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For fans of bestselling WWII fiction comes a powerful novel from Lynn Austin about three women whose lives are instantly changed when the Nazis invade the neutral Netherlands, forcing each into a complicated dance of choice and consequence.
Lena is a wife and mother who farms alongside her husband in the tranquil countryside. Her faith has always been her compass, but can s
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Paperback, 432 pages
Published June 8th 2021 by Tyndale House Publishers (first published June 2021)
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Karren  Sandercock
Pieter and Lena de Vries live in the Netherlands, they own a farm and happily work together. The couple have been blessed with three children, Ans, Wim and Maaike, the children have been raised to believe in the lord and follow their parent’s faith. Holland's a neutral country, when the German’s invade Poland and the de Vries family are very worried.

Ans finds life on the farm boring, she’s tired of going to church and she wants to move to Leiden. Herman Huizenga needs a companion for his wife E
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Deanne Patterson
Jun 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Deanne by: cnnamongirl@aol.com
Every time I open a Lynn Austin book I think to myself she couldn't possibly top her last book . Somehow she does it every single time!
Meticulously researched, I know the author put a lot of time into this book. Like pouring her heart and soul into it. It's just that outstanding!
This book features a lot of characters and they are part of the Dutch Resistance. The book takes place in the Netherlands during WW11.
We see the Nazi's invading neutral Netherlands and the choices the people there must
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Staci
Jun 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2021
The Netherlands 1939-1945

Neutral Netherlands is considered a safe place to be. Until a Nazi invasion occurs.

The characters in Chasing Shadows show how war impacts people differently. The main characters are four females: Lena, a farmer's wife; Lena's daughter Ans that wants to escape small town life; Miriam, a Jewish refugee and Eloise, suffering from depression following WWI. Each of their stories intertwines and shows resilience.

It was the smallest details that could make all the difference, e
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Rachel McMillan
Lynn Austin's obvious passion for the Netherlands and her resplendent ease at the research and excavation of the all-too-human stories set against the backdrop of WWII, make her the perfect voice to wrap around the similar yet very different experiences of three dimensional, humane, compassionate and romantic women who must rise to challenges of love and sacrifice they never could have imagined.

This is Austin in her comfort zone: focusing on the triumphs and travails of generations eager to pas
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Amanda Geaney
With over 3 million copies of The Hiding Place in circulation, chances are you've read or heard of Corrie Ten Boom and the way her family served the Dutch Resistance at great personal cost. I had Corrie's story in mind when I decided to read Lynn Austin's newest novel. Chasing Shadows is set in the Netherlands (1939-1945) and is told from the perspective of three fictional women: Miriam Jacobs, Lena de Vries, and Lena's daughter Ans. I'm keen on World War II books and movies because they often t ...more
Christy
Jun 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own, kindle
There are not enough adequate words to describe what a wonderful book this was to read. While I normally tend to write rather long reviews, I will leave you to discover and experience this book for yourself. I assure you - it will be well worth your time. I have been surprisingly obsessed with WWII fiction this year, and each book I read seems to surpass the quality of the last. Lynn Austin has written a real treasure of a book against a haunting backdrop of war. There were moments of deep grief ...more
Paula Shreckhise
“The only truly safe place to be is in God’s hands.”
What an emotionally impactful story set in Holland during World War II. In my opinion, this is a must read, so that we do not forget the sacrifice of these precious people during a horrible time in history.
It is a story of triumph during adversity, of clinging to God when there is no other hope. “Let your fear drive you into the arms of God.” It is a story of courage and how God can show mercy and draw you closer to Him. “When faced with a dil
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Becky
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I still remember the first Lynn Austin book I ever read, primarily because I reread it recently and it still resonated with me. So when a Lynn Austin book becomes available I have to read it, well, most of the time. There are a few of her books I still haven't delved into, but that's a story for another day. Today's review is on Chasing Shadows, a World War II era book that takes place in the Netherlands. While there are some books about World War II that deal with the battles and their aftermat ...more
Lori
Apr 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another fabulous book by one of my favorite authors!
Story was well written and researched. Characters will make you fall in love with them and yes they will also break your heart many times over as you go through their journey with them.
I loved this story because it teaches and reminds of God's love even through difficulties.
I liked Lena's papa. He was so strong and brave. And so full of wisdom.
His words of comfort. God is there to lean on even after he's gone from this world Lena. You must lea
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Kav
Jun 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What an emotional read! Austin takes her readers into the lives of three Dutch women during World War II and delivers a memorable story full of heartache and hope.

