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review 2015-08-10 07:12
A Master Plan for Rescue by Janis Cooke Newman
A Master Plan for Rescue: A Novel - Janis Cooke Newman

I started off really loving this book, both for the writing and the story.  But with the first perspective change to another character, it started to feel less compelling.  After the next move away from the main character, it felt like it took a further dive, becoming less believable and less plausible as it went on.  Disappointing, to say the least.

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review 2015-07-03 00:00
A Master Plan for Rescue: A Novel
A Master Plan for Rescue: A Novel - Janis Cooke Newman There are stories within this story. A boy who loses his distance vision, a man who grew up in New York with a Nazi sympathizer, a Jewish man who barely escaped Nazi Germany with his life, a young woman sneaked to New York from a refugee camp in western France. The boy's friends have fathers or brothers in the war. There are two mothers who are physically present but spiritually absent. Two boys construct elaborate stories around their departed loved ones. A man who can fix anything cannot fix his beloved's weak heart. Multiple love stories start with a wild, entrancing young woman with a faulty bicycle meeting a young man who can fix her bike.

Most enchantingly, the characters in this book have powers. Jack, the 12-year-old, can hear what people really mean, no matter what they say. His father can read people. Jakob, the Jewish-German-American, can make himself effectively invisible, attracting no attention to himself.

The plot is the stuff of dreams. Full of spies and secrets, these New Yorkers are far from the battlefield action, but thoughts of the war fill their minds. Jakob and Jack hatch a plan to rescue children from the French refugee camp, a plan that would never work, a plan that seems ludicrous, but they plan it and carry it out nonetheless. The story is very much of its place and time, but also very much of hope and dreams and love. It's a wonderful read.

I got a free copy of this from Panguin's First to Read program.
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review 2014-12-16 01:46
What's your purpose in life?
The Master's Plan: A Novel About Purpose (9999 Miracle Circle) (Volume 1) - Stephany Tullis

The Master's Plan is a wonderful story that provoked strong emotions and forced me to think about my own purpose. Witty banter, church politics and so much more.  Great book!



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review 2014-12-15 13:09
The Master's Plan: A Novel About Purpose (9999 Miracle Circle) (Volume 1) - Stephany Tullis

“The Master's Plan” by Stephanie Tully is an inspiring story about marriage, politics, purpose and faith. Selena Jones, second wife to Pastor Woodruff, becomes convinced that God has a mission for her on earth and – all inspired – goes about to realise her goal.
Things do not go smoothly with the Commissioner who promised to help her and with the church committee. It gets worse when her husband suddenly miraculously disappears.
In this inspiring tale, whose central message of faith is relevant also to non-Christians, hope, integrity, goodness and perseverance prevail.
The characters are not holier than thou but real people with real problems who aspire to solve their struggles the best they can.
A book about choices we make, temptation and belief. Told with sharp observations about human nature and behaviour, wit and humour and with a caring and warm tone this should appeal to many.

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review 2014-11-14 00:00
The Master's Plan
The Master's Plan - Stephany Tullis Highly recommended!!
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