About the Book
For fans of bestselling WWII fiction comes a powerful novel from Lynn Austin about three women whose lives are instantly changed when the Nazis invade the neutral Netherlands, forcing each into a complicated dance of choice and consequence.
Lena is a wife and mother who farms alongside her husband in the tranquil countryside. Her faith has always been her compass, but can she remain steadfast when the questions grow increasingly complex and the answers could mean the difference between life and death?
Lena’s daughter Ans has recently moved to the bustling city of Leiden, filled with romantic notions of a new job and a young Dutch police officer. But when she is drawn into Resistance work, her idealism collides with the dangerous reality that comes with fighting the enemy.
Miriam is a young Jewish violinist who immigrated for the safety she thought Holland would offer. She finds love in her new country, but as her family settles in Leiden, the events that follow will test them in ways she could never have imagined.
The Nazi invasion propels these women onto paths that cross in unexpected, sometimes-heartbreaking ways. Yet the story that unfolds illuminates the surprising endurance of the human spirit and the power of faith and love to carry us through.
In My Opinion
It never ceases to amaze me how far reaching the prejudice, destruction, and evil of the Nazis during World War II. In Chasing Shadows, Lynn Austin whisks readers back in time to the Netherlands as we follow three women through this dark and trying time.
Grab a good stash of tissues as you follow Lena, her daughter Ans, and Miriam through dark days as they face difficulties, fears, and choice that require courage and faith.
Austin does an excellent job of giving each of these characters a strong voice, so you don’t get lost with whose story is being told or their backstories. Chasing Shadows not only touches hearts but causes readers to ponder if they would have the courage to stand in the face of the worst kind of adversity with poise and bravery.
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