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A Daring Escape

(The London Chronicles #2)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  210 ratings  ·  60 reviews
When Danger Closes In, Who Will Save the Children?

At the height of World War II, American Amity Mitchell is living a comfortable life abroad as a tutor in England. But that changes when an urgent telegram arrives from her brother, Andrew, summoning her to Prague. Andrew's efforts to help Jewish children escape Czechoslovakia have grown desperate as Nazi forces tighten thei
Paperback, 304 pages
Published January 1st 2018 by Harvest House Publishers
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Wow! Excellent WW2 story, set in England and Czechoslovakia in 1938-1939. The main characters, instead of being soldiers, doctors, nurses, and so on—as you might find in the average WW2 novel—are a governess, a writer, and a freshly bereaved Jewish widow and mother of two. The combination is excellent and unique, and the suspense is real as the Nazis march closer to Prague and Amity and her friends risk everything to rescue as many Jewish children as possible. Pavla, the mother, risks her life t ...more
Julie Zimmett
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A Daring Escape is one of the most well written novels I have read about the Holocaust and WWII in quite a while. I truly could NOT put it down and read late into the night to finish. Tricia Goyer writes a compelling account of the characters involvement in the kinder transports of Jewish children headed out of Europe and away from Hitler's evil clutches. She sets a very real fictional story against the tragic backdrop of the Holocaust. The characters, Amity, Andrew, Clark, Pavla, Celia, Emil, e ...more
Kelly Bridgewater
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

A Daring Escape by Tricia Goyer is an interesting twist on a World War II story. I have read many World War II stories, and I have loved many of them. Lately many of the stories feature the effects of Hitler on different countries. Goyer picked Czechoslovakia. With a historical romance, I expect to be transported to a different time in history and see a budding romance. With A Daring Escape, I did learn more about the transporting of children out of Czechoslovakia, but the romance wasn
WWII intrigue as the author reveals the monumental efforts involved in child emigration from Prague to Britain. The vast number of children is overwhelming added to accessing documentation for each child , language barriers and canvassing foreign adoptive homes. Crowded accommodations, limited resources for food, and the bravery of each mother's sacrifice to enable a hoped for safe future offers a compelling read.
Karen R
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fans of World War 2 stories will want to snap this one up! Set mainly in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1938, the pressure builds as Hitler's Third Reich grows, engulfing more of Europe. A young American woman desperately tries to arrange transport for the Jewish refugees trapped there, at the risk of her own life.

The plot premise and history of the story were intriguing; it had me imagining the terrible circumstances and decisions that came with them. To give a child a chance to survive the onslaug
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
World War II has always fascinated me. My Uncle Pax (which means "Peace" in Latin) was killed in World War II. He was only nineteen and I think I have a deep desire to know some of what he experienced. It is such a horrific war and time with Hitler killing and hurting so many innocent people. I just can't wrap my head around the evil perpetrated by Hitler and his followers. It is unthinkable.
This story tells the story of Amity helping to save Jewish children and a few parents along the way. Sh
Denise Hershberger
Dec 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have to admit I was a little nervous going into this book because I really didn't care for the first book in the series. But I have liked her other books so I went into it with an open mind and was pleasantly surprised to find it more like her previous books I'd liked.

I am always thrilled with books with strong female leads - so it wasn't hard to love Ami. Her bravery and tenacity were welcome personality traits during a time in history when they were so desperately needed.

I have to admit I wa
B.G. O’Brien
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
The pacing was great, and the characters were very well written. As a lover of historical fiction, I assumed the fact that I would like this book; especially after reading "A Secret Courage" another great novel by Tricia Goyer...and I wasn't mistaken. This book was fantastic!
"A Daring Escape" was a pager turner and left me wishing for more time when I had to put it down for the night.
If you enjoy fiction set in WWII I definitely recommend this for you!

Dec 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tricia Goyer did an amazing work, incorporating four main characters to make one amazing story! I learned so much about kindertransports, struggles during World War II, and how God used different people to make a difference in the midst of hard times.

From her role as a tutor to caring for Jewish children, Amity's life was one of love and sacrifice for others. She was a true servant of God and through her story, you could see her love for God and dependence on Him, even when it was going to be a
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
"A Daring Escape" is a Christian historical set in England and Czechoslovakia from Dec. 12, 1938 to April 13, 1939. This is the second book in the series, but it has different main characters than those in the first book.

