- Series: Persimmon Hollow Legacy
- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Franciscan Media (July 17, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781616368630
- ISBN-13: 978-1616368630
- ASIN: 1616368632
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #537,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Gerri has a B.A. in English from Stetson University, where she has a day job in social media and online marketing. A former journalist who always wanted to write about local history instead of local government, she edited The Parce Letters: Voices from the Past, a collection of primary sources on Florida pioneers. She blogs about pioneer life at frontier-florida.blogspot.com/. And she shares her space-geek husband's enthusiasm for our final frontier, which helps her remember she doesn't live in the 19th century.
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The story was well written and enchanting and you really felt for the main character as she struggled through her young adulthood.
Looking forward to the author’s next book!
The hero, Seth Taylor starts out a rather grumpy man who has turned his back on God and wants nothing to do with Him. He is rather rude to Agnes when they meet, but begins to warm up to her. Agnes is determined to get Seth's nephew, who arrived on the train with Agnes, in school instead of out on the grove working for his Seth.
Agnes is anxious to get her adopted daughter from the orphanage and down to Persimmon Hollow, Florida as soon as possible, so she is saving up her teacher's pay to send to the orphanage to get Polly to Florida. Not to mention, helping the orphanage she grew up in. The need to get Polly to Persimmon Hollow as quickly as possible becomes a necessity when the child's life is in danger. Seth steps up and wires the money to the orphanage to get Polly to Agnes as soon as possible.
This is a story that will touch your heart and keep you wanting to read until the very end. You will also hate to see it end and hope for a second book to follow up on Polly's progress as a young lady. Let's hope there will be one. Enjoy!
This book was given to me for my honest review. The opinions stated are my own and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
The characters - both main and secondary - were perhaps my favorite part of this novel. So delightfully charming, they each dug themselves a place in my heart before too many pages had turned. Clyde, Fanny, and Eunice are such a wonderful trio with great lines like, "Wasn't fixing to turn my delivery wagon into a barouche." Billy and Polly are adorable children - especially Billy - and they added an energy to the story that would have otherwise been missing from the other characters. I really enjoyed watching Seth's journey with God as he struggled to deal with impossibly tough issues that life (and others) had handed him; his anger didn't have an easy fix - or easy answers - and I appreciated that Gerri didn't give him any.
Agnes comes from a very devout Catholic background; when she arrives in Persimmon Hollow, she finds that she is one of the only Catholics in the area. As such, she must adjust to worshiping with people from other denominational backgrounds and wrestle with a small amount of prejudice. Although I am not Catholic, I appreciate how Gerri Bauer embeds her own beliefs and practices into Agnes' character - many readers can and will relate to her, a rarity for Catholics in the Christian fiction realm. While at times, the story did get a bit too "preachy" for my tastes, it really is all part of Agnes' character.
And I really must make mention of the bad guys - they were nothing to laugh at, really, but at times they did indeed make me chuckle. Like when one said he was "getting moldy" from being cooped up by all the rain. The bits of humor scattered throughout their scenes helped offset their evil intentions a bit and kept the story from becoming too heavy.
Bottom Line: A strong debut novel and a great start to the "Persimmon Hollow Legacy" series, At Home in Persimmon Hollow has a little bit of everything - history, romance, humor, faith, and suspense. Christian fiction readers from a Catholic background will especially appreciate this story as it honors their worship practices and beliefs, but folks from other denominations won't find it off-putting (at least I didn't).
(I received a complimentary copy of this book.)
I also particularly enjoyed reading about Catholic characters, who are under-represented in Christian fiction. Agnes's faith and practices were well-integrated into her character (although she could spout more verses than about anyone I know).
At Home in Persimmon Hollow is a sweet and simple story. It reminded me of the "Little House on the Prairie" TV series. Community and faith are woven throughout the locals' lives. Kids are cute and spunky. The villains are somewhat bumbling. The outcome is predictable but enjoyable.
All in all, a well-written, light romantic read with a unique bit of history.
(I received a copy via NetGalley. Opinions expressed are my own.)