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For Such a Time

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In 1944, blonde and blue-eyed Jewess Hadassah Benjamin feels abandoned by God when she is saved from a firing squad only to be handed over to a new enemy. Pressed into service by SS-Kommandant Colonel Aric von Schmidt at the transit camp of Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia, she is able to hide behind the false identity of Stella Muller. However, in order to survive and mai ...more
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Published April 1st 2014 by Bethany House Publishers (first published March 25th 2014)
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Jul 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nope
What the actual fuck, y'all. Captain America didn't fall into the ice for this bullshit. ...more
Katherine Locke
Aug 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
Okay. A Nazi romance is not okay. It's offensive, dangerous, contributes to Holocaust denial, and this is the WORST. This is the WORST, okay? I don't really understand how this was published. At all. No one said, "This is really not okay?" Seriously?

Nazis killed more people than you can imagine. Than you have ever seen standing in one place. They killed more people than live in New York City. And they were not alone. They did not appear out of nowhere. Anti-semitism in Europe had been RAMPANT.
Petra X thanks everyone for their good wishes xxx
Update I am quite pleased to say that the book didn't sell in quite the quantities the author and her vociferous fan club did their best to ensure and is now remaindered and on sale dirt cheap. :-D

According to some author, the people (me included) who have one-starred this book are 'vengeful haters' of Kate Breslin and part of a 'smear campaign'. The author seems to think that we should all continue that successful freebie/5 star review campaign of hers and not write our true thoughts about
Jan 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no decent human being, extremist christian devils, horrible people, antisemites, nazis
It takes a certain, truly despicable, type of person to write a romance between a Jew and a Nazi. Kate Breslin is such a person; she wrote the book For Such A Time. I, unfortunately, only read the first part of the back cover, the part about "Aryan-looking Jew ends up secretary to Nazi and is forced to stand by as her own people are sent to Auschwitz." I thought, that sounds interesting and checked it out. Oh, boy, I sure should have read that middle part. I did not, going into this, know that i ...more
Julio Genao
Aug 17, 2015 marked it as no
so much NOPE up in here you can't even go seven words into the blurb without tripping over a 'jewess.'


like as if gendering nouns is so modern and exciting, still?

i was preoccupied when the outrage over this book (and the humiliating cultural oblivion of the RWA that fostered it) broke.

while i was busy mooning over some stupid boy, the scandal came to such a rollicking boil it spilt over my entire social media spectrum and did not simmer down for me until i started muting hashtags and discreetly
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
For Such A Time was the very last book I read before giving birth to my firstborn at the end of March... so I apologize that my review is a little late... and that my blog looks as though it's been abandoned.

Kate Breslin wasn't anyone I'd ever heard of before, but once I saw her book cover advertised and read the description of the novel, I knew I needed to read it. It's a story set in the time of WWII based on the story of Esther in the Bible. And believe it or not, the hero is actually a Nazi
Aug 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: nope
Struggling to understand how a novel that features a Jewish woman in a concentration camp falling in love with a Nazi commander is getting so many accolades. Maybe it's well-written--I'll never find out--but this very concept is so offensive it's unbelievable. The fact that so many people--the author, the publisher, readers, RWA judges--found this acceptable baffles me. ...more
Aug 06, 2015 rated it did not like it
A romance between a Nazi and a Jew, where the Jew ends up converting to Christianity at the end. What the fuck.

This Jewish woman will NOT be reading this book.
Jul 24, 2015 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
I thought using the story of Esther would make a moving read in a Holocaust setting. However, the relationship between Aric and Stella/Hadassah was highly disturbing and incredibly unrealistic.

