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In her sequel to Julia's Hope, Kelly once again offers a compellingly simple tale of faith, hardship and community during the Great Depression. Using two points of view-those of Julia Wortham and her husband, Samuel-Kelly unfolds a series of events that will leave Julia with more questions about her faith than answers. As her neighbor Wilametta Hammond draws her last breaths, Julia despairs of understanding how a God of love could allow Wilametta to die. More unexpected chaos follows. With Wilametta's 10 children motherless and George Hammond deranged with grief, Julia and Samuel try to pick up the pieces, caring for the children as best they can. But, "We were all broken. Beyond repair, it seemed," muses Julia. "And about to face God's own Christmas without a reason to rejoice." God is in the details in Kelly's novel-from the depictions of how a Depression-era rural Illinois community handles death to her competent regional dialogue. Her characters are multifaceted, including a non-Christian who is particularly endearing (although an expected conversion scene promptly follows). A few didactic passages at the end of the book summarize the message for readers, rather than letting them draw their own conclusions ("I found it's not so hard to love the unlovable..."). However, Kelly's warm descriptions of how friends prop each other up in the midst of devastating circumstances strike just the right note of redemption and hope, which should endear this novel to CBA fiction fans.
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"Kelly's smooth voice and well-crafted writing keep the pages turning."--Publishers Weekly, praise for Kelly's first book, Julia's Hope

In a time of confusion,
in the midst of grief,
they discovered something beautiful.

Julia Wortham is a strong woman with a strong faith to match. She and her husband, Samuel, rely on God, their creativity, and the love of their friend Emma Graham to provide for their family in the impoverished conditions of 1931.

But just days before Christmas, the Wortham family is faced with a terrible loss-the death of their neighbor Wilametta Hammond, who is the mother of ten and the glue that holds her family together. In his grief over her death, her husband, George, ignores the children and has no will to live. Sam and Julia step in to help, but how can they manage ten extra children when they barely have enough for themselves?

In the web of emotions and fear, Julia's faith begins to tangle. Why would God take away someone who was needed so much? How can the void of lost friends be filled? But amidst their sorrow, the grieving families discover the unexpected-a gift of hope that will shape them all

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  • File Size: 1550 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (September 1, 2003)
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2003
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B0VMJQQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,891 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By C. Price on March 29, 2004
Format: Paperback
I thought this was a very good book.It was sad in different places but also showed how you have to put your trust in God
Know matter what your going thru.I enjoyed this book and Just
ordered her other book called Julia Hope.Ireally felt sorry
for Elizabeth the oldest of the ten kids she had so much on
her shoulders but she knew that she had to help with all her
brothers and sisters.Again great book.Loved it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Maggie on May 4, 2013
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The series was wonderful & Leisha Kelly is a very talented author. When I had read the first book, I did not realize that
it was a series & I was glad to see there was a book 2 & 3. I read both books in a week .......I couldn't put them down!
The depressian era was as she described it, & we can count our blessings that we did not have to live through what
they went through.
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This is the second book in this series of families and their trials during the depression. I usually read for entertainment and this is hardly entertainment in the usual sense but the books are so well written, they are history lessons also that we should always pass forward.

These are families that care for one another---even putting someone in need over your own need because of love----God's love motivating them and how sheer determination prevails. God is faithful.

At times it was so depressing but Leisha Kelly was so gifted in her ability to keep one interested to the point I had to keep reading because the families became so real to me and I had to continue to see what happened.

I love her books and look forward to reading all of them and am only sorry that she is no longer on this earth. I recommend them to you too.
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By D. Jimenez on March 12, 2012
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Normally I am a huge Johanna Lindsay fan, and have read all her books but one. I also favor mystery and drama filled books. However, I enjoyed this book series because it was very uplifting. If you are not hard core christian, that's okay. I didn't think it was too "Preachy" as some others did, I found the amount of faith the characters have is inspiring. I love the way that they struggle in their everyday lives but maintain that faith even through some of the hardest periods of time a person could ever have. I have read every one of the books in the wortham family series and am currently working my way through the country road chronicles series. I will definately get more books by this author. It's a nice change from the books I usually read and leaves me with a good feeling after I am finished reading.
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Leisha Kelly is one of the best writers that i have ever read. She depicts every one of her books in such a manner that I lived each colorful passage right along beside her and all the families endure. Each book keeps me up for they are so hard to put down. There is no profanity or anything offensive about any of her stories, and I absolutely love each book. I will regret when the stories of these families end. After Emma's Gift, just know that the book Katie the novel, is next in line. Excellent reading and all have been 5 star books. Thank our Lord for the Christian based books out there. There is no preaching, yet there is wonderful inspiration all through her books that make for that feel good feeling that we all love to feel positive about. Thank You God for writers such as Leisha Kelly.
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This author has done it again! As tender and beautiful as Julia's Hope was, this one just jerks your heart out and tries to stomp on it. But what a read! Filled with the same characters as the first book in the series, this picks up where Julia's Hope leaves off. Death is almost always a difficult event to embrace and, I would imagine, even more difficult to write about: however, the author, Leisha Kelly, does not leave you without hope. Strong faith that God is still in charge, even in the darkest hours of the storms, gives hope to the characters in this wonderful story. This book is so worth the pain your heart will bear, and you will be rewarded with a truly heart warming and well written story. I highly recommend this author's work and this wonderful story.
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In the 2nd book, Emma's Gift, I found that a portion of the book was slow. I realize that the author had to paint a picture of the hard life and dealing with 10 children in the household. Not only 10 children, but their behavior and manners (eating dough off the floor). Times were hard during the Depression and work was scarce, but Julia & Sam had much love in their hearts for the Hammonds family and their care. The last 1/3 of the book was VERY Good and that's what I formed my 5 star review on. The wisdom and love that the author portrayed was top notch. I'm looking forward to reading Book #3 to conclude the story. Three book series worth purchasing for larger church libraries.
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Excellent Book! This is book 2 in the series, but I didn't know that until after I had read it. It didn't matter, though, I enjoyed the story even without the background of the first book. After reading it, I went back and read Julia's Hope (the first book), and am now reading Katie's Dream (the final book in this series). The writing is excellent, and you really get to know each of the characters. Great series, and full of great reminders that we are in God's hands and He will provide no matter the circumstances around us.
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