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The Church in the Wildwood by Alanna Rusnak
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it was amazing

This story weaves the lives of the characters in a beautifully tragic tale of love and rejection, hope and despair, abuse and healing. It is the classic story of the human needs to be understood, accepted and belong.

Rusnak simultaneously tells the story of a young boy coming of age while his mother learns to move beyond her haunting past. The author crosses storylines from the past with the present to enlighten the reader of elements of the characters' past that have shaped them into who they have become. The characters are flawed and scarred which gives them both tragic yet human qualities the reader can relate to.

The plot moves slowly enough to really allow the reader to appreciate the beautiful imagery created by the author from the beginning to the end. Yet there are just enough twists and turns, characters, and drama to captivate the reader and carry them all the way through the story. It has poignant moments of heavy emotions where the characters wrestle with themselves and the world around them. The reader can't help but be drawn into the conflict.

The Church in the Wildwood is a must-read for everyone looking for a story of humanity at its most broken AND its most redemptive.
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Reading Progress

January 23, 2017 – Shelved
January 23, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
April 16, 2017 – Started Reading
April 17, 2017 – Finished Reading

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