I received this book for free from NetGalley, requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Published by Zondervan on March 6th, 2012
Genres: Historical, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Source: NetGalley, requested from publisher
Can love really heal all things? If Sam Carroll hadn t shown up, she might have been able to get to her mother in time. Instead, Allie Everly finds herself at a funeral, mourning the loss of her beloved mother. She is dealt another blow when, a few hours later, she is sent from Tennessee to Maine to become the daughter of Miss Beatrice Lovell, a prim woman with a faith Allie cannot accept. Poetry and letters written to her mother become the only things keeping Allie s heart from hardening completely. But then Sam arrives for the summer, and with him comes many confusing emotions, both toward him and the people around her. As World War II looms, Allie will be forced to decide whether hanging on to the past is worth losing her chance to be loved."
Allie finds herself being the provider and care taker of her sick mother. She learned to grow up so fast and I can’t help but admire her strength and courage. She loved her mother with all her heart and when her mother does from her illness she is brought to live with Beatrice. An eccentric wealthy Christian woman whom Allie has no affinity to call her “mother.” As she grows up, she befriends Charlie, a tenacious Southern Belle who becomes her best friend. Things start to change for Allie when her childhood friend Sam stays for the summer. Her feelings grow and he doesn’t even realize she likes him.
Sam on the other hand seems to be quite in love with Allie ever since and I can’t help but smile at how sweet and kind he is. He was there for her when her mother died even when she disregarded his help, and when he finally befriends Allie when they’re older, it makes for a sweet love story that is sure to keep any romance lovers swooning. I love Sam’s character. He’s the best friend you’ve always wanted, and he grew up to be a wonderful young man you can rely on.
Here’s a character that has such a strong love for her mother that she can’t seem to move on. And you can feel we pain and sorrow. She has many talents that she seems to not be aware of, such as playing the piano, writing poverty, and tending to her beautiful rose garden. I feel like she’s been broken first by her father leaving her and then her mother getting sick. Then to be ripped away from the only life she has known drives her further into her world of books.
This book is a perfect blend of drama, mystery and romance. This isn’t my first Christian fiction read, but this is one that I quite enjoyed. I was also surprised to read that the author is a teen herself. Her writing is hauntingly beautiful and if you are looking for a different type of read, pick this one up. You won’t be disappointed.