I feel like my eyes were opened as I embraced Lena, Ans and Miriam and lived their stories along side them. I mean, I thought I knew about the Holocaust and the resistance movement but Austin's stirring storytelling turned those facts into deeply emotional impressions. I was reeling by the end. Burst into gut-wrenching sobs of release
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Amanda Tero
Jun 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It has been a few years since I’ve read Lynn Austin, but I know she’s good for a solid, well-researched story. This one did not at all disappoint.

The characters were so good! You felt them being torn in different directions as Germany overtook the Netherlands. Their fear and struggles were palpable and I was immersed in how real the different perspectives were during WWII. I may have cried for several parts. It was realistic, heart-wrenching, and oh so good.

The spiritual content was amazing. Les
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Rachel
Mar 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chasing Shadows by Lynn Austin is an excellent WWII-era historical fiction novel that takes place in the Netherlands. This is a stunning tapestry of a collection of ordinary citizens and how they adapt and respond to adversity and exhibit perseverance during the war.

This book is such an impressive and beautiful narrative of what the people of the Netherlands experienced in the face of fear, change, tests of faith, and how each responded in their own way to the invasion of the Nazis into their la
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Lucy
Jun 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my! I’m totally without adequate words to describe this jaw dropping, gut wrenching, hope filled masterpiece. I can’t imagine the research involved and the tears shed by the author as I can feel she poured her heart and soul into this novel. Yes it is dark and hard to read at times like it was when I went to the Holocaust museum but so worth the effort and sobs to find the hope and faith contained within. The characters are so worth investing into as they are alive and breathing souls that yo ...more
Kailey
May 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is such a wonderful book! Lynn Austin wrote such an amazing story in this one! She didn’t shy away from the gritty parts, but wrote them with grace. This book left me evaluating my faith and if I would have been able to do what these ladies had to do. This one is definitely a keeper! I would highly recommend this book for historical fiction fans!


I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
Karen R
An inspiring, compelling read about the brave people who were involved in the Dutch Resistance during WWII. These everyday, ordinary type men and women--farmers, teachers, housewives, students--do extraordinary things, risking their lives to help save others, many motivated by their faith. The focus is on three women--including one Jewish refugee--and their difficult journey through the war.

“What does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God...the
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Maureen Timerman
May 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
Wearing their faith and living it, these valiant people of the Netherlands gave it all for others during World War II.

We meet some of these people and follow them as the darkness envelopes and doesn't want to let go. Those who have already fled their own country to flee the hate of a people, and now are on the run again.

Through the words of this author we meet all kinds of people, those that will do anything to save their own skin, and other that selflessly give the ultimate for others.

This is a
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Erin Laramore
Jun 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a beautiful story of resilience, shining one's light in the darkest places, and forgiveness. Taking place in the Netherlands during WWII, this book highlights 3 different women who had different experiences, but all chose to "be the good". I loved the varying viewpoints and seeing the ravages of war and the goodness of people through the eyes of the characters. There was a lot of gray area for one character, whose love chose "the other side", feeling as though he didn't have a choice other ...more
Kelly Bridgewater
Chasing Shadows by Lynn Austin is a World War II delight to ponder and think about. This plot stuck with me long after I was reading and while I was reading, I kept thinking of what America is slowly walking into. With practically every World War II novel that I read, I can't stop flipping through the pages to see how the story would end. I have read so many stories in this era that I know the Nazi's were defeated in April 1945, so when the story starts with a countdown, I now that the character ...more
Barbara
Jun 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chasing shadows Lynn Austin
I have been a fan of Lynn Austin for years. This is one of her best, a powerful story based on the accounts of people who lived a complex dance of choice and consequence through the years 1940- 1945.
Lena is one of three women in the story. She is a wife and mother who farms and works alongside her husband. Faith has always been her compass but the invasion of Nazi troops brings new life and death challenges. Her “imagination partnered with fear, squeezing her heart d
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Kaitlyn S.
I haven't read any of Lynn Austin's works before now, but I am definitely going to be looking for more of her books!

