The idyllic world of nine-year-old Abby McAndrews is transformed when a tragedy tears her family apart. Before the accident, her dad, Reverend John McAndrews, had all the answers, but now his questions and guilt threaten to destroy his family. Abby’s fifteen-year-old brother, Matt, begins an angry descent as he acts out in dangerous ways. Her mother tries to hold her grieving family together, but when Abby’s dad refuses to move on, the family is at a crossroads. Set in a small Midwestern town in 1970, Abby’s heartbreaking remembrances are balanced by humor and nostalgia as her family struggles with—and ultimately celebrates—an authentic story of faith and life after loss.
Published February 1st 2017
by Shiloh Run Press
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When I received this book and saw the cover I was immediately swept back to my childhood on a lazy summer evening catching lightening bugs (I know it depends upon where you live whether you call them fireflies or lightening bugs.lol). The beautiful cover gives you a hint at the wonderful, but heart wrenching story inside.
As the story opens I found the words and thoughts of 9 year old girl that resonated with my soul. Grief is a hard for anyone to deal with, but honestly when seen through the eyes of a child it is harder. The entire family goes through an incredible tragedy and each much find a way to deal with their turmoil. This is a story that can evoke both laughter and tears. I found myself thinking about the characters even as I closed the last page. It brings engaging characters that quickly weave their way into your heart with their real emotions. This story has elements of guilt, forgiveness, anger, faith and hope.
I would recommend this book to anyone.
** I received this complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.