Friday, March 2, 2012

Book Review: Mrs. Tuesday's Departure

Book Details:
Title: Mrs. Tuesday's Departure
Author: Suzanne Anderson
2012, Henry and George Press
Genre: Historical Fiction

Book Summary:
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for… 
Hungary's fragile alliance with Germany kept Natalie, a renowned children’s book author, and her family out of harm's way for most of the war. Now as the Führer's desperation grows during the waning years of the conflict, so does its threat. Natalie's younger sister, Ilona, married a Jewish man, putting both her and her young daughter, Mila, in peril; Natalie's twin sister, Anna, is losing her already tenuous hold on reality. As the streets of Budapest thrum with the pounding boots of Nazi soldiers, danger creeps to the doorstep where Natalie shields them all. 
Ilona and her husband take the last two tickets to safety for themselves, abandoning Natalie to protect Anna and Mila from the encroaching danger. Anna's paranoid explosion at a university where was once a professor, sparked by delusions over an imagined love triangle, threatens their only other chance for escape. Ultimately, Natalie is presented with a choice no one should ever have to make; which of her family will she save? 
An inspirational story of faith and family, strength and weakness, and the ultimate triumph of love over hate. Mrs. Tuesday’s Departure demonstrates the power of faith to light even the most harrowing darkness. 
... faith is the evidence of things not seen.

My Review:
I was very excited to receive an email from author Suzanne Anderson asking me to review this book! I have always been a fan of WWII fiction, although I've gotten away from reading it the past few years.

This novel is fairly short, but bittersweet. It tells a little bit different side of WWII than most novels I've read. This novel is set in Budapest, Hungry near the very end of the war. The Germans seem to know that they are doomed at this point.

This is the story of an unconventional family - two aunts, Natalie and Anna (who happen to also be twins), and their niece, Mila. Mila is half Jewish and needs to be safely removed from their hometown of Budapest. But they have waited too long and there is no easy way to get her to safety. To complicate matters, Anna, has some kind of early onset dementia. Natalie has to decide whether she is willing to leave one behind to save the other.

Thrown in the mix is a healthy dose of love interest. Unrequited love, lost love and the undying hope of love for the future.

I would highly recommend this book! I was wishing for a happier ending, but I love how it was all brought together at the end.

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