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Against the Wind by Bodie Thoene
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Feb 12, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction, christian-romance, own

A very enjoyable read and historically enlightening. Deserves 4 1/2 of 5. During the terrible rise of Nazisim in 1937 gifted Jewish violinist Elisa is helped by American journalist John Murphy to escape first Germany and then Austria to England. They fall in love, marry and have children as Europe explodes in the violence leading up to World War II. When the Nazi blitz of London makes life almost intolerable, they send their children to Murphy’s parents in America. Finally, they lose their home in London for the second time, they decide that Elisa must be sent to safety in America She begins a harrowing journey across seas made treacherous by Nazi U-boats. Will Elisa make America along with the children of others entrusted to her care or perish in the crossing?

The Thoenes tell a tale stretching from 1937 to 1940 before America joined the war. They intersperse Elisa’s journal entries from 1937 with happenings as London suffers under the blitz in 1940. The journal entries depict the terror Jews in Europe faced and the daring many exhibited to smuggle children from the shadow of the Fuhrer. I was deeply impressed by their attention to historical detail and ability to weave a tale vibrant with human pathos, a story that seemed true. Very well done.

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