Along with reading, two of Lynn's lifelong passions are history and archaeology. While researching her Biblical fiction series, Chronicles of the Kings, these two interests led her to pursue graduate studies in Biblical Backgrounds and Archaeology through Southwestern Theological Seminary. She and her son traveled to Israel during the summer of 1989 to take part in an archaeological dig at the ancient city of Timnah. This experience contributed to the inspiration for her novel Wings of Refuge.
Lynn resigned from teaching to write full-time in 1992. Since then she has published twelve novels. Five of her historical novels, Hidden Places, Candle in the Darkness, Fire by Night, A Proper Pursuit, and Until We Reach Home have won Christy Awards in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2008, and 2009 for excellence in Christian Fiction. Fire by Night was also one of only five inspirational fiction books chosen by Library Journal for their top picks of 2003, and All She Ever Wanted was chosen as one of the five inspirational top picks of 2005. Lynn's novel Hidden Places has been made into a movie for the Hallmark Channel, starring actress Shirley Jones. Ms Jones received a 2006 Emmy Award nomination for her portrayal of Aunt Batty in the film.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Penny Goodrich has been in love with Eddie Shaffer for as long as she can remember; now that Eddie's wife is dead, Penny feels she has been given a second chance and offers to care for his children in the hope that he will finally notice her and marry her after the war.
And elderly Mr. Mendel, the landlord, waits for the war to end to hear what has happened to his son trapped in war-torn Hungary. But during the long, endless wait for victory overseas, life on the home front will go from bad to worse.
Yet these characters will find themselves growing and changing in ways they never expected--and ultimately discovering truths about God's love...even when He is silent.
If you would like to read the first chapter of While We're Far Apart, go HERE.
Three families. Tied and bound together by a war determined to tear them apart.
The characters in WHILE WE’RE FAR APART are dimensional and interesting to read and their personal journeys kept the story moving forward. The emotions between Penny and her parents, Jacob and his faith and the children with their father and their turmoil about his leaving for war added tension.
I thought meshed together, how everything intersected made for a good story. Especially in the last 100 pages as secrets were revealed, characters strengthened and tempo heightened.
That being said, I thought this book took me a bit too long to read. The pacing for the majority of the book was a bit slow and while the characters were all interesting in their own right, their process together through the story just didn’t grab and yank at my attention.
It’s hard to write this review because my opinion is torn, so I will simply sum it up this way: while this book isn’t my favorite, I did like it. The ending was satisfactory and the changes shown within each of them were good, it was obvious from beginning to end. That is what I appreciated about this novel.
This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers through CFBA for my copy to review.