Review: Courage Times Three by Brenda Brown Elliott

brendaCourage Times Three by Brenda Brown Elliott

COURAGE TIMES THREE. A NOVEL is a heartwarming while eye opening epic saga of life in Europe during the world wars.

WWII left millions more jobless, homeless and even worse, without families than WWI. Their biggest challenge was to remain alive and keep their sanity. Meet Lilly, Madeleine and Lorraine, three courageous women accomplishing unfathomable feats by merely staying alive. Every obstacle was eased by strong Christian convictions. Faith and hope traveled alongside them from tragedy to triumph, Europe to America.

A compelling family saga, their appreciation for life, with undeniable perseverance, gave way to rising above all losses.

Continued travels to fabulous vacation destinations provided these pillars of strength with endearing joy and peace, with continuous reminders that this is only a temporary stop in our spiritual lives, experienced within the human realm. “


Courage times three is a unique read. There is so much history and tragedy- it is written almost as a memoir. You hear stories and you see shows on television about Nazi’s but nothing prepares you for the full horror of what it was like. Brenda Brown Elliott does it beautifully with heart and soul- and not relying on gimmicky clichés.

The authors voice is so true you could believe that she experienced this events first hand.

Lilly, Madeline and Lorraine are paragons of faith. No matter what life threw at them, they handled it with faith. Battling two world wars and emigrating to America- these women never lost hope.

There is so much more in this book, like Lilly and Valentin’s tender love story that defies all the odds. You just have to read it to believe it. Some label this book as Christian fiction, but I don’t agree. This is a book about love hope and faith and it is for everyone; it shouldn’t be pigeon holed into one genre.

Overcoming is a big theme in the novel and how families cope with adversity and triumph.

For me, on a personal note: This book is an allegory. An allegory on how to succeed at life by having faith. Brenda Brown Elliott and her strong role model characters showed me what every woman should aspire to- true grace.


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