The was the first book I’ve read by Nancy Shew Bolton, so I was not sure what to expect, but I enjoyed the book very much. I felt she wrote the characters in a realistic way that made it easy for me to imagine them going about their day. Their reactions were in line for the time period, as were their views. I have to admit, reading this made me wish our world today could go backwards into a time when people put God first rather than themselves.
There was one small plot that had a big impact on me. There was a time when Sarah was discussing her feelings with a man (I don’t want to spoil it for you!). She admitted to him the she loved him more than the Lord and she felt a little jealous of him declaring he would always put the Lord first. I can personally relate to this, as I feel my human nature makes me think I will always love my husband the most and put him first. But if we are to stay true to God’s desire for us, we need to put Him first. I appreciated the author including this part of the storyline. I enjoyed seeing how Sarah came to terms with her feelings and the steps she took after that. It really made me think about how I need to apply those principals in my own life.
This book was sweet and a clean read. The characters recognized God as their source of authority and were quick to admit their faults. I recommend this book to those who like a good love story, a theme central to the Lord, and a clean story.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Prism Book Club in exchange for an honest review which I have given.
About The Book
After a fire destroys their home when she was a girl, Sarah’s family rebuilds their lives, yet the echoes of the fire’s damage remain. Sarah learned to turn inward, and keep her curious mind to herself, asking God all the questions that her own father used to delight in. But the fire silenced her father, and spread the stillness to the rest of them. Yet Sarah longs to express herself, to find answers to all her questions. A new, young pastor arrives, and captivates her heart. The prospect of a challenging and unexpected life dances before her, but then is held out of her reach. And with the new possibilities come questions she’s never asked herself before. Is she ready for the answers?