Creative Take on a Familiar Theme: Review of “For Such a Time” by Kate Breslin


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I enjoyed this book and particularly admired the author’s ability to portray a strong emotional and romantic tension between the main characters.  While the setting is a concentration camp during the Holocaust, “For Such a Time” is a romantic fiction that focuses on themes like loving one’s enemies, forgiveness, and the ability of people to change in response to their circumstances.  This book does not attempt a historically accurate portrayal of the horror of life in the concentration camp at Theresienstadt or of any actual events.

In some ways this story reads like any other fictional romance set during the Holocaust, and it evokes plotlines from all the major movies of this genre (think Schindler’s List, Defiance, and War and Remembrance).  The dramatic and highly unrealistic conclusion also lends a ‘movie-like’ feeling to this novel.  Generalizations like thoroughly evil camp guards and altruistic, longsuffering victims abound, giving you the strong sense of having read this story before.  This feeling of familiarity is compounded with the intentional parallel to the Biblical story of Esther.  Nonetheless, the author’s creativity really does come through in weaving an entertaining and well written- if unlikely story- so I think the best way I can summarize is by saying if you enjoy this genre then you’ll enjoy this book.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Bethany House Publishers.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.




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