I remember the first time I heard about children who were rescued from Czechoslovakia during WWII. I was on my first mission trip to the Czech Republic, and I told the Czech pastors that we were working with that I was interested in World War II. They took us to various sites around their village and a memorial to the Jews there who were lost during the war.
Later, back at our hosts’ home, Gabi—the pastor’s wife—told us about a man she knew who was rescued as a child during the war. Thomas was just 8-years-old when his mother put him on a train headed to England to save his life. The story stuck with me for years, even when I was busy writing other books.
And then I came across this video. Watch it, and you’ll get chills!
This is the novel that I wanted to write for years, and I’m thankful that I was able to share this amazing story. I cried real tears as I wrote, imagining what it would be like to put my children on a train—knowing I would never see them again—waiting to save their lives.
Here is a review of A Daring Escape from Amazon:
I’ve been a longtime fan of Tricia’s historical fiction. This one doesn’t disappoint. We see a heartbreaking, intriguing, and inspiring facet of WWII as refugees and ordinary heroes work together to survive in Czechoslovakia. I love historical fiction that makes me do my own research to learn more. This story did just that.
As an author, I love to be able to highlight true moments in history. Even more amazing is to be able to highlight true people.
You can listen in to a conversation between me and Thomas on my #WALKITOUT Podcast episode:
More about A Daring Escape
Danger Closes In.Can the Children be Rescued?
As the threat of World War II looms on the horizon, American Amity Mitchell is living a comfortable life abroad as a tutor in England. Life changes when an urgent telegram arrives from her brother, Andrew, summoning her to Prague. Nazi forces tighten their grip on the country, and Andrew’s efforts to help Jewish children escape Czechoslovakia grow desperate. Children’s lives are at risk. Amity knows she can’t ignore God’s call to join her brother’s cause.
Amity’s boss, Clark, arrives in Prague, urging her to return. Soon, he too finds himself helping prepare kindertransports bound for the safety of England. With the sound of German tanks rumbling over cobblestone streets, Amity and Clark race to save innocent lives. Will their prayers for deliverance be answered?
A Daring Escape is a gripping tale of hope, self-sacrifice, and the power of unrelenting love overcoming unspeakable hate.
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