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The story of the Reverend John Fletcher, who adopts 5 war orphans after WWII and takes them to a small coal mining town in America to live....

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ISBN : 9780006117728
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Number of Pages : 478 Pages
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Tender Victory Reviews

  • Sonia Gomes
    2019-02-18 15:25

    Why is this wonderful book not read more often?A Protestant Minister adopts a group of five orphans,after going through miles of red tape in the aftermath of the Second World War. Jean, Max, Pietro, Kathy and Emily have faced the ravages of the Second World War, orphans from different parts of Europe banded together scavenging food living like wild animals in an old abandoned house. The Pastor rescues them from a mob ready to lynch them.In America, where he thinks there will be more tolerance, things are not much better, there is intolerance everywhere, the group of orphans survives with the help of the Doctor and the Housekeeper and so many others, ordinary people living in little towns going about their daily lives but with great big warm hearts ready to love a group of strange children The book is filled with tremendous love, laughter, sadness, compassion, all tiny things which make life interesting and worth living. Christmas, planting trees in their first garden, new clothes and new shoes.The Doctor's and the Housekeeper's battles are like warm bread straight from the oven.The orphans battle to live life once again, forgetting their terrible past and the families they once had. Not once do these orphans look back to a time when they all had families. Do they remember those times, we never know, but they forge ahead.Such bravery and determination !

  • Laura
    2019-03-03 18:21

    What happens when a Protestant minister adopts 5 children coming from the Holocaust and decides to live with them at a small mining town in America?If you want to know, just read this book. Or not.4* The Arm and the Darkness5* A Pillar of Iron4* Dear and Glorious Physician4* The Earth Is the Lord's: A Tale of the Rise of Genghis Khan4* The Final Hour5* Captains And The Kings2* The Romance of Atlantis3* The Late Clara Beame3* Ceremony of the Innocent4* Answer as a Man1* The Listener2* A Tender VictoryTR Dynasty Of Death (The Eagles Gather, The Final Hour)TR The Wide HouseTR Testimony of Two MenTR This Side of InnocenceTR Glory and the LightningTR Never Victorious, Never DefeatedTR Wicked Angel

  • Becky
    2019-03-01 16:24

    First sentence: When matters, events, or people bored or exhausted or troubled Dr. Francis Stevens, he would retire mentally to a pleasant place where he could reflect on the fact that he so closely resembled Francis Cardinal Spellman that it had become an affectionate joke between him and his friend.Premise/plot: Johnny Fletcher, the hero, is a young military chaplain returning to the States from Europe. He's bringing with him five orphaned children. His friend, Dr. Stevens, has arranged a job for him. He'll be a minister in a small mining town, Barryfield. But adjusting to a "normal" life after the war is tougher than he ever imagined. Both for him and his children. In part because he is determined to raise two of his children as Catholics, two as Protestants, and one Jewish. Fortunately, Barryfield has a Catholic church, a synagogue, and his own Protestant church where he'll be ministering. Unfortunately, Barryfield's residents--except for three or four people--have a mob mentality and are easily upset and ready to explode in outright violence at the drop of a hat. They also are a strong hold of Communists.My thoughts: Edward Bulwer-Lytton wrote, "The pen is mightier than the sword." The pen--or more likely typewriter--becomes a machine gun in the hands of Taylor Caldwell. Books should never be this poorly written.Literary issues. The book is not character-driven. It is not plot-driven. It is not even premise-driven. It is driven by ideas or anti-ideas. The book is just as much about what it is FOR as what it is AGAINST. The characters do not exist in their own right but exist merely for being the voices of various ideological ideas or positions. Which leads to the problem I have with the dialogue. I feel like the dialogue is essentially a tool, a hammer. Every single page, the dialogue is hammering something. Every single time a character opens his or her mouth, it's to hammer down an idea for the readers. The dialogue doesn't come across as natural because every word is an opportunity to preach a message.Content issues. This book about a minister has a lot of curse words, which may or may not be offensive to the average reader. (Depending on the word and how often it is used--that is my standard.) This one has blasphemy. If the characters weren't supposed to be Christian, if so much of this one didn't take place in the church or in the church parsonage, if this was your typical, modern book--I wouldn't be surprised or taken aback by that.Theological issues. So the main point of this book seems to be singing the praises of tolerance. All religions lead to the same God; there are many roads, many paths, many ways to finding God. No matter what name you call him, God is God. The content of what you believe doesn't matter so long as you're sincere. One religion is not "better" than the other. One is not "more true" or "less true." Even when the religions disagree with each other unmistakably--they all lead to God in the end, and all is well. It's best to let people come to their own knowledge and understand of who God is. He's there to inspire love and kindness here on earth. If John Lennon's Imagine had been a single, I bet Johnny Fletcher would have gone around singing it day and night, night day.The extremes irritated me. It seemed there were only two options of thinking in the novel. If you don't agree with Fletcher on whatever issue has come up, then you are the ENEMY with rocks ready to throw, knives ready to stab, matches ready to burn. And there are many issues in this one. For example, the environment, unions, communism, nuclear programs, education, religion, politics, etc.The low point of this one--and I mention it on purpose--is when the parsonage is BURNED DOWN on Christmas Eve with everyone still inside. It's one thing for the presents to go up in flames and be lost. It's quite another to introduce a new puppy for the children a chapter before and kill off the dog. Oh. His dying from congenital heart problems daughter also dies within a day or two because of the shock and trauma of the fire.There are moments when Fletcher says something I agree with. A broken clock, a stopped clock, is right at least twice a day.

