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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,375 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lynn Austin Narrator: Suzanne Toren Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2010 ISBN: 9781449843465
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In an unassuming apartment building in Brooklyn, New York, three lives intersect as the reality of war invades each aspect of their lives. Young Esther is heartbroken when her father decides to enlist in the army shortly after the death of her mother. Penny Goodrich has been in love with Eddie Shaffer for as long as she can remember; now that Eddie’s wife is dead, Penny feels she has been given a second chance and offers to care for his children in the hope that he will finally notice her and marry her after the war. And elderly Mr. Mendel, the landlord, waits for the war to end to hear what has happened to his son trapped in war-torn Hungary. 

But during the long, endless wait for victory overseas, life on the home front will go from bad to worse. Yet these characters will find themselves growing and changing in ways they never expected—and ultimately discovering truths about God’s love even when he is silent.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Entertaining.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Winner of the 2011 Christy Award for Historical Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clockstein Lockstein | 2/15/2014

    " While We're Far Apart by Lynn Austin is another stunning historical novel in the author's oeuvre. Eddie Shaffer has enlisted in the military to escape the constant reminders of his late wife Rachel in their apartment, much to his two children's: Esther, 12 and Peter 9, dismay. Penny Goodrich has been in love with Eddie since they were children so she jumps at the opportunity to care for his children while he is gone in hopes that he will finally fall for her. Esther is angry at Penny's interference, and Peter stops talking with Eddie's departure. But Penny begins to flourish outside of her parents' suffocating guilt and attacks on her self-esteem, but her new job leads her to information that shatters her sense of identity. Austin is the premier historical fiction writer in Christian fiction today. Her novels are filled with three dimensional characters in poignant plots that bring history to life. Her writing is always insightful and the stories compelling as well as faith-filled. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lifeonthefarminalabama | 2/4/2014

    " I really liked this book...very sad...I cried and really fell in love with the characters...such a sad time in history. its so hard to think things like this happened. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irene | 1/18/2014

    " audio -- I found this book well written as the christian author tells you the story of Esther through families residing in Brooklyn during WWII. Very calming. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate McBride | 1/14/2014

    " Totally uplifting and heart-warming page turner! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caitlin | 12/16/2013

    " Yet another great Lynn Austin book. I loved learning a bit about Jewish traditions and beliefs as well as about life during WWII. I saw some of the ending coming, but not all of it, and I enjoyed seeing how it came about very much. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Allie | 11/18/2013

    " I've read some good books by Lynn Austin, but this was not one of them. Didn't care for it at all. The writing wasn't so good, and the story line was...forced? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Virginia | 7/9/2013

    " This was a great book. Like a women's place this takes place during wwii and talked about brooklyn. All the sub stories were great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angie | 7/8/2013

    " I loved reading this books. I am sad I finished. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura Howe | 4/13/2013

    " I enjoyed this book very much. I learned much about Judiaism and the various holidays/celebrations. However, I was disappointed that there was no attempt to share Jesus with Mr Mendel. Also, the ending was a bit too neat. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kaylynn | 12/5/2012

    " I really enjoyed this book and how the characters all interacted. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hywel Owen | 10/16/2012

    " Not a bad read. Let down a bit as the plot development is very obvious, with few surprises. This would be okay if the writing style was a bit less pedestrian. But I did want to know how it ended. Disappointing ending though! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 7/24/2012

    " I really liked this book! Great story line and it really kept me wanting to read more. I love this era of history and it was fascinating to learn more about it. Ask me for more information if you're interested in reading this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angelina Anello-dennee | 3/9/2012

    " I would've given this five stars because it was so gripping and good until the last 50 pages. Then it became predictable and okay. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carmella | 10/15/2011

    " I absolutely loved this book. It was one of those few books that you can't wait to finish and at the same time you hate for it to end. What a wonderful blend of characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jtaylorjp06 | 9/23/2011

    " I'm a big Lynn Austin fan. Did not like this book as much as her others. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elaine Dransfield | 7/12/2011

    " This was absolutely one of the best books I've read. The story of Jewish people, their tragedies during WWII; blaming God for tragedies; learning how God will bring blessings into your life and is always aware of you. What a wonderful book, I highly recommend it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kayla | 5/22/2011

    " Sweet war story! What faith these characters showed! Reminds me of what my family must have gone through with my grandfather in WWII. He left for the war the day my aunt was born. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Megan | 5/7/2011

    " I was anxious during the whole book as I never knew if Penny was making good choices or not! This book hit a nerve and reminded me how thankful we are to have our freedoms but that they came with a heavy price. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 5/2/2011

    " This was an unexpectedly good find. Really great story about the homefront in Brooklyn during WWII. Loved the different aspects of the story and the characters were great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 4/25/2011

    " Loved it.. I needed a happy ending.. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 4/19/2011

    " Good WWII homefront story with a few interesting twists and turns, a little drama and a little mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina | 4/17/2011

    " First book from my church's book club that I actually really liked! Historical fiction is not a genre that I would normally read, but this one was really good! We get to have a teleconference with the author next Sunday! :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 4/14/2011

    " I liked the story and its characters. I especially liked the story line of Penny and how she was able to grow. Plus, it was great to learn more about the World War II and little bit about the Jewish faith. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Irene | 4/11/2011

    " audio -- I found this book well written as the christian author tells you the story of Esther through families residing in Brooklyn during WWII. Very calming. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 3/30/2011

    " Another great book by Lynn Austin. She is one of my favorite Christian authors. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 3/25/2011

    " This book started slow, but ended well. I've read most of Lynn Austin's books and this wasn't a bad book, but it was not my favorite either. "

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About the Author
Author Lynn Austin

Lynn Austin is an award-winning author of historical fiction novels. Five of her books, Hidden Places, Candle in the Darkness, Fire by Night, and Until We Reach Home, received Christy Awards for Excellence in Christian Fiction. Her novel Hidden Places was also made into a movie for the Hallmark channel, receiving an Emmy Award nomination in 2006. She received her BA from Southern Connecticut State University and studied biblical backgrounds and Archeology at Southwestern Theological Seminary. A former teacher who now writes and speaks full time, she currently lives outside of Chicago.

About the Narrator

Suzanne Toren has recorded hundreds of audiobooks and has earned twenty-nine Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She has received the Narrator of the Year Award for her audiobook recordings for the Library of Congress. She has performed on Broadway and in regional theaters in works penned by Shakespeare, Molière, and Arthur Miller. She has also appeared on Law & Order and in various soap operas.