The author is a survivor of child abuse and writes this first novel from a child's heart on that very issue. You cannot read this book without being impacted by the affects of child abuse and the healing mercy of Jesus Christ. The characters are authentic - a young girl who doesn't speak and a single artist who has tried to bury the shame of her own past - brought together by God's plan to discover true healing.
I highly recommend this book, not for a light read, but to help wake one up to the reality going on around us which we might otherwise be blind to.
"I collect words. I keep them in a box in my mind. I'd like to keep them in a real box, something pretty, maybe a shoe box covered with flowered wrapping paper. Whenever I wanted, I'd open the box and pick up the papers, reading and feeling the words all at once. Then I could hide the box. But the words are safer in my mind. There, he can't take them." Ten-year old Kaylee Wren doesn't speak. Not since her drug-addled mother walked away, leaving her in a remote cabin nestled in the towering redwoods-in the care of a man who is as dangerous as he is evil. With silence her only refuge, Kaylee collects words she might never speak from the only memento her mother left behind: a dictionary. Sierra Dawn is thirty-four, an artist, and alone. She has allowed the shame of her past to silence her present hopes and chooses to bury her pain by trying to control her circumstances. But on the twelfth anniversary of her daughter's death, Sierra's control begins to crumble as the God of her childhood woos her back to Himself. Brought together by Divine design, Kaylee and Sierra will discover together the healing mercy of the Word-Jesus Christ.
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This review copy was provided courtesy of B&H Books and the opinion expressed was strictly my own.