I'll start out by saying that I downloaded this book as a 'Free for Kindle' edition, based on the reviews it had received thus far. I read a lot of fiction, and especially love period or historical fiction with Christian themes woven in.
Ms. Gallup has such a warm way of describing everything and everyone, and in such detail, that you can actually picture all of the locations and characters vividly. Her knowledge of the era comes out in her details, too. But what I love most of all is how her main characters warm your heart and make you want to both know them and to emulate them. The recurring theme that God is always with us is brought into the book in a very creative, sometimes humorous, and always heartwarming way.
This book is not "preachy" as some Christian fiction is. Discussions about God and references to the Bible flow naturally through realistic conversations that the characters have. Lessons based on Christian beliefs are taught lovingly and gently, often reminding me of some of my own conversations with God over the years.
I found myself not wanting to put the book (Kindle) down until I finished it at 2 a.m., and was so happy to realize it was part of a series. I immediately downloaded and read the next 2 books, and am now looking forward the release of the 4th and final installment in the Mysterious Ways series.
It's been a long time since I purposely went in search of all of the books in a writer's series. And, in fact, this is only the 3nd author I've done this with. I highly recommend this series. It's suitable for any age group, and especially recommended when you are looking forward to one of those long, long reading days. I hope you enjoy this book -- and the others -- as much as I have.