This is a beautifully written fictional account of Jen Gibbs, a big city editor faced with the serendipitous chance to track down the story of a lifetime in the Appalachian region that she thought she had purposefully left behind forever. When a mysterious unfinished manuscript appears on her desk, she is drawn into the fascinating world of Rand and Sarra, as they struggle to overcome the trappings of their own pasts and reach for God’s purposes for their lives.
As Jen returns to her roots to research the rest of the story set in the 1800’s, she is faced with the difficult family relationships of her childhood. The bittersweet bonds between Jen and her sisters, who are still living with poverty and abuse in a domineering religion, are a touching aspect of this novel.
Themes of redemption, hope, and faith make this book so powerfully moving and worthwhile. Character development is completely believable and entertaining. The author skillfully weaves the two narratives together and builds momentum until the delightful end. I thoroughly enjoyed the “story within a story” style of writing and easily read these 400 or so pages within a few days. I don’t typically read fiction but am interested in reading more of Lisa Wingate.
Required Federal Trade Commission disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by the publisher through the Tyndale Blog Network in exchange for an honest appraisal.