  • Mary
    2019-03-15 14:34

    A Protestant minister is a chaplain in war torn Europe. He rescues five starving and traumatised orphans from the many scrabbling for survival in Germany and brings them home to America with him. He is deeply disturbed to find that his first parish will not accept his children and moves to a much poorer town to take up a ministry. Part of the difficulty his parishioners have is his insistance that the children should be brought up in the faith of their original families. The concept that all faith paths lead to the deity was pretty radical for its day. This book is strongly a product of its time and place (mid 20th Century and middle class white America) but is still worth reading. It even has something of a critique of it's own society to a degree. If you are going to critique your way through it though, you are probably not going to enjoy it. It's a great story and very engaging but make sure you have the tissues.

  • Kaeeap
    2019-03-06 15:42

    written in 1956 but just as fresh and applicable now as then, with exception of some Communist ranting, otherwise the anti immigrant dialogue could have come right out of the Trump playbook

  • Chloe
    2019-02-28 21:20

    Every so often voracious readers come across a book that makes them say, “Why isn’t this more popular?” I felt this way about Taylor Caldwell’s touchingly brilliant novel Tender Victory. The story is about a young protestant minister who has adopted a group of children who were severely traumatized by their experiences in WWII concentration camps. However, America is not a land of comfort for the refugees. The reverend and his children face persecution, misunderstanding, prejudice and even hostility from the denizens of the little steel town where they live. With the aid of a friendly but sarcastic doctor, they struggle to make their way and help improve the lives of those around them. This proves to be difficult when the owner of the local (and communist) paper decides to stand against the reverend and his children.Those who are familiar with Taylor Caldwell’s books (and sadly, that is a small group indeed) will not be disappointed. Caldwell’s trademark wit, fully developed characters, page-turning plot, lyrical prose and poignant insights into human nature and the state of the world are as present –and brilliant– as ever. Every character is real to the reader, and (cliché or not) you WILL find yourself laughing and crying with them. In fact, only the most hardhearted cynics could read this book and never feel the prickling of tears. But, the story’s sorrowful points (many as there are) are broken up by Caldwell’s colorful characters and amusing situations. The doctor, for example, often helps bring a much needed respite from the somber tale with his brusque behavior and snappy sense of humor. And there are sweet moments of familial bliss, as well as a love story. In all, it is a regular potpourri of human emotions, as real and as varied as life itself. And should it be any less? After all, this is what fans have come to expect from Caldwell books, and this tale does not disappoint. A genuinely uplifting story, free of sentimentality and fluffiness, and as real as they come, Tender Victory is a victory of English prose. (Note: Caldwell’s insights into world issues make this book a must read for any Westerner who wants to know just what went wrong in the world and what we should do to fix it.)

  • A Enwright
    2019-02-22 16:40

    So I gave this book 5 stars, not because it's Dostoevsky, but because it is top of the line for its genre.So yes, it's very much a period piece... published 10 years after World War 2, you can see how much that war impacted life in the 50's, that 10 years after, issues of that war were still very much in the minds and lives of the people here. At the very least, it helps a person understand what life was like back then and in that sense is a period piece. Yes, there are portions in there that strain credulity and some characters that are not as well drawn as others, some passages are trite, and situations which you think probably could never happen... but it is a novel, not a documentary. By the end of the book, we know why each character is motivated to act they way they do, and that part of it reads like a Perry Mason mystery. On a 5 star rating system, I would give the plot 3 stars, and the writing 4 to 5 stars. I love the way in which Caldwell writes down her thoughts about history and (what for her were current events) through her novels. She has a real genius for doing so.Relevant for today are issues of family, adoption, media bias, prejudice, etc. There are passages in here that are beautifully and wonderfully written. The book in its own way is a meditation on faith. It shows a remarkable (from a 21st century point of view) respect for faith, and also for leaders of various faiths (in this book, Jewish, Protestant, and Catholic). It also shows through the main character John Fletcher the implications of being a living example of faith. It reminded me very much of the movie It's a Wonderful Life by Frank Capra. It has the warmth of that movie and draws the reader in to the same degree. It's as superficial in some of it plot lines, but the novel is deeper than that movie in that you are drawn into the mind and hearts of the characters in a way not possible with the movies. It is a somewhat idealized view of both the dark and light sides of small town American life in the post world war II era and thus an interesting read for anyone interested in that period of history.

