Chasing Shadows

Tyndale House. Jun. 2021. 432p. ISBN 9781496437341. $26.99; pap. ISBN 9781496437358. $16.99. CF
Lena de Vries, a hardworking wife and mother on a Netherlands farm in 1940, struggles with her daughter Ans’s teenage rebellions and worries about the Nazi regime in Germany. Then Germany invades the Netherlands, and Lena’s everyday concerns turn into desperate fear. To survive, each of the de Vries must make a choice: join the Resistance or collaborate with their oppressors. Meanwhile, young Jewish German refugees Miriam and Avi are in the Netherlands to try to start a new life together. Gradually, their freedom is curtailed and their escape routes are cut off; they must rely on the help of strangers, including the de Vries family, to survive.
VERDICT Austin (If I Were You) delivers another stunning historical saga about ordinary people who face impossible odds, yet trust an extraordinary God. The compelling characters and moral dilemmas are a highlight; it’s similar to recent Christian fiction hits about WWII, including Sarah Sundin’s When Twilight Breaks and Cathy Gohlke’s The Medallion.
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