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Mrs. Tuesday's Departure

3.34 of 5 stars 3.34  ·  rating details  ·  628 ratings  ·  168 reviews
"A study in character development, Mrs. Tuesday's Departure is a mezmerizing historical fiction for WWII readers. Highly recommended!" ~ The Kindle Book Review
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...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Henry and George Press (first published January 28th 2012)
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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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Dakota Balmore
Jan 14, 2011 Dakota Balmore rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All Historical Fiction Fans
Recommended to Dakota by: The Author
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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'...more
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...more
Donna Mentink
I love historical fiction. And I love books that don't always give a happy-ever-after. Good characters, good pace, thumbs up.
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.
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.
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.
Susan Toy
I very much enjoyed this book, because it was so well written. The story was different from others I've read that are set during WWII, the characters were believable, and the storyline itself was unusual, but this worked for me. My only complaint is that the book needed another copy edit. Too many times incorrect spelling, word and punctuation use, and even poor grammar in a couple of places marred the reading for me, especially as the author is obviously a skilled writer. Just one more pass-thr...more
I downloaded Mrs. Tuesday's Departure by Suzanne Elizabeth Anderson from It's a story of identical twins Anna and Natalie and their neice, Mila's experience living in Germany as the Nazi's invaded their town. Both women were well educated and had at one time loved Deszo when they were attending the university. Both Natalie and Anna wrote poetry. Natalie also wrote children's stories based on Mila's life. Natalie's goal was to stay together and to help Mila escape the Nazis becau...more
This was by far one of the best books I've read this year. Excellent WWII historical fiction.
Heather Smith
I liked it...until the end.
Michele bookloverforever
interesting, bittersweet.
I had high hopes for this book. When it was chosen for my book club's book for the month I thought great!
Well the story for me was often disjointed and at times quite fractuted in the plot.I thought post reading on reflection this could have been from
The Translation
Pieces of Anna/Natalie's story gathered from eyewitnesses-fellow camp prisoners
The journal style from Natalie herself.

Three sisters each with their own demons,youngest desperate for someone to love and notice her so much it would ove...more
Katie Wilson
Described as a heart-wrenching historical drama, this book was a huge let down. Although, I couldn’t be too disappointed as the book was free on my Kindle. The story is interesting enough, telling the tale of three different sisters as they attempt to get out of Hungary and escape from the Nazis, but the execution of it was lackluster. The book tried to focus on purely character development, and even with this the author fell short. The characters are incredibly one-dimensional and there is no c...more
With the Nazis arriving in Budapest, Ilona and her husband Mila, a Jew, take the last two tickets for the train out of Budapest for themselves, leaving their daughter Mila, and Ilona’s sisters, Natalie and Anna who are identical twins, to fend for themselves. Natalie is a renowned children’s book author and Anna a former professor at the college and poet, who is slowly losing her mind with paranoid delusions that put them in danger.

Suzanne’s novel, Mrs. Tuesday’s Departure, is written in the fir...more
I was very excited to receive an email from author Suzanne Anderson asking me to review this book! I have always been a fan of WWII fiction, although I've gotten away from reading it the past few years.

This novel is fairly short, but bittersweet. It tells a little bit different side of WWII than most novels I've read. This novel is set in Budapest, Hungry near the very end of the war. The Germans seem to know that they are doomed at this point.

This is the story of an unconventional family - two...more
This book wasn't as good as I'd hoped for. The main story is set in WWII German occupied Hungary, towards the end of the war. Identical twin sisters who are Catholic have a 12 y.o. niece whose mother and stepfather abandoned her. The stepfather is Jewish which is enough for the Germans to consider the girl Jewish. Anna, one of the twins, is a well known poet and university professor who has dementia. Natalie, the other sister, is a well known author of children's stories. She is very attached to...more
The story begins in Hungary near the end of World War II. Hungary and Germany had made an agreement that kept the war away from the country. As the Allies and Russia were advancing, Germany’s position was more weakening and there were rumors that Hungary was going to work with the Allies. Hitler ordered the invasion of Hungary.
Nana, a widow, was living with her twin sister Anna, her younger sister Ilana, Ilana’s husband Bela, and their daughter Mila. While the family was Catholic, Mila’s fathe...more
Ravina Andrea Kurian
This novel revolves around twin sisters Natalie and Anna; their younger sister, Ilona and her daughter Mila. Mila is half-Jew and as the Germans invade Budapest, getting her to safety becomes easier said than done. Each character experiences a variety of emotions and in the well-crafted words of Suzanne Anderson, the reader follows their journey.

You feel their fear and you want them to be safe, but one cannot bypass the terror that they each feel. They have already experienced loss when Max, Ilo...more
Stephanie Schneider
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...more
Elizabeth Mundie
This review is of the revised edition, which I read on Kindle. As my four star rating indicates, I really liked this and do recommend it to others.

The story is set in Budapest near the end of WWII. The Nazis are taking over the city. They realize, however, that they will almost certainly be defeated soon, and they are in their final fury. Despite a foreseeable end to their power, the Nazis still manage to strike terror and create suffering and destruction. The main character tries to save her lo...more
Sara Kovach
Mrs. Tuesday's Departure is a story that really tugs at the ole heart-strings. Natalie, our protagonist, has to make some very tough decisions.

Natalie used to live a quiet, comfortable life with her husband, but since his death, her family has moved in with her, and she is drawn into their issues. Her twin sister Anna, who was a poet, has had an emotional breakdown, possibly Alzheimers, and needs constant looking after. Her younger sister, who has married a Jewish man, has moved her family (hus...more
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I was born in Fort Lauderdale, attended the University of Michigan on an athletic scholarship for swimming and then worked on Wall Street. I left the bright lights of the big city fifteen years ago and traveled the world. I now live in the mountains of Colorado, where I pursue my dream of writing novels.
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