Author: Leisha Kelly
About the book: Leah and her young daughter Eliza, journey to Illinois to start a new life. Leah has lost both her husband and her infant son in the last year. Already suffering from an irrational fear of trains, it is a train accident that kills her husband. She loses her son to illness. Unable to find work or to provide any thing for Eliza, she takes her husband's Aunt Marigold up on her offer of a place to stay.
Aunt Marigold runs a boardinghouse, but it is really a refuge for those in need. She doesn't often have a paying boarder, but just seeks to give back from what the Lord has given her. Already in residence is Josiah Walsh. Though he calls her Aunt Mari, he is barely related to her through marriage. She loves him like a son and he reciprocates. Aunt Mari was his lifeline when he lost his wife and unborn child.
Leah has been blaming God for the deaths in her family and is struggling with any kind of faith, while Eliza has faith enough for both of them. Aunt Mari has been praying that Leah and Josiah will be able to overcome their grief with each other's help.
My thoughts: This was my first Leisha Kelly book and it was pretty good. Even though it was a story based on tragedy and grief, it is full of love and acceptance and how God uses all circumstances for His good. I am hoping their is a follow up book as I would love to find out what happens with these characters!
Available September 2010 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
~I received a complimentary copy of this book from Baker in exchange for my review.~
Publisher/Publication Date: Baker, Sept 2010