Author: Amy K. Sorrells
Publisher: David C. Cook
Publication Date: March 1, 2014
Genre: Christian Fiction
Source: Received for an honest review
Book Description Courtesy of Amazon:
From a distance, the Harlans appear to be the perfect Southern family. Wealth and local fame mask the drama and dysfunction swirling through their family line. But as the summer heats up, a flood tide of long hidden secrets surface.
Devastation from a rape followed by the murder of two family members brings three generations of the Harlans together on their pecan plantation in Bay Spring, Alabama. Chief among them is Anniston, who by the time she turned thirteen thought she’d seen it all. But as her heart awakens to the possibility of love, she begins to deal with her loneliness and grief.
This tender coming-of-age tale, inspired by the story of Tamar in 2 Samuel 13, shows how true healing and hope comes only from God. Though our earthly family can wound and disappoint, our heavenly Father brings freedom to those long held captive through His mercy and grace.
Thought provoking at the very least, getting into the meat of this book took my full attention and focus. By chapter three I was hooked and found it difficult to put the book down. A Southern family in high standings, owners of a Southern Pecan Plantation where tragedy befalls them all, is the focus of this story and community. I most identified with Anniston, and was keen on her abilities to deal with these tragedies at such a young age. Her Aunt Comfort raped by her Uncle Cole. Anniston witnesses the shooting of her father by her Uncle Cole at the same time her father shoots her uncle, both dying, as her father was defending and attempting to protect his sister, Comfort. As the book unfolds, pieces of the puzzle are put together. It becomes clear that these are attached to the secrets of the matriarch of the family, Princella, who has worked so hard to cover up for many years. The cloud of these secrets has made Princella very mean and unforgiving if she does not get her way. Her husband, Vaughn is tender-hearted and based in an honest view of life.
In Anniston’s living through and processing all that has taken place, she finds a new friend that comes from abuse himself as a foster child and is older than she is. They build a relationship based on the freedom to be real. Hope is the thread that binds them. Hope for a better future, not just for each other, for Comfort and for life.
HEAT Rating: Mild (Although emotionally difficult)
Reviewed By: Pasha Marie
Review Courtesy of: My Book Addiction and More