I was a bit disappointed at first with this book. Normally I LOVE Lauraine's books, but in my opinion, this one had a slow start. Especially compared to her other books. But I have just finished this one, and now I have to have the next one. A good amount of Civil War history. I think I'm spoiled to her North Dakota books! lol
This book is captivating and hard to put down. I will never forget this story. I had no idea the Poles were sent away to Siberia. You never hear about them since the Holocaust was so horrible and everyone talks about that. Now I know that people other than Jews suffered tremendously during the war. We need to always be thankful for what we have.
We only read this because we have to for school. I don't see why it got so many awards. It's too figurative. Why can't they just come out and say what they mean? You have to keep re-reading it to try and understand what's going on.
Aside from all that, I thought it was interesting how it was written so long ago and seems to correctly portray the future.
This is a life-changing book. You will never be the same after reading it. It takes you to a dark place where you think you surely cannot survive, even wishing to die at times. You wonder if God has deserted you, and you were only trying to good in the world. But then God shows up in amazing ways that can only be described as Divine Providence. You realize you were chosen to be used to a higher purpose than you ever dreamed. Needs to be read more than once in your lifetime to always keep it fresh in your mind.
I love everything Lauraine Snelling has ever written. This book is no exception. She writes in such a manner that you feel as though you are actually there with the characters. Even if you haven't read the previous books in this series, the author has a great way of helping you catch right up. Also, reading this book will make you want to go back and read all the books that came out before this one. I feel like I know all her characters as if they really existed!