My Literary Ladies group read For Such a Time last month and we all thoroughly enjoyed it. It is a retelling of the story of Esther, but set in a Concentration Camp in WWII. When I first read about it I was puzzled and just wanted to know how she would pull it off -- but she does! We went on to read Far Side of the Sea, which takes place during WWI (and isn't based on any particular Scripture story). We didn't realize it was a sequel to Not By Sight, another of Kate Breslin's books. I went back and read Not By Sight and it was also quite good, though I think Far Side of the Sea is a much better story -- with lots of intrigue, twists and turns. Kate Breslin received the best newcomer award for, I think it was Christian Fiction Writers' Association the same year that Francine Rivers won the lifetime achievement award.
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I have really appreciated all of Kate Breslin's books I have read. Her writing has gotten stronger over time. The most recent story is based on sabotage in a munitions factory in Scotland. In deciding whether or not to purchase a title for the church library, reading reviews can be helpful, but each librarian must still evaluate what the objections to the title might be.
Kate lives in Washington state and has been one of the authors at several of our recent Pacific Northwest Association of Church Libraries conferences. She is a delightful lady and I have several of her books in my church libary
I just finished reading Not By Sight and The Far Side of the Sea and enjoyed them both very much. The Far Side of the Sea really shows her growth as an author.
What a great idea about checking with the local library! I'm sad to say that we have bought several books that, after pre-reading them, are not deemed fit for our church library. I never thought of checking them out at the library first. Thanks!!!
Yes, there are some interesting reviews. I know that some of our Jewish brethern objected to the romance aspect and that the main character, who is Jewish, is introduced to Christianity. But it is in no way anti-Semitic.