaie
I was reading that there was a great overlapping of characters in this book. I didn't find that at all. I was not lost by the amount of characters. I felt the book was very well paced. It was such a great story(stories). I didn't expect what happened in one of the stories. I completely recommend this book. This book was recommended to me by a friend and I'm so glad I read it. Excellent!
Sarah
This book was my first Lynn Austin book. I choose to read it because of it was a Book of the Month. I really enjoyed this book. It definitely had it's sad parts, since it's setting is WWII. It was horrific what Hitler did to the Jews. That part of the book was very heart wrenching. But the story had a good theme of hope & God's redemption. I loved how Ms. Austin brings out how God is working behind the scene, even when we can't see it.

Penny started out being very afraid to go against her pa...more
Mary
I was so gripped with this story that I have just sat here all day so that I could finish it.
All of the characters were changing as I was reading and the story came to its conclusion.
Its a story of WW2 and how it affects the lives of several families living in America.
A wonderful read. I shall look for more from this author.
Alleen
I absolutely loved this book! Its a touching story about 3 different households and their experiences during WWII. They all are in different situations but find great love and friendship with each other. I found myself crying in the end. I highly recommend this book.
Anna
The writing in this story was decent, though I felt the characters were lacking in depth. The dialogue in some parts seemed pretty canned and borderline cheesy. The characters were pretty likebale nonetheless.I really enjoyed the setting, it seemed pretty accurate historically.
Brenda
A great tale of a sheltered woman who has lived with her parents all of her life, and she is in love with the neighbors son. He loses his wife and joins the service, WWII without regard for who will take care of his children. His Mother isn't able and she won't. Penny sees her chance and jumps in to volunteer having no idea of what she'll be putting herself into with the children, whom she's never been around. The author weaves a great tale rich in details and it's compelling in the writing you...more
Deborah
I am getting more picky when it comes to novels. My standards continue to require...clean and uplifting books...I am a fan of Lynn Austin. I was hoping this newer novel would be as enjoyable as those I have read in the past...I am happy to claim that "While We're Far Apart" was very ENJOYABLE. I love "historical fiction"...! The information I had gleaned from this novel was additional information I did not know regarding World War II. LOVED IT! I was UPLIFTED in the "counsel" that is woven throu...more
Michelle Silvestri-Oetinger
I really enjoyed this book. It held my interest throughout the book. Very interesting charactors, History and fiction blended very well.I would definately read more from this Author!
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.
Rosina Ortwein
Good insight of WWII times on the east coast. Really enjoyed reading about the Jewish community.
Brooke
I really, really liked this book! It was predictable but still a great story.
Angela
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Mrs. Doglvrs
Penny leads a sheltered life, and is "madly in love" with the boy next door, Eddie. Eddie gets married, has two children and his wife is suddenly killed... and still Penny loves him, hoping to replace his wife some day. Eddie signs up to fight in WWII, and needs someone to care for his children... Penny eagerly volunteers - not knowing what she might be getting herself into, but hoping it will eventually end with a marriage proposal from Eddie.

Penny learns so much about life, herself and the peo...more
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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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