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- The Fragrance of Geraniums
- All Our Empty Places
- A Love to Come Home To
- ASIN : B00P4PB7W6
- Publisher : Brighter Destiny Productions (November 13, 2014)
- Publication date : November 13, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 2542 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 269 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #220,165 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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The bad: There were hints of this, but then at about the halfway point the author's agenda became very clear. It was like watching one of those very bad commercials. You know the ones where all is doom and gloom and no one can do anything right until they buy the product and then everything is wonderful and perfect. This is how the whole book unfolded. The Catholic characters were the doom and gloom and the Protestant characters were the wonderful and perfect. Once the Catholic characters bought into the Protestant faith their lives became so much better immediately which of course is misleading. Conversion in any faith is not immediate, takes time and is a continuous, lifelong process. The book is also full of inaccuracies concerning the Catholic faith. The author is obviously not a Catholic and evidently didn't research the Catholic faith. She writes that Catholics don't have personal relationships with God, don't read the Bible, and other misinformation throughout which I won't list because I have spent way too much time on this book already. I don't like leaving bad reviews and I don't think I've ever given one this harsh, but if someone is going to write a book they should know the subject or thoroughly research it.
Grace’s home life is anything but good. With her father more interested in a woman down the road than his own wife, her siblings either uncaring or unable to be there and watch the goings-on, and her mother a cold, hard woman to protect herself, Grace lives a very lonely life. When she sees the children at school, she wants to do her best to hide her background from them—but one can only do so much. Her bright spot in life is seeing the cheerful red geraniums on a house when she goes to and from school. But one day, the geraniums disappear. And when her mother becomes pregnant, Grace knows she won’t be able to even pursue the one thing she loves much longer—she’ll be needed at home. Will she ever be able to find hope in life?
Grace’s love for her family and yet her fear for them was very easy to relate to. I don’t know what I would do if I had to face what she faced, but she did what she had to with a lot of bravery and determination. I loved seeing a girl who didn’t have a whole lot going for her in life stick it out and try to make the best of what she had. It often wasn’t easy, but she did what she could with the time she had—and that’s the part that I loved. Of course, the friendships made along the way were beautiful, and I loved seeing the attitude changes in characters too—some finding a deeper sense of contentment, some finding hope, some finding faith. A great story!
Note: Recommended for readers 15 and up, because of more adult themes.
Emma's review: This is a good book. I was drawn in to Grace's story immediately. Her father made me quite angry at his cruelty and cluelessness, and I felt quite sorry for her mother Sarah. The situation seemed hopeless for both Sarah and Grace; was there even a single ray of hope anywhere for them? Though the author told the story from many different points of view, I never had trouble keeping track of who was speaking. This was the first book I have read by this author, but it won't be the last.