Title: Chasing Shadows
Author: Lynn Austin
Genre: Historical Fiction
Publishing Date: June 8, 2021
Publisher: Tyndale House
Length: 432 pages
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.
Oh, how I loved this one! Reading each of the different POV’s kept my nose deep into the pages of this one because I couldn’t seem to rest until I knew what would happen next for each of them. The danger that loomed around every corner and the suspense that kept my heartrate going as if I were working out instead of sitting down and reading a book made this quite the experience to read. As soon as I finished reading I handed this over to a friend I was staying with and she read it almost as fast as I did, so I am apparently not the only one who found themselves helplessly trapped in the pages. I know that some people struggle when there are too many POV’s in a novel but even though I’m typically someone who likes them anyways, I felt the cast of characters and their interweaving stories made it work really well for this story and it wasn’t difficult to keep them straight. I always say a good book is one that can make me FEEL something, and this one was certainly able to achieve that. I highly, highly recommend this one!
*I received a copy of this one from Tyndale House. Thoughts and opinions expressed are mine alone.