• Title: In This Hospitable Land
  • Author: Lynmar Brock Jr.
  • ISBN: 9781935597469
  • Page: 301
  • Format: Paperback
  • In This Hospitable Land Award Winning Finalist in the Fiction Historical category of the International Book AwardsWhen the Germans invade Belgium in chemistry professor Andr Severin fears the worst His colleagues
    Award Winning Finalist in the Fiction Historical category of the 2012 International Book AwardsWhen the Germans invade Belgium in 1940, chemistry professor Andr Severin fears the worst His colleagues believe their social and political positions will protect them during the occupation, but Andr knows better He has watched Hitler s rise to power and knows the Nazis willAward Winning Finalist in the Fiction Historical category of the 2012 International Book AwardsWhen the Germans invade Belgium in 1940, chemistry professor Andr Severin fears the worst His colleagues believe their social and political positions will protect them during the occupation, but Andr knows better He has watched Hitler s rise to power and knows the Nazis will do anything to destroy their enemies For the Severins are Jews, non practicing, yes, but that won t matter to the Germans or to the Belgians desperate to protect themselves by informing on their neighbors And so Andr and his brother Alin take their parents, wives, and children and flee south But when France falls to the Nazis, the refugees are caught in a rural farming community where their only hope for survival is to blend in with the locals Fortunately, the Severins have come to Huguenot country, settled by victims of religious persecution who risk their own lives to protect the Jewish refugees and defy the pro Nazi government And as the displaced family grows to love their new neighbors, Andr and Alin join forces with the French Resistance to help protect them Based on one family s harrowing true story of survival, In This Hospitable Land is an inspirational novel about courage and the search for home in the midst of chaos.

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    1. Three stars, but I certainly don't love the book! I recommend it to those curious about a Jewish Belgian family's experiences during WW2. It reads as a book for young adults. It begins with the German occupation of Belgium, the initial bombing in Brussels and then it follows two families' flight to southern France. They are hidden by Huguenots in Languedoc, France. This is a novel, but is based on the author's family. The book is interesting, filled with all sorts of diverse details. It is about [...]

    2. Lynmar Brock, Jr. creates an intimate portrait of a family's history during WWII. In This Hospitable Land details the hardships experienced by the Severin family. The expansive time they suffered is astounding and their determination to survive, memorable. Historians and those readers with a particular interested in WWII (1940's) will find this a good read. However, the casual historical reading audience might discover the length grueling, daily life repetitive and despite the events, lacking in [...]

    3. This self-published book, historical fiction by category, is an interesting look into the plight/flight of a Jewish family at the beginning of WW II. Apparently the characters are based on relatives of the author's wife. The removal of a university professor and his immediate and extended family from Brussels to the south of France and a mountain farm with no plumbing was interesting on several levels. The adaptation of this urban, educated family to a farming life and participation in the Frenc [...]

    4. This was an interesting story, but poorly written. I found I had no emotional connection to any of the characters. The story was written matter of factly - they did this, then they that, then they went here etc. At one point, the main character's two young daughters were raped at school, and though they went to speak to the school teacher, there was no expression of horror, disgust, or any emotion. Overall it could have been a great book, but the writing limits it to 3 stars.

    5. I made it 20% of the way through, but the story was neither engaging nor able to keep my attention. Usually, I cannot stand to not finish a book, but I just could not bring myself to keep reading this one.

    6. Suspenseful, engaging, historical novelI really loved this book and the way that key aspects of the Nazi occupation of France were woven through the experience of a particular Belgian family seeking refuge in the rugged French countryside. It made me appreciate how people came together in such a time of inhumanity

    7. Lynmar Brock unveils the story of his wife's family's survival during WWII. Of Jewish ancestry, the Sauverin family flees Belgium just ahead of the Nazi occupation. The family drives to France, where they are initially welcomed. However, France soon becomes occupied by the German army forcing the family to flee further to the south of France. They settle in a mountainous, rugged farming community living among the descendants of the French Huguenots. Amid the turmoil for their survival, the famil [...]

