The book that….touched my heart.
I adore this story! I devoured it in two days and loved every minute of it. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
Synopsis: Two women, centuries apart, are joined through a tattered journal as they contend with God, husbands, and even themselves . . . until they fall into the arms of the One who loves them unconditionally. Sierra Madrid’s life has just been turned upside down when she discovers the handcrafted quilt and journal of her ancestor Mary Kathryn McMurray, a young woman who was uprooted from her home only to endure harsh conditions on the Oregon Trail. Though the women are separated by time and circumstance, Sierra discovers that many of the issues they face are remarkably similar. By following Mary Kathryn’s example, Sierra learns to surrender to God’s sovereignty and unconditional love.
Going into this book, I knew that I would like it but I was not expecting me to love it quite as much as I did. Francine Rivers is one of my favorite authors of all time and I know that pretty much everything she writes will be good. However, I am not a huge fan of contemporary books and so I was a little apprehensive about this one knowing that a big portion of this book was going to be contemporary.
About 20 pages in, I was completely hooked. I came to care so much for the characters in this story that I cried and couldn’t rest until I read the book in its entirety. The writing from the two different time periods had such distinction that made the characters seem even more real. The writing is so seamless and effortless that it just flows and I found myself flying through this book.
I loved the fact that though the two women had similar struggles, their stories were also very different. I have read other books where there are two stories taking place in two time periods but often they are so similar that it feels like you are reading the same story twice. This book was not that way at all. Both women had things in common and other things that set them apart.
Usually I can find something that I would like to change in a book but to be completely honest, it was wonderful just the way it is.
I think this is a great read for anyone who likes books centered around marriage and family or for someone who is looking to get into stories that talk about that subject.
I would also like to mention that Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers is on my list of my top 10 favorite books of all time (quite possibly my favorite book of all time). If you have not read it, I suggest you do. It has forever changed my outlook on love and marriage. Very powerful. I feel like nothing I could say about this book would do it justice so I just ask that you check it out and give it a try.
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