by Leisha Kelly

September 2004
ISBN: 0-8007-5910-9
Reviewer Graphic Button Fleming H. Revell
Trade Paperback

This is a continuation novel about Samuel and Julia Wortham which is set during the years of the depression. Their family is getting by when Edward, Samuel’s brother, shows up on their doorstep with a little surprise. He has a child with him, a child he swears Samuel fathered.

This novel explores family life in all aspects: trust, forgiveness, and healing the past. I don’t think a reader can read this one without having read the previous books in the series, as this one does not seem to stand alone. Having not read them, I found myself lost and trying to figure things out much of the time.

Aside from that, the story seemed to drag through rather than keep the readers enthralled so that they couldn’t put it down. The characters weren’t real to this reviewer. Julia is constantly wondering what to do and questioning her actions as the story moves along. I wouldn’t think a mother would have to think twice about what to do with a child left in her care, even if the situation was temporary, yet everything Julia does for the girl, she doubts if it was the right move.

If you’ve read the other novels in this series, you might find this next installment to be a wonderful book. However, if you’ve yet to read them, this is not the story for you.

Reviewed in October 2004 by Katy.

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