    8. 3.5 ★---In This Hospitable Land is a moving WW2 adventure that begins in Brussels, Belgium on May 10, 1940 and ends in Brussels on October 9, 1944.Based on one family's harrowing true survival story,we find factual account of a Jewish family (Severin), forced from their home in Belgium during the Nazi invasion of Europe in World War II."Members of the Severin family fled the Wehrmacht’s invasion and ultimately settled in the Cevennes area of rural southern France only to find themselves caug [...]

    9. Very interesting read. The story is a WWII survival story of one non-practicing Jewish family from Belgium and how they are protected in the south of France by various locals. The writing style is interesting, as large gaps of time are passed from chapter to chapter to carry the story from approximately 1940 to 1945; and much of the dialogue can be randomly intense and deep, and almost seems like someone's more internal thoughts. As the story was based on real history, with some name changes, it [...]

    10. This novel reads like a true story and it is based on one. It tells of two Belgium Jewish brothers Andre and Alex and their families as they escape from Belgium and pursuit by Nazi Germany throughout WWII. The brothers and their families end up in occumpied France and hide in the rural outposts by making a living as farmers - a much different life from their intellectual, middle class lives in Brussels. At first they are able to keep their families together (parents, wives, children) but as the [...]

    11. I was debating whether to give this book three or four stars, but I really think it deserves praise for its subject. This is a captivating aspect of WWII, featuring Belgian refugees exiled to Nazi occupied France, the hospitality they encounter in the remote mountain villages of the southern country, and their role in the Resistance. I was previously unaware of the political upheaval in France during Germany’s control, the complacency of the Vichy government, and the role of simple peasants in [...]

    12. Inspired by real events, Brock attempts to tell the true story of the Juliard family. Two brothers married two sisters and led a middle class life in Brussels until Hitler's bombs made life unbearable.Andre, a chemistry professor helped his family realize that they must leave for France. Through a set of luck and good instincts, the families ended up in the Cevennes, a mountainous area in south central France. The region was a refuge for the Protestant Huguenots, a group who suffered at the hand [...]

    13. Thrilling historyThis is an excellent book, with quite detailed accounts of a family's struggles in France and Belgium during WWII. Very thought provoking and an enjoyable read.

    14. This is a compelling story of World War II about 2 brothers from Brussels who flee to France to outrun the Germans. Andre and Alex Sauverin are Jewish by birth but don’t practice their faith traditions. This does not mean however that they are safe from Hitler’s army when it conquers Belgian. They take their family, 10 people altogether including children and parents to southern France to wait out the war so they can return to their lives. Andre, a professor and Alex, a stamp trader live a q [...]

    15. I loved this book. I was surprised at how many people did not like it as much. I appreciate learning more about WWII, The French Resistance, The Huguenots, and the countryside and people of that region. It moved me to read more about the Huguenots and the type of caring people they were and what they went through. I was unfamiliar with what happened in this region during WWII. The faith story of Andre is interesting. How he struggled with being a pacifist and yet fighting for his family and peop [...]

    16. hopewellmomschoolrebornsp link to my review on my blog Half way point. Very, very compelling--I WANT to know what happens next. Still, has to be the worst dialogue ever! And how can a child be MOLESTED and it's dismissed in a sentence or two?? And, it happens TWICE. Still, It's holding me attention and then some so I'd call those two complaints nit-picking.A professional editor could turn this into a great book. The French Resistance, the changes in the characters spiritual lives, etc, make a ve [...]

    17. WWII and the Nazis are the backdrop for this beautiful book about a Jewish family in Belgium. Three generations—two proper and refined parents, sisters married to two brothers, their children—escape Belgium in the nick of time during the German Occupation. The story beautifully expressed—“Fascists were splitting the world. Physicists were splitting the atom. It was hard to guess which was more dangerous…” (page 25).Brock takes us along for the harsh journey, and we see first-hand how [...]

