Happy Wednesday to you friends. As promised, I want to review my latest read. It felt good to have something to read in the evening and this book was so good that I could barely put it down. I was not familiar with Sarah's book, but now that I've read her first book in the series, I will definitely look for more.
The story is set in Wise, West Virginia in 1954; a young woman named Perla and her daughter want to begin a new life, unnoticed there. Sadie, her daughter, is a charming little girl who quickly grabs the hearts of many in the town; not so with her mother who is unwed. As Perla and Sadie settle into the quaint town, rumors begin to fly about her past. Casewell Phillips has given up on love and marriage, but will this young woman change that? In the midst of the gossip and judgements, the town and whole area suffer a awful drought. Perla has a God-given gift of cooking and providing for people abundantly. More rumors spread as to whether she is a witch or not. Even the local pastor is turning the town against Perla.
This story could have taken place in today's world as well, with the pain caused by unnecessary words. It deeply touched my heart, for many reasons-the lack of grace given to someone who so desperately needed it and also for forgiveness and life being poured out on all through the love of a child.
I would rate this book 5 stars and highly recommend it. I finished it in a day and a half; the characters are rich and it is easy to imagine life in Wise.
I also received this book free from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publisher, in exchange for my honest review.
I am offering this book to anyone who would enjoy it. If you are interested, please leave me a comment and I will draw a name on Friday.
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