It's been awhile since I've read a book with such well written characters. Every character in this book--even the minor ones--felt like they were realIt's been awhile since I've read a book with such well written characters. Every character in this book--even the minor ones--felt like they were real people. That's the way a story should be written!
I loved Starla. I could picture her very clearly. And Eula, I just wanted to give her a great big hug for all that poor woman went through in her life. Her steadfast faith was inspiring too. I am not sure I would be as trusting in God as she was with everything that had happened to her. I'd like to think I would be, but after reading this, it's made me realize I need to examine my own faith a little more--and be supremely thankful for the great life I have had and do have.
The book did start off a little slow for me, but really picked up when Eula and Starla's journey to Nashville started. I love how the book ended too--FINALLY, a happy ending for Starla and for Eula too. :)...more
It's been some months since I had a book that I felt I needed to finish. This was the one that broke me out of that reading "funk."
I liked watching PaIt's been some months since I had a book that I felt I needed to finish. This was the one that broke me out of that reading "funk."
I liked watching Patience grow throughout the book. It was slow in coming, as she was very hard hearted, but I can understand why after all the numerous tragedies she went through. I think the best of us would be cold and distant after all of that.
I did find some of her stories a little unbelievable--mostly, all the famous people she met while she was a rebel and union activist for the coal mines. I can see meeting one person, but there were quite a few. She was also incredibly progressive for her time and place (rural West Virginia). I knew she would be a bit, as she was a radical in the 1920s, but at times I felt she had more of the attitude of a 1960s women's lib movement activist rather than the 1930s, but perhaps some of that stems from the author's experiences (as the author herself explains she was quite a political radical herself).
While the pacing of the book isn't fast by any means, it still progressed along at a good rate. It's not a high action story, more of an introspective work and watching how one woman learns to open her heart again. Reading about all the different births was interesting as well. I normally get quite queasy reading about things like that, but honestly I was more fascinated by it. I think the only time I got queasy was reading about the gash she got in her leg at one point over the births.
Another great read! If anything, I liked this was a bit better than The Winter Sea as the historical details were not as intricate and overwhelming.
KeAnother great read! If anything, I liked this was a bit better than The Winter Sea as the historical details were not as intricate and overwhelming.
Kearsley truly has a way with drawing you into the story and making you connect with the characters. The setting was vivid as well and I could picture the little town of Polgelly as easily as if it were right outside my living room window.
I was enthralled with both stories, past and present and the surprising ways they influenced one another, as well as the magic of Treloworth.
I'd say my rating is more like 4.5 stars. The only reason I wouldn't give this a full 5 star rating was for the slightly slower beginning; it took a little awhile to get to the actual "time travel" part, which was essentially the backbone of the story.
I’ve read most of Deeanne Gist’s other books in the past and loved them and this one certainly didn’t disappoint. In fact, I think this one ranks up tI’ve read most of Deeanne Gist’s other books in the past and loved them and this one certainly didn’t disappoint. In fact, I think this one ranks up there as my favorite of hers that she’s written.
I loved how quickly and efficiently she introduced Tillie, the main character, and her love interest Mack. Their truly three dimensional and I had to keep reminding myself that I was reading about fictional people.
Though this is classified as Christian fiction/romance, Gist does a great job in making the characters’ faith not come across as sermonizing. I know I’ve read some Christian fiction where it seems like there’s a sermon on every page. The story takes precedence here, thankfully, while the characters’ faith is interwoven with their personalities.
For those who are uncomfortable with graphic love scenes, no worries here. Gist makes sure to tease us just a little, and swoon at the secret kisses and caresses, but keeps the “act” behind closed doors.
Only a few problems I had with this book: first, the ”bad guy” seemed like a bit of an afterthought. The story with him and how it affected Tille and Mack’s relationship didn’t really pick up until the second half of the book. But it wasn’t something that I thought took away from the story too much; there was enough tension and conflict between Tille and Mack earlier on to keep the pace going and the reader interested.
Second, though it’s a typical romance ending, it seemed a little too neatly tied up. Everything seemed perfect at the end, and I sort of wish there was just a little bit of something hanging…but that’s just me and my personal preference.
Overall, highly recommended, especially if you like turn-of-the-century romance.