I don't have a problem with the idea of a Jew and Nazi having a love story if it is done well. After all, it is ignorant to believe all members of the Nazi party hated and murdered Jews; there are many true stories of resistance within members of the party. What bothered me was how ridiculous this specifi
Aug 07, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: just-no
This is not about -censorship-
This is about a "book's subject matter to be so tasteless and offensive that it should not be considered suitable to win Romance's top award. RWA"*

I couldn't agree more with this post

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Regina Jennings
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When Stella is unexpectedly snatched from a concentration camp she fears the worst. Why would a SS Kommandant move her to his private residence? There’s no answer that she can live with. Aric von Schmidt, a decorated soldier, knows how to set his opinions and emotions aside for the glory of the Fatherland. He doesn’t enjoy the brutality that takes place in his camp, but people die. That’s what war is about. He’ll follow orders as long as he and his household are safe.

If you’re familiar with the
Roseanna White
Aug 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If the beautiful story of Esther had taken place during WWII instead of the days of Persia, it may have looked like this.

Breslin tells a tale of a young Jewish woman singled out of a concentration camp when her inner strength and promise of beauty captures the attention of a Nazi officer. He whisks her out of that life of hardship and employs her as his secretary, intrigued and attracted...and knowing well that she considers him the enemy. That she will never forgive it when she learns the role
Aug 05, 2015 rated it did not like it

How can a premise like this for a book be okay? And to be nominated for an award? NO. Unbelievable.
I am an inspie reader. I read it and I'm keeping it on my WTF-UGH-BLAH-ICK-STFU shelf.


After three close reads and a bit of research, I believe this book fails its intended audience and its sub-genre of religious fiction.

Whether we call label it “Christian fiction” or “inspirational fiction,” whether it’s marketed as an “allegory” or a “retelling” or a “reframing” or even a mere “inspired by,” this book is a full-on hot mess of plug-n-play Bible verses presented with all the
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was ok
Ooh, brother.

So I picked this one up thinking it was a straightforward historical. And the concept really intrigued me. Esther's story has always been my favourite and I could see how applying that conceit to WWII could be interesting IF treated really delicately and thoughtfully, so heck, why not? But enough about the book's treatment of the Jewish and Christian faiths made me so uncomfortable by a third of the way into the book that I had to stop and look it up and, woop, there it is. Christi
Aug 12, 2015 added it
Shelves: no-thanks
Apart from the wildly, sickeningly offensive theme of this novel, just looking at the names of the main characters is extremely off-putting to me, and makes me wonder how much research the author can possibly have done. 'Stella Muller'? No, the name is Müller in German. Umlauts matter; you can't just leave them off. It's like missing out a letter and calling your heroine Stella Smth. 'Muller' may be how people of German origin in other countries who use languages without umlauts spell it, but it ...more
Jenny Q
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
For Such a Time is an impressive debut. As soon as I saw the premise, I wanted to read it. I was drawn to the idea of a Jewish woman and a Nazi officer in love and wondered if the author would be able to pull off such an unlikely pairing believably. The answer is yes! The story begins with a young Jewish woman, Hadassah--or Stella, as she is officially known thanks to the false papers she carries confirming she is Aryan--being rescued from death by firing squad in Dachau by a Nazi officer. Colon ...more
Aug 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Possibly my best discovery yet this year in a debut historical novel, “For Such a Time” is a moving work of fiction.

There is a romantic tension in this book that is so tightly woven throughout the story that I held my breath and only the pounding of my heart reminded me I was alive and reading. Stella is a captivating character coming into her own—a Jew living under the roof of a Nazi and he has no clue about her heritage.

The story strongly mirrors that of the Biblical story of Esther and I love
Aug 11, 2015 marked it as winter-in-pandemonium
I won't rate this book, because I didn't read it, and never will, but I'm offended that a publisher thought it wise to publish a book in which a Nazi Kommandant is depicted as some kind of hero, and that a Jewish woman supposedly falls in love with this murderer of innocent men, women, and children, whose only "crime" it was to be Jewish in Hitler Germany. I'm outraged that the marketing campaign they chose to employ uses real images from Nazi concentration camps in which millions of Jewish peop ...more
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015, clean
Thank you to my bookclub friend who picked this book for the month's read. It was fabulous. After being in a reading slump for so long this helped me get back out. It was completely un-put-down-able.

