The Auschwitz Escape brings us back to the time of the Nazi war. The main character is a pastor by the name of Jean-Luc Leclerc who finds himself helping the Jews find their freedom from the Nazi invasion. His involvement in assisting Jews ultimately results in his imprisonment. During this capture, he meets a young man by the name of Jacob Weisz, and together they dare to plot a risky escape from Auschwitz, in order to share the truth about the Fascism movement spreading through Germany.
I’ve been reading a whole lot more than I’ve been writing…which has contributed to my large (and growing) “reviews to be written” pile. Yes, it kind of stresses me out when I see a pile of books by my computer; mostly when I know they represent my “to do” list of books in need of a written review. What stresses me out even more is the knowledge that I’m about to add two or three more books to the stack in a few days because my reading hasn’t died down one bit. So, how am I planning to conquer this dilemma? Write more you say? Well, actually I’m going to write less…and here’s why.
The Stolen One is about a young girl named Kat (Katherine) who is tired of the mystery which surrounds her life in Humblebee Wood. Shrouded in secrets, Kat is cared for by Grace and lives with Anna, her sister, but like all orphans, Kat is curious about her mother; who was she and what happened to her? Grace is very tight lipped about the whole story, making Kat’s heritage even more puzzling. Knowing there has to be more than what she sees in front of her…a life of embroidering for the rich and an engagement to a pear farmer, Christian, Kat decides to leave her uneventful life in search of some answers.
Where Lilacs Still Bloom is about a German immigrant named Hulda Klager. She’s a farmer’s wife, a mother, and she has a passion for plants. More than just growing plants, her passion includes hybridizing them too, and that is just not something women do…mostly if the year is 1889. Luckily for Hulda her husband is a supporter of her so-called hobby.
From creating a bigger and more crisper apple, to the hybridization of several flowers, Hilda’s story is one of dedication, patience, and striving to give to others what God had placed on her heart – a passion to help people experience the beauty of flowers.
Annie, Between the States is about a young Virginian girl whose world is interrupted and turned upside down by the war raging between the states. All the normality of her life vanishes when fighting soldiers invade her family’s home. Due to the brutality of the injuries, she finds herself aiding the wounded. At first she is appalled at what she sees, but as she tends to the injured she begins to see the human faces of those she opposed before. As the war drags on, and as Annie becomes more involved she begins to question Virginia’s reasoning. This is made more confusing by her older brother, Lawrence, who is fighting valiantly on the Confederate side. And her younger brother, Jamie, not knowing the true face of war, wants to be part of it as a Confederate soldier. Annie finds she is conflicted; she is seeing things differently than before, and while this conflict rages within her, it is through certain events that she finally discovers who she is and what she believes in.