Lynn Austin did it again. I love reading her books because she does such a great job of researching her material. Her stories inspire me to review different parts of my faith and to grow. I also feel like I have received a valuable history lesson when I read one. I probably would never have heard of the depression-era traveling library services in Kentucky if I hadn't read this book. Kate Forbes did an excellent job of making the characters come to life.
This was a fantastic, very moving story about the way society dictated and interpreted women's beauty in the late 1800's. The same sentiment dictated a woman's place as well. I am so glad that women are finding their own place these days. I love this author's style because she isn't afraid of exposing very real flaws in her characters, and her stories always seem to come to wonderful, thought-provoking conclusions. The story has a little mystery, a little humor, a little sorrow, a little shock, and was delightful to listen to.
I have to say that the story took me back to the mid-1960's when I was in nursing school. It was not uncommon to have patients with the same problem described in the story. It was also common for magazines to advertise gimmicks for cinching ones figure by various means. People still do some pretty crazy (sometimes extreme) things to compete for good looks. Sometimes the outcome isn't so great. i.e. falling off ones shoes and breaking a bone. I somehow doubt that things will change for the better.
Very well done story with excellent research, but it brought back some painful reminders of the 1950's when some horrific things were still going on. The author made a very good effort toward explaining the thinking of the time that incited people to lash out against their fellow human being.
Lynn Austin has done a great deal to encourage readers to embrace diversity through the Lord. I would love to hear her speak sometime.
This book is very well written and the experiences of the main character seem quite real. I think that Ms. Whitson accurately captured the anguish and despair that so many women have suffered at the hands of others. The narrator did a wonderful job as usual.
That being said, I like to read to relax and throw off the burdens of the day, and I found this story a little too weighty to relax by. This one story won't keep me from looking forward to her other books. I absolutely loved "Sixteen Brides"!
This is a wonderful story of a family helping neighbors and others escape the nazis during WWII. It is presented through the eyes of an adolescent girl and is suspenseful as well as uplifting. I think that 12-year olds through old agers could gain insight from this story.
I really enjoyed this one. If you enjoy Cathy Marie Hake stories, you will really enjoy "Sixteen Brides." Ms. Whitson's and Ms. Hake's writing styles are very similar. A little fun, a little suspense, and a warm ending.
This is my first novel by this author. I found it by looking for books narrated by Ruth Ann Phimister because I like her reading style.
I love reading about how our ancestors provided healthcare during the building of this nation. Some of the actions taken didn't seem quite realistic for the times. When the Quaker lady sat on the cot beside the sick man and he ran his hand along her jaw and touched her lips, I felt sickened. Especially since this took place in the hold of the ship and he was delirious and ravaged with disease. All I could think of was, lice, feces, vomitus, and urine on that cot and on him ( and now on her mouth).
I picked this book because I like Christian based historical romances with an inspirational message, but lust seemed to overwhelm the story so I turned it off.
The narrator was very good, however, her style was mismatched for this story. I believe that she would be very, very good with children's storys.
I love just about anything that Cathy Marie Hake writes, but I had to stop midway through the second chapter because the characters seemed so unreal.
I am not giving up though, because I am going to buy the paperback and try again. CMH is one of my all time favorites; besides, I want to see what happens to Lynette.
Beth has done it again! Katie Ann seemed like such a pitiful soul by the end of the last book that I wasn't looking forward to seeing more of her sorrow, but I was wrong. Beth can take a heart-rending situation and weave it into a heart-warming story. I have listened to this one a few times and hope to listen it many more.
I really enjoyed Hope, who was true to her name. This was quite an uplifting story with lots of information making me want to research German immigrants to that region. I wasn't sure of what religious group they might have been affiliated with (i.e. Mennonite, Lutheran,...?). They probably said and I just missed it. The narrator was quite good too.
I have read "The Daughters of the Promise" books and "Land of Canaan" books, and loved them all. This one offers many points of inspiration that can apply to everyone. Danielle's character is very real, but her tears were a little exhausting after a while. Kirsten Potter did another fantastic job of bringing the characters to life. All in all, I am glad that I bought this book and am really looking forward to the next installment.
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