“I miss him too, Bitty, but God knows best. Someday you’ll see.
”If only I could believe that…
In 1911, Ellie Williams struggles to see God’s hand in her life when she loses both parents and is sent to live with her wealthy, estranged aunt, who transforms her from awkward country bumpkin to socialite heiress. Six years later, she meets a young preacher and finds hope as they serve the Lord together.
Robert Hampton is deeply devoted to God and desires to take the gospel to the unreached natives of Brazil. He didn’t expect to fall in love. When he is drafted, Robert is torn between his duty as a soldier and his budding affections for Ellie. Will Robert survive the trenches? Will he lose the only woman he’s ever loved?
Ellie’s journey takes her from her home in Cades Cove, Tennessee, to the concrete jungle of New York City, and finally to the harsh unforgiving world of the Amazon River Basin, where she meets Paul, a doctor who’s lost his way, and Jack, a soldier with amnesia. Encountering anacondas, jaguars, and an antagonistic shaman, will Ellie give in to the fears that threaten to overwhelm her?
Or can she depend on God’s grace to bring about His will for her life?
Written with beautiful detail and word imagery, you are sure to enjoy this story of devotion and faith. I found it to be both realistic and heartfelt. While I may have not always fully agreed with some of the choices the characters made, it wasn’t outside the boundaries of reality.
Those who enjoy reading epic stories filled with vibrant details are sure to enjoy time spent immersed in the pages of this book. Journey with Ellie, Robert, Paul, and the other cast of characters as they bring this grand story to life. For me, there were a few areas that seemed to have almost too much detail, and subsequently, the story seemed to slow down there.
I appreciated how the author seamlessly wove into the story verses from the Bible in such a way that you felt the characters had written the word of God on their hearts, and it flowed out of them without hesitation.
I enjoyed reading this book and give it 3.5 stars. I look forward to reading more books written by Gina Holder in the future.
(I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including Netgalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own.)
About the Author:
Gina Holder, who served alongside her parents on the mission field, now lives in Glasgow, Kentucky with her husband of 10 years, Daniel. Gina is a stay-at-home mother and homeschools their daughter, Lydia. In her free time, she enjoys cooking, watching movies, singing, and playing the piano.