‘For Such a Time’ Christian Romance Novel About Nazi & Concentration Camp Victim

Have you heard about this Christian romance that is taking the romance world by storm?

Found this fascinating article in the Jewish Weekly:

German thinker Theodor Adorno famously stated that it’s barbaric to write poetry after Auschwitz — but he said nothing about romance novels.

For author Kate Breslin, the Holocaust apparently provided just the right amount of narrative tension for her new book, “For Such a Time,” inspired by the Book of Esther.

The novel, which chronicles the blossoming affections between Hadassah Benjamin, a blonde-haired, blue-eyed Jewish inmate of the Czech concentration camp Theresienstadt, and Aric von Schmidt, a German commander, was nominated for two RITA awards, given by the Romance Writers’ Association, and has generated outrage in the romance writers community.

“The fact that this book was nominated in two categories is deeply hurtful,” author Sarah Wendell wrote in an open letter to the RWA board of directors and posted online. “I don’t understand exactly how so many judges agreed that a book so offensive and insensitive was worthy of the RWA’s highest honor.”

“For Such a Time” was nominated for best first book and best inspirational romance of 2014. “Inspirational” is romance-novel code for “Christian.”

The book was published by Bethany House, which deems itself the “pioneer and leader in Christian fiction.” And Breslin’s biography begins, “I’m grateful that I’m a follower of Jesus Christ.”

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