From School Library Journal
Grade 7-11-Heather Barlow, 18, is excited and nervous as the Anastasis, a hospital Mercy Ship leaves port. She knows that the months ahead will be unlike anything she has ever experienced. Volunteering with a mission group in Africa for several months is her attempt to make a difference in the world. What she doesn't anticipate is falling in love with Ian McCollum, an attractive medical intern and seminary student. In Uganda, Heather sees disease, death, and destruction ravaging the thousands who look to her team for help. Then Ian leaves to rescue a baby in Sudan, his plane goes down, and she must deal with his death and complete the rescue mission. The plot develops slowly but carefully, as do the characters. The author uses personal experiences to give a solid background and flavor to the story. While the book has a decidedly Christian slant, most readers will be caught up in the passion and sorrow of Heather's missionary experiences. Jana R. Fine, Clearwater Public Library System, FL
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When Heather Barlow decides to board a hospital mercy ship to Africa after high school, she is filled with idealism and the desire to make a difference in the world. She's unprepared for what she discovers in Uganda--the disease, the famine, the misery. She meets Ian McCollum, a boy from Scotland, who is handsome, charming, deeply religious, and committed to helping others. It isn't long before the two fall in love. When Ian decides to take a dangerous excursion into a Sudanese refugee camp to rescue a dying baby, readers will know there's tear-jerking tragedy in store. The writing is sentimental, and Heather's learned self-reliance is not convincing. Still, there's a huge audience for McDaniel's romance fiction, and this one has all the features her readers look for. Who knows, maybe teens will even be inspired to find out more about mercy ships. Shelley Townsend-Hudson