  • Carla Suzanne
    2019-02-28 18:37

    Written back in the day when women did "women's work".. it is still a very good novel about the end of WWII when there were packs of roving orphans that would terrorize parts of Europe because they had nothing. It is about a man with a mission to save just a few of them. This is my mother's favorite book and she gave me a copy when I was in about seventh grade. I have given copies of it to my daughter and to others. There are hard parts to get through, but over all it shows how much compassion we humans can have.. and how much bigotry we can have. Very good read but be ready with a tissue in some parts...

  • Jim
    2019-03-10 19:24

    Overall the book was inspiring and did keep my interest. It was the age old struggle of good vs. evil, which I tend to enjoy. The politics of the era I found interesting as many of the mindsets seem to be repeating and relevant today. Since the book appears to be Christian fiction, I struggled with the reverend and other characters using the Lord's name in vane. There is also mild profanity. From a Biblical stand point I also struggled with the reverends repeated statement that all religions/faiths of the world lead to God.

  • Adele Geraghty
    2019-03-04 15:28

    I like to read old books, the way I like to watch old movies. I read this little gem when I was in HS and was thoroughly engrossed. Time marches on. Politial views and social mores have undergone many transformations since then. If one isn't deterred by gender roles having changed drastically since this was written, and takes it at face value, this can still be a good read. A must for those who enjoy period pieces, nostalgia, heart-felt family values and a good old fashioned weepy. Break out the tissues and stroll down memory lane; this is a five star epic.

  • John Strassel
    2019-02-28 17:35

    This is one of the best books I have ever read. Heartwarming, inspiring and thought provoking. I have read quite a few Taylor Caldwell books and enjoyed most of them. She gets a little conspiracy-minded at times, bit is one of my favorite authors. Her prose is meticulous and poetic at times, which might make her a difficult read for some, but Tender Victory is a novel that moves quickly and is highly engaging. A great read.

  • Shirley Freeman
    2019-03-18 15:39

    I remember liking Taylor Caldwell books as a highschooler so I decided to re-read one of the books on my shelf. It was written in 1957 and it sure is dated. It's sort of a combination of Ayn Rand, Laura Ingalls Wilder and Jesus. There is plenty of anticommunist philosophy, larger-than-life tragedies and joys, and a social gospel of intense love of God and neighbor. I'm glad I reminded myself of her books, but I'm probably ready to pass them on to the used bookstore now.

  • Audrey Webster
    2019-03-06 16:40

    Loved the book and as always Taylor Caldwell's writing. While religious it relates historically to the times and attitudes of the US after WWII. The story of one man leading to right wrongs while trying to assimilate his 5 war orphans to America.

  • Margareth8537
    2019-03-06 21:21

    I read this at the same time that I read Morris West's Second Victory and have always linked the two books.The Tender Victory shows the possibility of good people being able to achieve something, despite everything that is thrown against them.A very affirming book

  • Rae
    2019-02-20 13:23

    A Protestant minister adopts five children from Europe after WWII and tries to help them assimilate into his community.

  • Carole Jarvis
    2019-02-27 13:46

    A classic by Taylor Caldwell. Tender love story, spiritual themes. This ranks as one of my very favorites.

  • Joyce
    2019-02-28 16:19

    A good read about a minister who adopts 5 orphans in the aftermath of the World War II.

  • Marian Kaye
    2019-03-13 14:44

    I love this story. The young chaplin from the war adopting five orphans from the Holocaust and how they become a whole family in Pennsylvania coal country. Very tender story.

  • Debbie
    2019-02-22 20:21

    I really enjoyed this book. It is very interesting that a book written the year I was born carries so many themes that are current in todays world. It's a good story and an enjoyable read.

  • Lee
    2019-02-23 20:45

    Considered a "period piece", but the old fashioned values still hold. This is a very uplifting book.

  • Pandemo
    2019-03-12 19:21

    In my family, the best paperback books are easy to spot. They are inevitably held together by rubber bands - a sure sign of a much-loved book, one worth buying in hardbound.

  • Wyyknot
    2019-02-24 21:39

    Tender victory by Taylor Caldwell (1956)