Lynn Austin's new book If I Were You: A Novel is fabulous! If you like historical fiction, this is a must read.
Eve and Audrey were unlikely best friends. Audrey was "to the manor born," and Eve was the daughter of a lady's maid. Audrey was shy and did not like to take risks; Eve was courageous and grasp hold of the joys of each day. Audrey has a marginal faith; Eve had the deep faith taught by her grandmother and mother. Each envied the life of the other.
The events of WWII changed both young women. Eve lost her family, her home, and eventually her faith. Audrey's faith grew as did her courage. Together they waged their own war on Hitler by becoming ambulance drivers. They were part of the horrors of the bombings of London and Liverpool. Together, they grew to love two American servicemen. Audrey married her young man; Eve could not because he was married.
It is a story of heartbreaking tragedy, unrelenting courage, and friendship forged in the fires of war....A story of forgiveness, faith, and hope for the future.
Gripping and Historically Accurate
Published by tjiloveconducting , 2 months ago
In typical Lynn Austin fashion, I was treated to completely new characters in this WWII novel. It's amazing to me how life-like and unique the personas she creates are. I don't get plotlines or characters confused with any of her other MANY books, because she is such a masterful writer.
I really loved the nitty gritty of this book. She got into the details about WWII job positions in England and I truly learned so much more about this time period. The book had my attention immediately, and I even ended up finishing it in one day!
I noticed an early review remarked that there was a lot of immorality in this Christian book. I just feel it's important to point out that all Lynn was doing was showing a worldly lifestyle outside of our great God. There is redemption, forgiveness, self-sacrifice, tenacity, and other important themes that make this book very worthwhile.
So, why the four-star review? I thought that the end was too rushed. I don't want to get into details as I definitely feel you should read this yourself, but there just seemed to be be so much lacking at the conclusion. This is definitely not typical Austin style, and I was left at the finale feeling let down.
Would I recommend reading it? ABSOLUTELY. Although it is personally not one of my favorites of hers, I really enjoyed it and I know I'll even reread it because I'm sure I'll catch something I missed last time. Her weaving of history in with incredible storylines is remarkable. I'm always blown away by her God-given talent.
Published by CL , 2 months ago
WWII. 2 young ladies. 2 families. 2 decades. Loss. Forgiveness.
Once I picked up “If I Were You” I couldn’t put it down!
Published by Christina Johnson , 2 months ago
This Christian historical fiction novel is based on an unlikely friendship between two women in London during World War ll. It was written beautifully and Very well researched. Constant plot twists kept me on the edge of my seat!
Excellent story of friendship and forgiveness
Published by KarenM , 2 months ago
As an avid reader of historical fiction and non-fiction, I didn’t think there was any aspect to WWII I hadn’t encountered. Yet Lynn Austin surprised me with her characters being involved in ways I hadn’t read about yet. If I Were You is a deep story of 2 women—theirs lives, their choices, and their friendship. It’s a tale of hope amidst great trials and gives that hope to the reader. Ms. Austin creates such depth to her characters you truly feel as if you know them. I laughed, I cried, I worried. I will say however, that though the first chapter gripped me immediately, I then felt things moved a bit slow in the next several chapters. But the fact is, those chapters laid important groundwork for understanding the characters and the story quickly “picked back up.” I hated leaving this story and can’t recommend it enough.
Summer Must Read
Published by Ecclecticnurse , 2 months ago
ABSOLUTELY RIVETING!!!! From the gorgeous cover inviting me in to the very last sentence, I was hooked. Austin has such a way with words that draws you in and make you feel as though you are a part of the scene itself. The story is perfectly beautiful and broken and redeemed in all of the best ways. If I hadn't already been a fan of Lynn Austin, this would have made me become one. I highly recommend this book.
I received and advanced readers copy to read and review. These options expressed are completely my own.
Another wonderful Lynn Austin read!
Published by BetsyD , 2 months ago
With every Lynn Austin book I read, I anticipate wonderfully developed characters, an interesting plot and a captivating writing style that all bewitch me into leaving all household chores undone until I've finished the book! This book was no different. The historical setting alone is worth reading the book. Austin is masterful at researching the historical context and using subtle details to help us understand the larger picture, in this case, WWII. Unlike other books set in this time period, the setting is not in continental Europe nor in the United States, but primarily in England.
We are introduced to Eve and Audrey, the two main characters, who are both interestingly best friends as well as a maid and her mistress. These two must face both internal and external challenges that at times threaten to tear them apart or bring them together. They discover the pains and joys of true friendship and each challenge the other to grow in ways they perhaps could not on their own. They challenge one another's faith in believing that God is good and God is near to those who are broken-hearted. There is romance, wartime adventure, deaths, births and many other life experiences that mark their journeys together. The switch in time periods- from late 1930's to 1950's, throughout the book lends to its unique twists.
Austin not only provides a beautiful story with inspiring characters set in a fascinating setting, but does so in a way that reminds the readers of the most important truths of all-- the truths of the Gospel. Her subtle but purposeful message highlights the timelessness of the hope and salvation that all men and women need, regardless of nationality, economic status, age, time period. Austin weaves these truths throughout the book in such a way as to not distract from the plot or characters, but to develop them in a very realistic and intentional way. I recommend this book to you as a beautiful piece of historical fiction than will do more than leave you saying, "what a great book" and instead leave you considering, "what a wonderful Savior"!
Beautifully Spun Tale of Friendship
Published by ficauthor23 , 2 months ago
From the first to the last page, Lynn Austin’s new novel is a beautifully spun tale of friendship and courage as wonderful and unique as her other novels. Her characters are real and raw, more like actual people than characters in a book and her plot is fresh and engaging. I appreciate the way she uses history as both a backdrop for her stories and a catalyst for the plot, while staying true to the events as they were and the impact they had on those who lived through them.
I will always suggest Lynn Austin’s books to those looking for something historically based, artfully written, and thought invoking.
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