Happy Friday! I’m doing things a little different today. Instead of sharing the first line of this book, I actually put my favorite line in my review – so look for that instead. 🙂 It’s a FirstLineFriday/Review all in one.
And the author? Well, it’s the fabulous Sondra Kraak! Do you know her? She is awesome. So sweet, kind, and fun to be with. I got to meet her this summer at CFRR. Actually, she was the very first person I hugged when I got to the hotel. I hope she didn’t mind the fact that I had just been in the car for like twelve hours! And then….we had lunch together the next day. Well, there were other fabulous women there too, but it was a blast. Here we are after lunch (good thing our faces were clean, ha!)
Anyways, I recently read her book, Such A Hope and absolutely loved it. I do hope you’ll give it a try. And look for my favorite line in my review!
About the Book
Seattle, 1871 Anna Warren grew up on the seat of a wagon, the daughter of Seattle’s busiest freighter. After her father’s death—a tragedy away from home—she returns to their cabin on the outskirts of Seattle, seeking the sense of belonging that eluded her childhood. But will her desire to pray for miraculous healing for the sick and wounded endear or alienate her to the community? Her most aggravating challenger is also her staunchest defender and has brown hair and eyes, stands six feet tall, and farms with unchecked tenacity. Tristan Porter. This farmer her father had befriended holds more secrets than Yesler’s Mill holds logs. When ugly rumors arise about her spiritual gift and her property, Anna fears her quest to find belonging will be thwarted. Tristan holds the truth to set her free, but revealing it will require him to face the disappointments of his past and surrender his plans for the future—a sacrifice he’s not sure he can make. A tender Christian love story that not only entertains but encourages the heart to receive the healing and grace of the Heavenly Father.
I love Sondra Kraak’s writing. It is beautiful, emotional, and just pulls you in. This story had me from page one all the way to the end. The best thing about it? I really felt that above being a fictional story, it was kind of a lesson in relying on the Lord and the wonderful power of prayer. Sondra is not afraid to show the gospel in her stories and that is one of the reasons I like them so much!
Mixed in with this powerful lesson is a bit of comedy. You don’t see it a ton, but when you do you’ll be sure to laugh. My favorite line is this:
“How was she to reconcile the Tristan who defended her with the Tristan who, at times, couldn’t stand to be around her? Like chicken gravy of fresh berries. A colossal mismatch.”
Best line ever! Oh my goodness, I read that line over about a dozen times, and wrote it down immediately. I’m not sure how she comes up with lines like this, but I hope to see more in the future!
Anna and Tristan did fight their attraction to each other, but I actually liked it in this book. I liked the tension between them, and seeing them wrestle with their feelings. Bottom line is this story is fantastic. Make sure you read it and devour it. It is a home run in my book! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Now it’s your turn! Share the first line from the book nearest to you in the comments below, and be sure to check out what everyone else is reading at the new home for First Line Friday at Hoarding Books!