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Emma's Gift: A Novel by [Kelly, Leisha]
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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: 1548 KB
  • Print Length: 324 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (September 1, 2003)
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2003
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B0VMJQQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,201 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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"Emma's Gift" by Leisha Kelly 5-stars and wish I could give it more.

Wow! What a great story, and by a great storyteller. And I just have to say that this story was the second story in the series, and Ms. Kelly did as good a job on the first one as this one. My guess is that the third story will be just as good, possibly even better ....though I don't know how it could be. She writes so as to make it seem that you're right there, part of the family. Wow!

I love a good story! And for those who might be a little skittish of the Christian references, don't be, ...it's not shooved down your throat even if there are references. If you wish, you can skim over those Biblical thoughts and passages, and you still have a great story. Don't miss this series if you like good stories. Leisha Kelly is just a great storyteller and I'll keep on the lookout for more of her stories.

Patrick
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I read the first book of the series and was delighted to read this one. I love this family, their neighbors and friends. The author brings the characters to life and you can easily identify with them. I don't like giving things away so I don't comment much on the story line. This is however, a story about the strength of family and what family means. Sometimes "family" becomes the people in our community, neighbors and members of your church that cross the boundaries to become our family outside of the traditional sense of the word. Read the book if you like being drawn into a story and at the end hate leaving the characters behind. It would behoove you to start with the first book so that you get to know the characters better and how they came to where they are in this book.
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This entire trilogy is a wonderful reading experience. I had never heard of Leisha Kelly before reading this book, and now, learning of her death in 2011, I feel I've lost a dear friend; that's how personal her writing is. Though not the first book in this trilogy, I found it the most poignient.
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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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Emma's Gift was a very heart warming story. It showed how the love and example of one lady, Emma, was passed on to Samuel and Julia and their children and how they exhibited God's love to their neighbor's children and their dad after the passing of their wife and mother. Loved reading this novel; well written
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Again, Leisha Kelly has written a book that sounds more like someone recounting real events, than someone trying to come up with clever phrases strung together. Lovely story. Sad in some parts, so tear-jerkingly tender in others.
What everyone learned from this simple, generous woman of God was beautiful. She continued to affect people in special ways even after her death.
I don't often give 5 stars, but these two books were worth it!!
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