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Emma's Gift: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Leisha Kelly
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Book Description

In Leisha Kelly's well-received novel, Julia's Hope, Samuel and Julia Wortham and their two children charmed readers as they found shelter in the home-and heart-of a grandmotherly woman named Emma Graham.
Now, in Emma's Gift, the Wortham family is struck down by the deaths of two close friends, including their neighbor Wilametta Hammond, just days before Christmas 1931. Wila is the mother of ten children and the glue that holds the family together. In his grief, 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? Can George overcome his grief and become the father his children need? And if Emma's nephew takes ownership of her land, will the Worthams be allowed to stay?
Masterfully told from the perspective of both Samuel and Julia, Emma's Gift is an unforgettable story of God's faithfulness and peace and of the seasons of life that shape each of us.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

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.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From the Back Cover

"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

Product Details

  • File Size: 519 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0800758579
  • Publisher: Revell (September 1, 2003)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,852 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book about Trusting In God March 29, 2004
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
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Great Series!! May 4, 2013
By Maggie
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down. August 1, 2014
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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sequel to Julia's Hope July 22, 2014
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent story October 18, 2014
By S. B.
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There are so many lessons within this book. A time and place for everything . The lessons of loving those who may not love back or understand the gift of love flow daily through the words of this book. When a tragedy hits a family or chronic illness it can be difficult to see the way to take even one step forward. I very much appreciated the way Leisha Kelly took us through the time of grieving, acceptance, and the beginning steps of the characters healing from the hurt.
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The Wortham Family series is one that you will not want to miss! Emma's Gift will also shed light on the Christian walk,and the experience all Christians have of examining their faith. But this series is character-driven and it accomplishes getting you to think about such things in a very subtle way. You can't help but want to see how things are going for these characters that you have come to care so much about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shows God's Ongoing Provision. July 26, 2014
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A great stand alone read, but I'd previously read Julia's Hope. So went onto Emmy's Gift. Loved reading on about the same families. Although this can be a sad book it is great in teaching on God's love, provision and work in their lives. Went on to read the next books in this series. So sad Leisha Kelly was called to glory as she was a gifted writer. I love her books.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good
Very good. All of Leisha Kelly's book are really good; they are hard to put down.
Published 14 hours ago by Happy2bme
5.0 out of 5 stars They are good reading, relaxing and clean reading
I have been reading these books by Leisha Kelly that all connect together about the life of a family, friends, and hard times for all. Read more
Published 6 days ago by memawrequest
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love this story!!!
These stories are so touching and I just keep thinking about my sister as I read them. so many good little nuggets of wisdom in them.
Published 7 days ago by T23
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Gail Dixon
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Sad
I could not deal with all the sadness just one depressing thing after another I could not even finish it. I can not recommend this novel.
Published 1 month ago by Carson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Sequel
Emma's Gift kept me interested as I journeyed through difficult times with two families during the Depression of the 1920's. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ANONYMOUS
5.0 out of 5 stars strength
We have greater strength than we realize and forget this often. It requires faith in God, ourself, and each other.
Published 2 months ago by James N. Buckwalter
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!
Emma Gift tells the story of a remarkable Christian woman and the Christian family she helps back on their feet. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cynthia Jeansonne
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Hated to see the series end.
Published 2 months ago by Book lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good author and great story line
Published 2 months ago by Flora R. Plowinske
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