Sixteen year old Rachel Harker expects the church sponsored hiking trip in the Smoky Mountains to be short and painless. Four days later, injured and scared, Rachel prays to just make it home alive.
Asher Jenkins, fellow hiker and handsome skeptic who is only on the hike so he doesn’t have to go home and face his abusive ‘uncle’, finds Rachel in the woods and tries to get her back to Deep Creek Trail. A small hole hidden under the fall leaves causes her ankle to twist and forces Asher to leave her to get help. As night falls, he comes back, unable to find the right trail.
As hours stretch into days, an unexpected rainstorm bears down the mountain, flooding Deep Creek and cutting off their way home. Rachel puts all of her faith in God to save them. Asher thinks believing in God is a waste of time and does what he can to prove to Rachel that He doesn’t exist. With their food gone and the temperature dropping, time is running out. Will Rachel be able to do what needs to be done to get home? And can Asher find faith when he needs it the most?
©2012 Kelly Martin (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
Enjoyable book, would probably have loved it more if not for the narrator. His voices of the main characters was horrid, especially the voices of the girls. Almost stopped listening after first hour. Glad I hung in there, because he got better or I became immune to his over-pronounced southern drawl mimicking the main protaganist.
Nevertheless, the story had several twist and turns... One has to keep in mind this is geared towards teenagers. It will appeal slightly more to this audience but still a worthwhile excursion. I liked the build-up and the overall theme of the book as the story of the main characters unfold. It would have been nice to know more about characters. It would have made me care about them more, because I got confused about who was who at times.
There was a bit of teenage cat and mouse of I think I like him, but this would never work going on... The story is viewed from a apologetic perspective versus a would be atheist so it appears, but this is where the story really peaks interest... well at least my interest. I would read more work by Kelly Martin. I'd give this a solid 3.5!
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