Amity's brother asks her to organize the efforts to register Jewish children in Czechoslovakia for kindertransports while he helps find sponsors for them in England. She feels God has called her to this potentially dangerous job. She works to save the children until after the Na
Feb 06, 2018 marked it as to-read
This author knows how to write historical fiction with faith layered into it. I couldn't put this beautiful book down, it was like time stood still and I was transported to the past. I highly recommend this book to historical fiction fans and christian fiction fans.
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With every book I read that is set in the background of or is about WW2 and the people caught up in it, I learn more about the horrid war and the people caught in the clutches of Hitler.
But I also get to read about people who became heroes when the occasion most demanded, who did all they could to save other human beings, even if it meant risking their own lives!
This is one such story, set in Czechoslovakia during WW2. In 1938, Hitler's forces had occupied large parts of Czechoslovakia and start
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
American Amity Mitchell is employed as a private tutor in England when her half brother Andrew, a British citizen working for the British Home Office requests her presence in Czechoslovakia. Amity believes this will be be a short trip to help her brother register Jewish families seeking safe transport to England for their children and leaves for Europe over the Christmas holiday. After arriving in Prague, the young American sees for herself the destructive results of the November 9th, 1938 Kris ...more
Kelly Tyree
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I cannot say enough good things about A Daring Escape. The book is so well written and the characters are so well defined that you are immediately caught up in the book and it holds your interest right up until the very satisfying ending.

Amity Mitchell is working as a tutor for a wonderful family in England. She has a brother who is working in Czechoslovakia and he asks that she come and help him. Amity arrives and soon realizes the great need for the Jewish children. They are in danger and the
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found all of my senses fully engaged in this story right from the very first lines. Tricia Goyer weaves a story that will keep you turning pages and staying up late just to see what will happen next. I didn’t want to look away or put the book down for even a moment.

Amity is a heroine that faces her fears by putting her trust in God and walking in faith. She admits that she is afraid, and she presses on knowing that God will be with her. Even when it would have been safer and easier to return t
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am a fan of Tricia Goyer, I’m not going to lie but this book was awesome. The imagery, the flow of the words and so many other things that had me on the edge of my seat waiting for what happened next. I knew a happy ending was in the works yet the book wasn’t predictable. There were a couple slight of hands that I saw through yet I was still surprised by the truth.
I was disappointed that Amity’s brother didn’t have a greater presence in the book even though it played well. I loved Amity’s stre
Jessie Young
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Astounding! I loved this book. It was a sit on the edge of your seat, biting your finger nails, nerve wracking book. I love that this book is so different from a lot of other ww2 books. Based in Czechoslovakia, it wasn’t centered around a concentration camp but instead around kindertransport. I could feel a little of the fear of the children and mothers who were trying to protect them. I feel like I learned a great deal through reading this book; not only about ww2 but about Czechoslovakia and t ...more
Jan 26, 2018 rated it liked it

"So many lists. . .. .some for life, some for death."

When private tutor Amity Mitchell travels from London, England to Prague, Czechoslovakia, the country is on the cusp of total German occupation. Being summoned by her brother, whose work with the British government involves rescuing Jewish children from Nazi atrocities, she works furiously to process the mandatory documentation needed by each child. Leaving behind her employer Clark Cartwright and his beloved daughter Celia, becomes increas
Michelle Kidwell
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing

A Daring Escape
by Tricia Goyer
Harvest House Publishers
Christian , Historical Fiction
Pub Date 01 Jan 2018

I am reviewing a copy of A Daring Escape through Harvest House Publishers and Netgalley:
Europe is at the brink of the Second World War.
Amity Mitchell is an American woman living a comfortable life in England working as a tutor when an urgent telegram changes everything.

World War 2 is looming on the horizon. Amity Mitchell is living a comfortable life in England until her brother summo
Amy S
Jul 02, 2020 rated it liked it
This was the second book in the London Chronicles series by Tricia Goyer. It could really be a stand alone book because none of the characters from book one are in this book but it is WWII era. It was historical fiction and dealt with transporting Jewish refugees, mostly children, from Czechoslovakia to freedom in England. War is a terrible thing and the women and children suffer greatly. It took me forever to finish this book but not because it was not good or any other reason other than the pa ...more
Pam Burke
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tricia Goyer's A Daring Escape is the second in her London Chronicles series about World War II. The story is both heartbreaking and inspiring in its account of a very challenging aspect of the war's history -- the rescue of children from Czechoslovakia to England and other locations as Hitler's forces were overtaking their homeland.

