April Gold! First I want to say that this isn't christian romance, it is faith-inspired story with a hint of romance. It is a second book I have read by this author and I look forward to read many more. Second, I really think the writing the characters were delightful and exciting!!! You just cannot relay their conversations without delight. I loved it. This story is about a family that found happiness and fulfillment while rich, through the loss of it all and in the life as dirt-poor hardworking little family. It is an indescribable blessing to find joy in any and every situation that God puts you in. This novel stole my heart by Bat's transformation and more so by Rilla's retelling of 12 legions that protect us christians. We should never forget it. Mother Reed and Pat were adorable in their eagerness to stoop to the level of poor uneducated wild neighbors to share treats as well as God's hope of salvation with them. Hard to put down writing. Funny. Very touching and tear full at some parts. And totally inspiring all over.
Disclaimer: I got a free copy of this book from Barbour Publishing through NetGalley.com, in exchange for my honest opinion.
This book embodies just about everything that is beautiful and helpful in a GLH book. Instead of the opening chapters centering on the heroine, our attention is on her brother--and what a noble person he is! Other noteworthy themes: willingness to sacrifice just about everything for others (in this case, one's family), hard work, acceptance of extreme disappointment, the inspiration and guidance provided by an older person (in this case, the mother), compassion of those outside of one's economic circle, the worthlessness of a luxurious lifestyle as compared to the worth of individuals--and, above all, serving Christ faithfully and being available to Him to use in others' lives. On beginning this book, I truly did not want to lay it down. Don't miss this absolutely worthy example of GLH's ideals!