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The Caregiver: Families of Honor, Book One Paperback – March 8, 2011
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''Shelley Shepard Gray writes with honesty, tenderness, and depth. Her characters are admirable, richly layered, and impossible to forget long after the story is done.'' --Jillian Hart --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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Two lives converge one stormy night on a train headed to cleveland
Lucy is traveling by herself via train to Jacob's Crossing to help care for her cousin Mattie, recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Trying to overcome the sudden death of her husband, she's glad to get away and focus on someone else for a while.
The only other Amish people on the train are Calvin Weaver and his little sister, Katie. When their train breaks down outside of Cleveland, Calvin and Lucy band together to face the outside world. But Calvin also carries the weight of past hurts. When an altercation brings both their wounds to light, they question whether they can trust each other.
Once in Jacob's Crossing, Lucy is occupied with caring for Mattie, while Calvin does his best to run his family's farm. But they can't stop thinking about those special hours spent together. Will the bond they formed last? And will Lucy and Calvin be able to put away the pain in their pasts to recognize the happiness that is suddenly in their grasp?
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Top Customer Reviews
Lucy is the victim of an abusive husband. What makes her situation unique is that both she and her husband are Amish. I find this groundbreaking because other books dealing with the Amish tend to make their entire lifestyle to seem so peaceful and full of tranquility and that nothing from the outside world taints their community. However Gray clearly shows that the Amish are not immune from this type of behavior and Lucy's husband was just as terrible as abusive husbands from the outside world. What probably made it even more worse for her is that there was absolutely no one she could tell this to and to get any sort of help would have been really frowned upon. I ache that she had to go through all of it alone and the emotional and physical scars that it left on her.
At first I got annoyed with Lucy for making such a harsh judgment about Calvin after one single incident. Her complete 180 attitude and not even bothering to try to listen to his reason for why he did what he did got on my nerves. Then I realized that she is coming from an abusive relationship. She is wary of any sort of hints of abuse in a person's character because she fears it. I immediately changed my mind about her and began to empathize with her.Read more ›
While I do like Amish romance novels, I found this one exasperating. For one, the POV switches between at least four people, which can get confusing, especially when those people aren't in the same place as each other. One minute you're on a train traveling the countryside during a storm, and the next you're in town going to a medical center for cancer treatments, and the next you're back on the train. Personally, I prefer novels that start new chapters when introducing a new POV character, rather than inserting completely new scenes into the middle of existing scenes.
I also found the author's use of sentence fragments quite annoying. The occasional sentence fragment can be used successfully for dramatic effect, but she uses them on every single page! By page 38, I wanted to throw the book across the room. It's lazy writing.
Then, too, the psychology in the story seems a bit odd. It's been my impression that women suffering from Battered Women's Syndrome aren't aware of the reasons behind their reactions. They may act skittish, and have low self-esteem, and all of that, but they don't typically sit there and analyze their actions, thinking, "I'm behaving this way because of what my abusive husband did to me.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have just read the entire Families of Honor Series. I could not put the book down. As a avid reader of Amish books from various authors, this series is amazing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by sharon ligon
I loved this book can't wait to read the 2nd one. I got so involved with each character I highly recommend reading this book only problem you will have is putting it down once you... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Carson
I have read all the 3 of the books . As they were good and I did enjoy them... but some things did not seem true to life. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sue