Tricia's passion for World War II history and her in-depth research as she writes her books shine through in this story. While the characters and their stories might
Anne Rightler
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Daring Escape by Tricia Goyer is a compelling story of the Czechoslovakian kinder transport program during World War II. Strong and vibrant characters whose stories draw the reader in right from the start. A riveting plot that is masterfully written with realistic dialogue and descriptive scenes, intrigue, suspense and a sweet romance. A poignant story of families being torn apart, a reminder of the horrors of war and its impact, a story that is grippingly honest and made me wonder what happen ...more
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Better than the first book in the series! I really enjoyed A Daring Escape by Tricia Goyer. Such bravery in a time of troubles and sorrow. Amity, a private tutor, takes a trip to Prague to help her brother organize transportation for Jewish children before the Germans invade. Pavla is trying to get her children on one of the transports and to safety after her husband and in-laws were killed. Can they escape the coming invasion? There is danger, betrayal and romance. I can't wait for the next boo ...more
Nov 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
I read the majority of this book in one setting. It was a very engrossing look at pre-WW2 in Czechoslovakia and the kindertransports. Most WW2 novels I have bread are focused on the camps, Austria, Poland, or Germany. This is the first book I can remember that is set in Czechoslovakia. The setting, characters and plot are well written, there is some conflict and slight mystery and it is well developed and the resolution is satisfying.
I enjoyed the first book in the series and I have really enjo
Janine Muniz
Oct 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I admired the main character, Amity Mitchell. Despite having a great job as a tutor, WWII begins and her life is turned upside down. Her brother reaches out to Amity, asking for her help in rescuing Jewish children. However, Amity is hesitant to take on this role. She also fears for herself as she knows the consequences for helping these children. But Amity cannot ignore the small voice nagging her to become involved.

As a lover of historical fiction, this novel was u
Caty Thomas
May 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another charming novel by Goyer! I personally enjoy historical fiction, so I enjoyed this book and the first in the London Chronicles. In this book the author really helps you feel and understand more about the emotions of the people who were there during the beginning of WW2 and the Holocaust. Goyer creates such likeable characters. It is hard not to like her stories and embrace the characters and their emotions. The way the characters' stories were weaved together wasn't perfect. It took a whi ...more
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
WWII stories fascinate me these days and this one is a keeper! Set in Prague, Checkoslavakia, just before Hitler invaded, our heroine, Amity Mitchell, works feverishly to rescue Jewish children. We get scared with her with the chances she takes, admire her courage and breathe a sigh of relief every time a trainload of children head for safety. We are sad for the parents who let them go, especially knowing, in our hind sight, what their fates probably were. Thank you for sharing this thriller wit ...more
*thank you to Netgalley and Harvest House Publishers for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

3.5 stars.

This was like a complete turn around from what I was expecting but in a really good way. I was expecting something light an easy to read, which given that its about WW2 I should have known better. It was so interesting too. Most WW2 books I've read are so different from this type of story. I'm glad that I read it as its brought back my love for these kinds of stories. I will de
Janice Dick
The second of The London Chronicles series, A Daring Escape, tells of a young American woman who has been tutoring in England. When her brother, who is in the British Home Office, appeals for her help in Prague, she agrees, only to find herself in the midst of German occupation. Amity Mitchell does her best to arrange transport to England for as many Jewish children as possible, risking her freedom and possibly her life in the process.

A well-told story of the plight of Jews in the way of Hitler
Joy Kidney
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This delightful historical novel begins with a mystery about hidden treasure, then takes the reader back to England during the early days of Hitler's conquest of Europe. Because of her brother, a young American--in England as a tutor--becomes involved with helping displaced Jewish children escape from Czechoslovakia until it becomes too dangerous. A gentle love story is also a bonus. The history of King Wenceslas of the Christmas carol is noted, from the same area. The book returns to the treasu ...more
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Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of ten, grandmother of two, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. A bestselling author, Tricia has published thirty-three books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two tim ...more

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