This has been a good year for those who love fiction set during World War II. Lynn Austin, one of the premier writers of Christian historical fiction turns to the American Home Front in While We’re Far Apart.
Twelve-year old Esther Shaffer is furious with her father for enlisting in the Army soon after the death of her mother, especially since her little brother, Peter, has suddenly gone mute, and she has to put up with boring Penny Goodrich as her caretaker. Penny has secretly loved Esther’s father all her life, and she hopes taking care of his children will cause him to return her love – and it allows her to get away from her overprotective and manipulative parents. The Shaffers’ landlord, Jacob Mendel, is angry at God for the death of his wife and the disappearance of his only son in Nazi-occupied Hungary – and shaken by how Esther and Peter insert themselves into his life.