This book and this series is one of my all time favorites.
I have told everyone I know to read these.
They are a few of the books I value so much that they are ones that
staying on my shelf to read again.
This is an incredible read that will touch you through and through.
I can't rate it high enough. I would give it a 100!
I can't wait for Leisha Kelly's next book coming out later this year (2007)
and I hope she writes many, many more!
This was a great read.
"They needed a home. She needed a family. What they found was a miracle. After the great market crash of 1929, families everywhere are falling on desperate times. Raised by a grandmother who instilled a love for simple pleasures and the good, wild things growing on God's earth, Julia Wortham is determined to make a decent life for her children. Her husband, Samuel, carries the shame of losing his job, their home, and Julia's savings. He also bears the impossible burden of providing for his family.
Then circumstances force the family to seek shelter in an abandoned farmhouse and to find mercy in a stranger's heart. Emma Graham, the elderly owner, is indeed merciful. But there are others who will stip at nothing to drive the Worthams from the farm. MEanwhile, Sam and Julia's fears could compel them to abandon the one place they and their children long to call home.
This was such a fantastic story! It was about a family back in the Depression Days who were totally down on their luck with no place to call home. An older widow took them under her wing and let them live in her farm house which had stood empty since the death of her husband and her subsequent move to town. I won't go any further than that because I don't want to give anything away but trust me, this is a must read book!! I look forward to reading the other three books which make up this series!
(Heather's review) This is one of my favorite books. In fact I love all of Mrs. Kelly's books I've read and re-read them several times. Mrs. Kelly went home to be with the Lord last year and although I am glad for her, I feel a loss at knowing there will be no more books coming from her.
I am easily able to relate to the characters in this series, many of whom are developed in this first book. They are quite individual. I am all to aware of our nation's financial crisis and am drawn to this book again because I wonder if some of us are now living like the families herein. Most importantly I love how Julia and Samuel react in a very real way to the trials they come across and their reactions make me wonder if I myself would be able to react in such a godly manner or if I would cave when faced with temptation. May you be blessed as I have been if you choose to read this book.
It's a Christian fiction book so if that offends you, you may want to choose something more to your taste. Some of the themes that come up are...
the Depression, elder care in the USA, extreme poverty, choosing whether or not to sin under trial, giving, how far you can trust God, it shows a very stark difference in the way that children are reared today and how it was in the first half of the 1900's.
All of Leisha Kelly books are keepers! She takes you back to a time in America that is factual; that is historical. But, no matter the misery or sorrow of that time, she gives you a real hope in her characters. Readers will love here stories!
I really enjoyed this book. There were a lot of good lessons to be had while reading it, especially during our current economic times.
The book takes place during the Great Depression when this family loses everything. They travel across the country in hope a new job and life that never materializes. Through the good grace of a complete stranger, their story really begins.
This author is amazing. This is her first published book. I was stunned when I read it. It was like I was living the story. I was transported into the story. It is really a good one. I highly recommend it. There are quite a few books that follow this one. So far I've read several.
Also of note, the amazing thing is that she has also published books under the name of L. A. Kelly. They are a different genre, but are sooo very good too. This author is amazing. I love her books. I believe she is one of those authors whose works will endure. To me, she compares to C.S. Lewis. A hearty recommend.
Julia and Samuel Wortham are down on their luck during the Depression Era. Samuel has lost his job, their home has been taken back by the bank, and they have no money nor mode of transportation, but their feet. They begin their journey from Pennsylvania to Illinois with their two children in hopes of finding a job, a new home, and happiness.
As they journey across the land, they find prejudice and kindness, but none as precious as the kindness of dear, sweet Emma, who has taken many families under her wing and given more of herself than one could ever imagine.
Wholesome story and I was relieved to find that after book 1 there are two more books to continue the story of the Wortham and Hammond families!
Reminds me of the Karen Kingsbury Firstborn and Redemption series books. Good book.
They Needed a Home. She Needed a Family. What They Found Was a Miracle. After the great market crash of 1929, families everywhere are falling on desperate times. Raised by a grandmother who instilled a love for simple pleasures and the good, wild things growing on God's earth, Julia Wortham is determined to make a decent life for her children. Her husband, Samuel, carries the shame of losing his job, their home, and Julia's savings. He also bears the impossible burden of providing for his family. Then circumstances force the family to seek shelter in an abandoned farmhouse-- and to find mercy in a stranger's heart. Emma Graham, the elderly owner, is indeed merciful. But there are others who will stop at nothing to drive the family from the farm. Meanwhile, Sam and Julia's fears could compel them to abandon the one place they and their children long to call home. As the unusual bond between Emma and the Worthams deepens, each person sees with increasing clarity the truth that "there is a time for everything under the sun." Filled with both joy and hardship, those times will create a harvest greater than any of them have ever known.