Monday, November 8, 2010


The Moore family moves into a small town after tragedy strikes. The tragedy no parent ever wants to experience. The family moves into this small town to escape, to try to cope with loss. This family is not only feeling loss, but, confusion and blame. Each member of the family goes through their own type of grief. They beat themselves up and each other. In this small town the gossip train is boarding and everyone is jumping on. As the parents are trying to gain some sort of peace, they are forgetting their very daughter who is hurting too. My heart broke for her. For the parents who could not come together through their pain.
This was a hard book for me. I must admit in the beginning I was caught off guard by moving so quickly through the story, but as I let the pages turn, the story began to flow. I think we could relate to every character in this story. Why? It is so well written, it's as though you see the heart of each character come alive after being in such pain for a long time. We see hope breathe life into this family after tragedy strikes.
I think for me, the lessons to take away are not to judge another. We are often too quick in doing so and we are not gaining any ground. We see this family go through every emotion possible. We see hope come alive. We see healing. The journey to healing is difficult for this family, but it is the journey that brings them together once again.
We must not forget the young man who drifts into town with evil on his mind. But does the town really understand him or are they just too quick to judge? He too has a story and it is one that will break your heart.
This is a story we all fear, but one we can all learn from. C.S Lakin does an outstanding job at bringing to light the pain of loss and the healing power of God.

This book was a gift from Zondervan for it's review.

C. S. Lakin currently works as a freelance copyeditor and writing mentor, specializing in helping authors prepare their books for publication. The first book in her Gates of Heaven fantasy series with AMG, The Wolf of Tebron, released August 2010, with numerous books to follow. She is currently completing her tenth novel and developing a dog memoir of epic proportion. Lakin welcomes your comments at

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