Five-time Christy Award winner Lynn Austin is acclaimed as “one of the genre’s best historical fiction novelists” (Library Journal). Set in Brooklyn, New York, during World War I, While We’re Far Apart is a brilliant blend of captivating characters, heart-tugging emotions, and vivid spiritual truths. While a motherless girl longs for her daddy and a young lady hopes for a second chance at love, this poignant tale explores the uncertainty that stalks the homefront as the “War to End All Wars” rages in Europe.
©2010 Lynn Austin (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC
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"Esther Shaffer, 12, mourns her dead mother and now faces her father enlisting in the army; Penny Goodrich, long in love with Eddie Shaffer, volunteers to care for his children, hoping to marry Eddie when he returns; and Jacob Mendel, a Jewish widower, struggles to find Hashem (God) amid his loss. Their lives intersect as Jacob rediscovers his faith, Penny discovers her past and her future, and Esther begins to understand life and love. Add family drama, D-Day, the Holocaust, arson, and young love, and you'll see why Austin is so popular." ( Publishers Weekly)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Mrs on 10-09-11


I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a little predictable at times but interesting and moving none the less.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Daisy65 on 10-03-16

Brillant historical novel about world war 2

The story of a Jewish and a Christian family living in the USA during world war 2. Many issues are explored from a Jewish and Christian perspective in a warm, convincing and imaginative way, emphasizing the common ground of the Old Testament and the character of God. A very good read which makes the book hard to put down. Historical detail is well researched and fascinating.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sara on 17-09-13

Love, forgiveness and growth

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A winner from Lynn Austin. From the first chapter I was drawn into the lives of the characters as they struggled to cope with loss, separation and fear during WWII Brooklyn NY. Austin explores concepts of love and family and faith on multiple levels. The story telling is complex and beautifully engaging. Another page turner pleasure to the very end.

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5 out of 5 stars
By J.C.D. on 30-11-15


What did you love best about While We’re Far Apart?

How a woman who was barely known to two adolescents tried to care for them and make their lives as normal as possible.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the way the story told stories of several people and how the war effected their lives.

What about Suzanne Toren’s performance did you like?

She did an excellent job of bringing the story to life.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It's almost impossible to listen to this story in one sitting, but it was tempting.

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