In This Hospitable Land by Lynmar Brock Jr.

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Award-Winning Finalist in the Fiction: Historical category of the 2012 International Book Awards

When the Germans invade Belgium in 1940, chemistry professor André Severin fears the worst. His colleagues believe their social and political positions will protect them during the occupation, but André 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 André 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, André 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.


About Lynmar Brock Jr.

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Lynmar Brock, Jr. is a former US Navy officer who served in the Pentagon in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Rotary International, where he spent time administering polio vaccines in India and Madagascar, as well as overseeing the committee coordinating shelter and care for Afghan refugees in Pakistan. Brock is married with two sons and resides in Pennsylvania. In This Hospitable Land is his second book. His first, Must Thee Fight, was self-published in 2006.
Published April 26, 2011 by AmazonEncore. 607 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Fleeing the Wehrmacht’s invasion of their native Belgium, André Severin, his brother Alin, their wives and four children head south until the German victory over France strands them in the southern French region of Cévennes.

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