Can I just stop for a minute and confess that I found as I was reading this book that I have a bit of prejudice, or at the very least a preconceived notion, that I wasn't aware that I held. I have found that as I read a book that I know is from a Christian author I just assume the main characters are Christians, or at least will have close contact with a Christian immediately that will help them make life changing choices. I started reading this book with that notion and was a bit confused, I found myself getting sucked into the "ghost" side of story, but waiting for someone to share the love and joy of Jesus Christ and it just didn't happen. All of the sudden I realized, that it was because it wasn't necessarily based on Christian characters, when it did get down to the character who had a changed life based on the love of Christ all of the sudden came together for me. Ahhh, now I get it :)
This book was good. It was a story that spanned a few generations of a family. A story that kept you in the here and now, but spun the story of the family's history. I loved the deep history and the very personal stories of civil war life. The civil war was unique in that many of the families that were affected had roots on both sides of the line. The girl that the story followed had been raised in Maine and was now living in Virginia with her mother's family after the death of her family. With a grandfather fighting for the south and cousin fighting for the north her world was a mess, it fully brought out the realities of war. The story that was told in the present was great too, but I was really pulled in by the historical sections. If you want to know more about what the story is about look here.
If you want to get a glimpse of this great book you can read the first chapter. For more on Susan Meissner see here or here or you can follow her on twitter. I enjoyed every moment of this book and I hope you check it out.
Thanks WaterbrookMultnomah for providing me with a copy to review. My
opinions are my own.