However I am one of those people who love stories such as this, depressing, but there is something beneath it all that fascinates me. The deep brain wash and propaganda of Hitler and how it all transpired, the depth of soul in the lives of people in the camps, the truth behind such a tragic part of h
MrsJoseph *grouchy*
I am disgusted and dismayed and horrified. I hope and pray that the Jewish members of my family never ever ever run across this book.

And since the fuck when has fucking PICTURES OF PEOPLE BEING SENT TO THEIR DEATHS been considered romantic???!? How can you look at that cover and not want to throw up???

ETA: The yellow in this cover is part of the Star of David pictured as forced on the Jewish people by the Nazis.

The photo below the yellow is an actual photo of Jewish people being sent to Auschwit
For the same reason Schadenfreude is equally utterly despicable.

And two commentaries that I can undersign, applying to this whole nazisploitation romance and erotica writing, which doesn't end with "Schadenfreude" or "For Such A Time".

I'm absolutely sick of this. What a fucking idiocy of RWA.

They say it better:

Outside of the fact that the book itself is distasteful, obscene and quite frankly, DANGEROUS, I can't believe that Kate Breslin is SO tone deaf, she uses a picture of Auschwitz to promote her book.

What in the hell, Breslin? I just can't with people sometimes.
What can I say? It's heart-wrenching, it's emotional, and extremely deep. It holds your attention. It makes you want to ignore the rest of the world, but also wish that there was never such an awful history in the past. As a believer, it brings forth the beauty of the book of Esther and carries you through to the end.

Yet, in some ways it fell short. Aric was a deep character, but I never was drawn to him. Sometimes I didn't understand Stella's love for him. But every time I wondered "how in the
Aug 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
The subject is offensive. It's conversion porn. You lost me at Nazi.
Added 8/9/15: To the author who called the critics of this book "vengeful haters"
Jan 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
I should start by saying that I read Christian Fiction with a different eye than I do other forms of fiction. Whether this be right or wrong, I feel that Christian Fiction has a different aim and, because of that, I need to look at it with that aim in mind. Because of this, I can overlook some things that would really, really bug my in other genres. Still, the fact that this is Christian Fiction does not give it a free pass.

The idea of re-telling the story of Esther and setting it during the Hol
Feb 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Two of my favorite things came together with this novel - debut and WWII Fiction.

For Such a Time is a modern day retelling of Esther. One of the things I loved the most was how the author started each chapter with a verse from Esther that related to the story.

Hadassah was also known as Stella in the story. She is a brave lady and very likable heroine.

I recommend this novel for those who enjoy historical Fiction.
Andrea Cox
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
by Andrea Renee Cox

World War II stories always punch me in the gut. For Such a Time was no different there. The heart for children that was on display was quite beautiful.

There were plenty of things to disappoint me in this book, though. The lead male took advantage of his position to coerce kisses from the leading lady, which made him no better than the antagonists to me. I couldn't root for him because of this, and it also made the entire romance feel forced and awkward. The details of the rom
SUMMARY: Powerful Retelling of the Story of Esther

In 1944, blonde and blue-eyed Jewess Hadassah Benjamin feels abandoned by God when she is saved from a firing squad only to be handed over to a new enemy. Pressed into service by SS-Kommandant Colonel Aric von Schmidt at the transit camp of Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia, she is able to hide behind the false identity of Stella Muller. However, in order to survive and maintain her cover as Aric's secretary, she is forced to stand by as her own p
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Former bookseller-turned-author Kate Breslin enjoys life in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and family. A writer of travel articles and award-winning poetry, Kate received Christian Retailing's 2015 Best Award for First Time Author and her first novel, For Such A Time, won American Christian Fiction Writers 2015 Carol Award. Kate's latest novel, Far Side of the Sea, released in March, 2019. ...more

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