This is a favourite time period of mine. I love WW2 history, and I particularly love the history of the resistance in the countries occupied by Germany. This story was absolutely perfect in every way, and I adored it! I felt like it was well researched, well written, and brought what it would have been like to live under German occupation to life really well.

I liked all three of
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Brenda
Jun 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021
Lynn Austin's newest book, Chasing Shadows, is historical/Christian fiction at its finest! Set in the Netherlands during World war II when the Nazis invade the (neutral) Netherlands. It is the story of 3 women who must make the most difficult (unthinkable!) decisions and know they must live with those choices. A wife and mother, a daughter, and a young Jewish violinist who had sought the safety in Holland. As the war escalates and the Nazis invade Holland, these 3 women find their paths crossing ...more
Tara Bentley
Jun 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The perfect vaction companion...

Another amazing read from Lynn Austin!

Chasing Shadows tells the story of three different families as Hitler rises to power through the destruction of WWII that changes all of their lives. Told though the eyes of three main characters Lena, Ans, and Miriam, we walk alongside each woman as she comes to terms with the shifting world around them and how they should respond. As usual, Austin masterfully crafts characters that are genuine and endearing.

The challenges f
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Marinda
May 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars* for Lynn Austin's latest slam dunk contribution to historical Christian Fiction. I've been a fan for a long time and this book did not disappoint!

Lynn Austin's love and respect for the Dutch people comes through every page. There are a million WW2 books out there, but this one really opened my eyes to the struggle of the everyday citizen in occupied countries. The characters show a full range of experiences, from the refuge to the ordinary citizen just trying to do the right thing in
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Cindy
May 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review will be live here on June 9, but I did really like this one!
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Phyllis
May 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chasing Shadows by Lynn Austin is a historical fiction novel set in the Netherlands during WWII. After neutral Netherlands was invaded by the Nazi’s, many brave people valiantly stood up to the evil by risking their own life to safe the lives of others. Austin’s story is told through the lives of three ordinary women. Lena is a wife and mother who works along side her husband on a farm. Ans, Lena’s daughter moves to the city and gets involved in the Dutch Resistance delivering underground newspa ...more
Michelle Hernandez
Jun 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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Kirsten Burger
Jun 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
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Becky
Jun 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021books
First sentence: Every sound in the coal-black night seemed magnified as Lena lay awake in bed, waiting. She heard the quiet rustlings of the shadow people as they crept through the darkness downstairs in her farmhouse.

Chasing Shadows is historical fiction set in the Netherlands during the Second World War. It features multiple narrators whose stories alternate throughout. Lena de Vries is a wife and mother (and daughter). Ans de Vries is a young woman who CANNOT wait to leave the rural farm life
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Amanda
Jun 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I don't think I have ever read a historical fiction World War II story from the perspective of the people from the Netherlands before. This story was fast-paced and hard to put down. I loved reading about the incredible courage of the Dutch people. The sacrifice they made for others was truly remarkable. The main characters were so well written, and each character went through incredible changes as they faced the trials of war. I could identify with these characters... with th ...more
Jessica Baker (A Baker's Perspective)
Grab your tissues before beginning this book because you are going to need them! Austin has really outdone herself with this story. It weaves faith, perseverance, determination, courage, and so much more. There is love, war, family, and sacrifice written in every single chapter. The points hit me hard. At times I needed to stop and take a breath, allowing myself to digest what I'd just read. Yes, some of it was hard. But it's written during one of the cruelest times in the world. But there was a ...more
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For many years, Lynn Austin nurtured a desire to write but frequent travels and the demands of her growing family postponed her career. When her husband's work took Lynn to Bogota, Colombia, for two years, she used the B.A. she'd earned at Southern Connecticut State University to become a teacher. After returning to the U.S., the Austins moved to Anderson, Indiana, Thunder Bay, Ontario, and later ...more

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