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Rev. Johnny Fletcher serves wounded soldiers from the battlefield as a military chaplain during World War II. His forte is spiritual solace in the darkest of times, but his life changes when he performs a public heroic act: facing down an angry mob intent on attacking five young Holocaust survivors. Upon learning they have no homes or families to return to, Fletcher decides to bring them to America.

To his dismay, his coal-mining community of Barryfield, Pennsylvania, greets this makeshift family with prejudice and distrust. Beneath the town's placid surface run buried religious divisions. Fletcher's commitment to raising the children according to their individual faiths - two Protestant, two Catholic, and one Jewish - meets with horrific levels of intolerance. Dealing with such prejudice turns more sinister still when a local newspaper publisher cynically uses the story for his own purposes.

Together with Lorry Summerfield, the beautiful, disillusioned daughter of Barryfield's most powerful figure, Fletcher must try to awaken the townspeople to the better angels of their nature before it's too late.

©1957 Taylor Caldwell (P)2020 Tantor

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  • Fleur de Jardine
  • 24-01-21

Written in the 50’s relevant today.

This is the third Taylor Caldwell book that I have read and like the others I became immersed in the historical time with a sort gut-wrenching ‘deja vu’.
The narration was excellent 👏

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  • happy knitter
  • 16-12-20

Long story bu good

The story moved along and had different characters who were easy to follow. Lots of exciting moments. Highly recommend this book.

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  • Yolanda W.
  • 05-10-20

Powerful

Powerful, beautifully told, moving story set in the aftermath in WW2. I originally read “Tender Victory” by Taylor Caldwell as a teen. Listening to it on audio decades later, I find it has only increased in potency. Must read.

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