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Mrs. Tuesday's Departure

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  1,039 ratings  ·  202 reviews
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 saga soars to a breathtaking ending that redefines the meaning of love.
When Natalie and Anna, sisters and life-long rivals, hide an abandoned child from the Nazis, their struggle re-opens a star-
Paperback, 368 pages
Published February 7th 2012 by Henry and George Press (first published 2011)
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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'
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
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.
Linda Marie Marsh
I'm torn.
I did like the book, but could it have been pulled together better?YES.
Did it grab your attention in parts and have you hold your breath? YES.
Was it just a wee bit disjointed tho? YES.

The book is about a family- authors who are twin sisters and their niece,living in Budapest towards the end of WW2. The niece Mila is part Jewish so they walk a tightrope to maintain her safety. If the author had stuck with that premise i feel like it would have been a 5* read. Instead Anderson added a s
Linda Branich
I would have rated this book 4 stars if things had been developed a bit more. I felt that much of the book was unfinished or missing, like someone had ripped out a page or two here and there. I still liked it though and don't want to discourage anyone from reading it.

Anna and Natalie are adult twin sisters in German- occupied Hungary during WWII. Sharing their apartment are another sister, her husband, and their teen-aged daughter Mila. Mila's selfish and self-centered parents suggest that it is
Una Tiers
This was a sad story written gently.
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.
Diane Kalliantas
A captivating story of life in Nazi occupied Hungary during the latter days of WWII and the power of faith in God.

Mrs. Tuesday's Departure is a gem of a story. The author easily draws you into a story of a young girl who was forced to leave her native Hungary and come to America in order to survive. The author deftly leads the reader through the full gamut of emotions that young Mila and her Aunt Natalie endure as the Nazis arrive in Budapest, Hungary and their world is torn apart. The main them
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
Joy Wilson
Heart breaking and beautiful simultaneously

This is a book about Natalie, her sister Anna, and Mila. It is also a story of faith, love, courage, and hope set at the end of World War 2 in Hungary. How we behave when life goes unbearably wrong shows who we truly are. Natalie is a strong and kind woman whose love for her family is unbreakable. I enjoyed the way the author built tension, but I do wish the story had been a bit longer at resolution. It ended appropriately, and yet for me who felt emoti
Chaplain Stanleigh Chapin
An inspirational story

An inspirational story

I am a believer and have my faith in God, but it was a story that makes you wonder if you have as much as Natalie
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
An interesting and moving novel of life in Hungary towards the end of WWII, and one woman's journey.
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
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.

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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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