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A Tender Victory by Taylor Caldwell
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Jul 10, 14

bookshelves: very-good, holocaust, world-war-ii, courage
Recommended for: Want a good story with lots of courage, read this one!
Read in January, 1990, read count: Many

Why is this wonderful book not read more often?
A Protestant Minister adopts a group of five orphans,after going through miles of red tape in the aftermath of the Second World War. Jean, Max, Pietro, Kathy and Emily have faced the ravages of the Second World War, orphans from different parts of Europe banded together scavenging food living like wild animals in an old abandoned house.
The Pastor rescues them from a mob ready to lynch them.
In America, where he thinks there will be more tolerance, things are not much better, there is intolerance everywhere, the group of orphans survives with the help of the Doctor and the Housekeeper and so many others, ordinary people living in little towns going about their daily lives but with great big warm hearts ready to love a group of strange children
The book is filled with tremendous love, laughter, sadness, compassion, all tiny things which make life interesting and worth living. Christmas, planting trees in their first garden, new clothes and new shoes.The Doctor's and the Housekeeper's battles are like warm bread straight from the oven.
The orphans battle to live life once again, forgetting their terrible past and the families they once had. Not once do these orphans look back to a time when they all had families. Do they remember those times, we never know, but they forge ahead.
Such bravery and determination !
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