Thursday, April 17, 2014

Book Review: For Such a Time by Kate Breslin


For Such a Time by Kate Breslin retells the story of Esther with the role of Esther being played by Hadassah/Stella and the role of King Xerxes played by Aric, the Nazi Commandant of a concentration camp.  Hadassah is half-Jewish, but she looks Aryan, and she has forged papers using the name Stella.  When she is rescued from one concentration camp by Aric, he takes her to the one of which he has command, for her to be his secretary.  Of course, love ensues and all the Jews are saved...well, not all, but that's a plot spoiler.

I had such high hopes for this book, especially since it started off so well.  But as it continued, the story felt more and more contrived, and it just didn't feel realistic at all.  The way Breslin brought circumstances together felt forced, like she was trying to follow a certain storyline regardless of how it fit her story.  I guess she was, and it didn't work.

Another thing that wasn't right was how Breslin made no difference between Jewish faith and Christian faith.  Faith in God was all that mattered, and I don't think Jesus was even mentioned.  There is a difference, and it's very important.  Both Hadassah and Aric come to faith, but what their faith is in isn't clear.  It seems like Hadassah's faith is in the Bible which she opens randomly to discover what she needs.  And Aric's faith seems to be in Hadassah.  This story could have done so much more in this area.

I want to thank Bethany House for my review copy of this book, but my opinions are my own.

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