Publication Date: February 2016
Publisher: Waterbrook Multnomah
ARC copy from Netgalley.com and Waterbrook Multnomah and bloggingforbooks.org
A very interesting story of lies, deception, compassion, and forgiveness! This story has a depth to it that genuinely appealed to me. The story is set in Buffalo Creek, Kansas in the later part of 1936 during the depression. The author paints the story of a woman and her struggles to accept the fact that her husband lied to her for several years in a very systematic and cruel way. When confronted with his lies and deceptions in a manner she can no longer avoid, Neva Shilling must find a way to forgive him and move on with her life.
The novel is a wonderful mix of history, faith, and family struggles. The historical aspect is handled with a light hand, but comes across throughout the entire story in the details. Neva Shilling’s faith is tested in many ways during the novel; through her husband’s lies and deception to the majority of the town turning its back on her and her business. At times, the story leaves your emotions raw. The book ends on an uplifting note, and we can see “room for hope” come in to Neva’s life once again.
This ARC copy was received from Waterbrook Multnomah, bloggingforbooks.org and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.