Beyond the Bend Author:Phyllis Primmer For most of her life Emily had been set apart by her lameness. This is her story. It is also the story, seen through the eyes of this perceptive fourteen-year-old, of thirty German Brethern families who tore up their roots in the European courtyard homelife of the early nineteenth century, stood on the rim of the unknown, and set out for the New... more » Land called Canada.
Here in bold strokes is a sketch of a hardy immigrant band--existing for sixteen storm-tossed weeks in the crowded hold of a wooden schooner, plodding to reach their homestead grants in the wilderness, struggling for survival those crucial first winters and becoming bound together by their losses and their separateness.
On the long journey Emily comes to know God as more than the great Helper-Friend of her parents. Her faith unfolds and finds its reward. Then unsettling events again set her apart--in a less tangible, more frustrating manner--denying her love she had never know and bringing a feeling of premature adulthood.
Man can change the course of a river; but if rivers of living water flow through the soul, he cannot stop its flowing. Beyond the Bend is the sensitively told story of a life diverted by not blockaded.« less