Thursday, September 1, 2022

ESCAPE FROM AMSTERDAM by Lauralee Bliss, Reviewed by Paula Shreckhise, #ReleaseDay

"War makes everyone old. No one can be young when the enemy is here. We must all fight to survive or live a life of nothing, run by the powerful who don’t care if we live or die."

This one had a slow start for me and much of it was gloomy because it dealt with the German occupation during WWII. The hero was wise and godly beyond his years. "When fear becomes normal behavior, thoughts and feelings conform to it. Complacency takes its place. And then the enemy can strike with something bolder, a new edict or punishment, to strengthen the prison walls." The heroine had a heart for the persecuted, especially the children. Together, they put their romance on hold in order to rescue three children.

This story depicts a sad and horrific time in history and pays tribute to those who risked their lives to save others. While some of the actions by one character was unrealistic, the story did stress reliance on God during trying times. I am glad that authors are still writing about the war and its effect on people. I think we should not forget, lest something like this happens again.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour. I was not required to give a favorable review. All opinions are my own.* 3 stars and a strong faith thread.

BackCover Blurb:
A University Student Smuggles Children Out of Amsterdam

Full of intrigue, adventure, and romance, this series celebrates the unsung heroes—the heroines of WWII.

Helen Smit believed she was called by God to become a teacher. Little does she know that her care for kids will take a drastic turn for survival when the Germans occupy Amsterdam and Jewish children and parents begin to be deported. Now all she can think of is helping all the kids escape before it’s too late.

Erik Misman’s newfound love for Helen is tested when he joins a plot to help move Jewish children to a safe place in the countryside. If danger can foster a closer bond with Helen and save the lives of the little ones, he will do it all. But a German patrol that stumbles upon the farm where they are hiding with three children and a soldier who takes an unexpected interest in Helen, could well destroy their plans for safety and love.

​Don’t miss these other stories:
The Cryptographer’s Dilemma by Johnnie Alexander
Picture of Hope by Liz Tolsma
Saving Mrs. Roosevelt by Candice Sue Patterson
Mrs. Witherspoon Goes to War by Mary Davis
A Rose for the Resistance by Angela K. Couch
The Season of My Enemy by Naomi Musch  

Barbour Publishing, September 1, 2022
Available in digital ebook, paperback, and audiobook:
Buy ESCAPE FROM AMSTERDAM at Amazon, Christianbook .com, or Baker Book House 

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