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For Such a Time

(Women of Valor #1)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  147 ratings  ·  23 reviews
When her cousin is arrested by the Nazis for aiding the French Resistance, Jean ThoaReaders know of the bravery, boldness, and spirit shown by the thousands of soldiers who fought valiantly during World War II. Lesser known, perhaps, but equally dramatic were the roles that women played in the conflict, both as support from home and as part of the fight near the front ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published June 1st 2000 by Bethany House Publishers (first published May 31st 2000)
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Sep 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Couldn't put it down!
Dana Atkins
May 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were parts, especially towards the end, that were a bit too saccharine and cliché for my taste. Other than that, it was very enjoyable. The point of view switched between focusing on the two main characters. There were several things the reader did not know about the main character until nearly 65% in to the book, and I thought that was well-done. I am also glad I read this on audiobook because I would have never known how to pronounce all the French words.
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Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book was a “page-turner!” It lacked some believability in that it was about a civilian who infiltrated and completed a mission to France during WWII with only a month’s training that included a parachute jump at night! I was willing to allow myself to be pulled along and into the story anyway. It was a Christian book, but not “preachy!”
Great book, hard to out down. Action, adventure, espionage, danger, rescues, and love story. Set in France and England WWII. Looking forward to reading more from this Author.
Sep 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Audiobook. Well done.
A book club read. Meh... it is ok. The story is repetitive and formulated from other books of this genre.
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Jean Thornton's life has been anything but easy. As a child, she witnessed her older brother accidentally shoot and kill himself and was later forced to deal alone with her father, who sought solace in alcohol. Then, when she finally thought she'd found happiness with a man, he was killed at Pearl Harbor. Her one only love since then, a Japanese American man she met while acting as an undercover agent in the United States internment camps, ended their relationship when he discovered her reasons ...more
Aug 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Elyse Larson has written the Women of Valor series. “For Such a Time” is book one in this series. The novel takes place during World War II beginning in December, 1943 in Lyon, France. Giselle Munier and her husband Caude are members of the resistance fighting the German occupation army. They have two little girls who are in harm’s way especially since their parents are working undercover. Giselle and Claude are known among the Resistance as Julie and Armand. With every-day life getting more and ...more
Apr 22, 2014 added it
Breslin’s debut novel is a masterful tale of sacrifice during the depths of the age of despair near the end of World War II.

The characters come to terms with truth and lies, reality, choice, and monsters within and without as they struggle to survive in the moment and in the future. Rich in detail, readers who appreciate fiction of the era will be entranced. Readers who are perfunctory in fact will want to know that the author created a fictional best-case scenario out of tragedy.

Hadassah was
Sep 10, 2011 rated it liked it
Giselle Munier and Jean Thornton, cousins, have been best friends for a long time. During World War II, each day is perilous for Giselle, who lives in occupied France. Jean lives in the U. S. and joins the American Red Cross, which takes her to Wales. Giselle, who works in the French Resistance, is betrayed and tortured by the Nazis. She escapes and hides with help from underground compatriots, but she is still in danger because she knows the names of other Resistance leaders and the Germans ...more
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoy books from this period in history. This is another addition to my recommended book list. It is about a woman who becomes part of the French Resistance Movement. Her mission is to rescue another woman who was injured and is being kept in hiding from the enemy.

I enjoyed this book very much.

"The France they have known is crumbling around them. Two courageous women face danger and betrayal under Hitler's tyranny.

Giselle Munier and Jean Thornton are more like sisters than cousins, having
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ilyse Larson writes Christian historical novels. The main character of this World War II novel is a woman. I love the book but I really doubt that women were involved in the activities detailed in this story. However, I am wrong again. There are actually women who were dropped into enemy territory. There is at least one very famous female spy during this period who could have been our heroine. Even more amazing is the fact that at least 500,000 cars in Europe were converted to burn wood as fuel ...more
3.5 Stars

Overall, I enjoyed this look into the French Resistence movement during WW2. The interplay between the cousins, the danger and intrigue- all added elements to bring this story to life. It was a unique look, as I have not read many books set in France about WW2.
However, the book was very dry in the beginning and I almost set it down. It did pick up, so I am glad I persevered. The ending felt like the author stuffed Christian platitudes to appease the publisher. If the last chapter
Alisha Case
Jun 25, 2008 rated it liked it
This wasn't a bad book, it really put everything into perspective of WWII and the fear the average person was in from day to day. Not being able to trust anyone, afraid to be friendly because you didn't know who they were or what they were capable of. They also described a little bit of the fear of a woman, Giselle, who was tortured and the fear she had of being recaptured. She had a hard time trusting she was safe, even when she really was. Sad story, but yet parts of it were a little too ...more
Aug 05, 2011 rated it liked it
This book offered a detailed picture of what life was like for those involved in World War II, either passively or aggressively. I liked how Giselle, a major participant in the French Resistance, had much to overcome and conquer. Jean, for her part, is equally courageous as she attempts an ill-advised mission to save her distressed cousin. Although a bit sappy at parts, this book directly expresses the need for strong women.
Jun 05, 2013 marked it as to-read
I'm not so much curious about this book as something fun to read. I'm curious how my mother, who read it, came away with the impression that Japanese internment camps were wonderful, self-governing places that people loved living in. I had to explain history to her following this. I haven't read the book yet, so I'm curious to see just how widely messed up it is.
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this christian book

A wonderful story during the holocaust it was very suspenseful, tense and scary. This author told the story so well she put me right there and the connection was so strong. This story told on how women guided by God can do what seems impossible. No sexual content, thank you. I recommend this book and this author.
Jun 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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I listened to the audiobook and was impressed with the reading and storyline.highly recommend this book. Historical fiction WWII France .
Meredith Jacobs-smith
Very entertaining

A good read and well written. Looking forward to the next book as this was one I could not put down.
Jul 05, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: audio
This book was okay but could have ended much sooner with a more focused plot line.
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It was. Ail biting a good read I can hardly wait to read the rest of the series.
Nov 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Takes place in France and England during WWII. Lots of history and suspense and a little romance on the side.
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A full-time writer with a passion for historical research, Elyse Larson developed a particular interest in World War II and the faith that sustained believers during one of the most devastating wars on earth. It was this special fascination, and a friendship with a woman who served as a Red Cross worker in Wales, that led her to develop her Women of Valor series.
Fueled by travels to Abergavenny,

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