Friday, May 16, 2014

"For Such a Time" by Kate Breslin

About this book:

  “In 1944, blonde and blue-eyed Jewess Hadassah Benjamin feels abandoned by God when she is saved from a firing squad only to be handed over to a new enemy. Pressed into service by SS-Kommandant Colonel Aric von Schmidt at the transit camp of Theresienstadt in Czechoslovakia, she is able to hide behind the false identity of Stella Muller. However, in order to survive and maintain her cover as Aric's secretary, she is forced to stand by as her own people are sent to Auschwitz. Suspecting her employer is a man of hidden depths and sympathies, Stella cautiously appeals to him on behalf of those in the camp. Aric's compassion gives her hope, and she finds herself battling a growing attraction for this man she knows she should despise as an enemy. Stella pours herself into her efforts to keep even some of the camp's prisoners safe, but she risks the revelation of her true identity with every attempt. When her bravery brings her to the point of the ultimate sacrifice, she has only her faith to lean upon. Perhaps God has placed her there for such a time as this, but how can she save her people when she is unable to save herself?

 Series: As of now, no.

Spiritual Content- A Scripture from Esther starts off every chapter (they are not in Biblical order); Hadassah feels abandon by God but finds a Christian Bible and reads it; Other Scriptures are quoted; Prayers; Talks about God, His Will, Trusting Him and why He allows things to happen; This whole book is based on the story of Esther.

Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a ‘screw’; Being a WWII book, it has many blood parts (some semi-detail but most are not detailed) and flashbacks of gun shooting (one flashback pretty detailed); Guns get pointed, people get hit by the gun, bullet wounds.

Sexual Content- a ‘hussy’; Prostitutes are mentioned; Four kisses (two semi-detailed & the other two are very detailed); Aric wishes that Stella would be in mistress and he wishes to hold her, touch and kiss her; Stella remembers how different Nazis tried to kiss her and being left in the snow naked.

-Hadassah/Stella Benjamin
-Aric von Schmidt
                                   P.O.V. switches between them, Morty, Hermann, Leo & Helen
                                              Set in 1944
                                                        418 pages

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My personal Rating-

{Wow.} This is a fast-pasted historically accurate story that brought the Bible story of Esther to WWII time period.
Notice the cover…the red hair, the pearls and the worn Bible play such a huge part in “For Such a Time”.
While many parts of this novel were heartbreaking, I found “For Such a Time” to be hauntingly wonderfully…it was an eye-opener.

See y'all on Monday for another review! :)

*BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.
*I received this book for free from the Publisher (Bethany House) for this review.


  1. Wow, sounds like an intense book. I love the idea of overlaying the story of Esther into another bitterly difficult time for the Jewish people.

    1. It was, but such an eye-opener. The concept of WWII with Esther is what interested me in "For Such a Time" and it told the story wonderfully. :)
      Thank you for your comment!