    18. Based on a true story. Andre S. Is a chemistry professor in Brussels when the war breaks out. He is also a non-practicing Jew but realizes that means little to the Nazi's. Together with his family, his brother and his family and their parents, they flee to Southern France to an area inhabited by descendants of Huguenots. There they try to blend in, working the land as the local farmers do. Andre with his background tries to discover crops that would grow and help feed them. They earn the respect [...]

    19. As seen in the first ten minutes of Inglorious Basterds, living in France during WWII was no picnic, especially if you were Jewish or harbored Jewish refugees. The protagonist family flees Belgium soon after war breaks out and spends most of the book traveling south through France, staying one step ahead of the authorities. But because they're always one (or two or three) steps ahead, there is little of the sense of imminent danger in Tarantino's opening scene, or for that matter, The Diary of A [...]

    20. a view of WWII from a new perspectiveThis family of non-practicing Jews, fled Brussels and lived worked and hid in the rugged mountains of Southern France for the duration of the war. This would not have been possible without the help, watchfulness and complete cooperation of the descendants of the Huguenots that populated this region hundreds of years before during their time of religious persecution. These are strong people with forceful personalities and clear views of right and wrong and mor [...]

    21. Agree totally with Charlie's comments. I Felt simplistically written, could have been written by a child or young adult. And ii just felt it wasn't going anywhere. Not that it needed to but was just flat. Good descriptions of times & hardships therein but somehow unrealistic at the same time. The family dimensions didn't ring true & how come every villager everywhere thought them so worthy of going overboard to help, protect & give so much of their very precious own. I do think they [...]

    22. While this book had a good premise, it falls flat. The beginning is a little boring. I kept reading simply because I hoped it would get more interesting. There were parts that were interesting to read, such as the parts about the French resistance. I never quite connected to the characters. they were almost so unlikable that I never really cared what happened to them. Alex was disagreeable for the most part; Genevieve and Andre both frequently acted like they were better than everyone else. I wi [...]

    23. Fascinating readingI learned a great many things from this book that I knew little or nothing about. The extent of the French resistence during WWII. The way the people lived in the mountains in the South of France. The people who collaborated with the Nazis. That this book is based on a true story and on real people who lived through those terrible times makes it particularly fascinating.

    24. A Very Good True StoryThis book was very good from beginning to end. It tells of a family's courage and pluck to live in another country where new and abiding friendships are forged to last forever despite Hitler and his evil regime against the Jewish people and all who would protect them. It is the story of French resistance and valor. A must read for sure!

    25. A compelling fictional account of two Belgian Jewish families who escaped to France and were hidden by the Huguenots. The story is based on real people and events. While I agree with others that at times the narrative was matter-of-fact, given the gravity of the situation, I thought the author handled his wife's family history with sensitivity rather than sensationalism.

    26. A new story and new experiencesI loved the freshness of this historical true story. Typically stories from Jewish survivors of ww2 are about concentration camps. This was a new perspective. It is a true story of bravery and suffering from a family who survived so much together.

    27. A great story ranging from the start of the Nazi regime to the end of Hitler's reign and the struggle the Sovereigns go through to get away from the unknown terror that is the concentration camp. It really brings to light the French government and how the French resistance tried so desperately to overthrow it while fighting Hitler's army. A little slow at first but a great read none the less.

    28. This was an enjoyable read: semi-fictional story about a Belgian Chemistry professor who hides with his family in the mountains of France during WW II, living as a farmer (including husking chestnuts and introducing the soybean to local agriculture) and then joining the Resistance. I am sympathetic to all of this!

    29. Courage in the Face of WarWhat do you do when you have no choices? The best you can. A whole family and community doing just that. Not always brave, not without qualms or fear but living day by day for over four years with a stress level that can reduce resolve to jelly. Many good characters and also good history.

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