Guess what? I share a birthday with a historical novel! It’s true! On May 14th, Meghan Gorecki’s novel God’s Will turns 2 and I turn…*clears throat * …never mind that one. Anyways, isn’t that cool? So you want to know about the book that kept me up past midnight last night? Here’s the blurb:
Kathy Andrews is good at goodbyes. Her mother is sent to a sanatorium, her sister, left behind in Chicago, and her father, forced to roam looking for work. So she holds close to the only one she has left, her brother Danny. When the two go to live with the Marshalls in the sleepy town of Brighton, she doesn’t let anyone past hello. Elliott Russell frowns at his aunt and uncle’s generosity–even though he and his sister are on the receiving end. He frowns, too, at the uppity city girl with a chip on her shoulder whom he can’t get out of his head. When a tragedy rips apart what tenuous existence they manage to forge, will they find the sweetest place to be is in God’s will–or will they turn their backs on faith that fails to protect against pain?
Enthralled yet? Here’s my take.
Okay, so the depression era was a dark spot in America’s history, but shimmers of light shone through Meghan Gorecki’s characters. You can identify with the several point of views in the story: Kathy, who’s entering adulthood, just had all that was familiar stripped away, being forced to house with total strangers. Elliot, the young man who’s tragic past threatens to mar his future. Elliot’s aunt, who toils all day to provide comfort for a full house. Kathy’s dad, who’s primary goal is to provide for his family while dealing with acute pain himself.
The author does a fabulous job painting each scene. I could hear the cicadas in the field, smell the wild onions in the waft of a breeze, and taste the steamy buttered roll served at dinner. *Okay that last one made me hungry. 🙂
We’ve not been promised a trial free life, but we should be confident in a grace that’s fiercer than adversity, a power that strengthens us in our weakness, and a love that overcomes all. There’s no better place to be than in God’s will.
If you like well-rounded characters, beautiful backdrops, and clever banter then I recommend this book. 🙂
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Meghan M. Gorecki is an author of inspirational fiction, a blogger, book reviewer and voracious reader. Taking her life a day at a time as God leads, she is pursuing a career in the publishing industry as an editor in training and as a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. A hopeless romantic, history and Marvel nut, she’s also a redhead (thanks to a box), who knows way too much trivia about movie musicals and the Civil War. Find her on social media and at her blog, A Northern Belle (www.northernbellemeg.com)
Here are the links so you can snatch a copy for yourself.
So my question is, what draws you to a book? The Title? Maybe a dynamic cover? For me it’s the blurb on the back. Tell me in a comment below.
Thanks for reading, Friend 🙂