- File Size: 780 KB
- Print Length: 378 pages
- Publisher: Christian Faith Publishing, Inc. (March 27, 2018)
- Publication Date: March 27, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07BS3588C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,118,012 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lane Steen is a teenage girl living in the Ozarks with her father and her “mama”, who she discovers is not really her mother. She lives a life of poverty and abuse, with an angry alcoholic father who treats her with barely concealed animosity when he is sober and beatings when he is drunk. Mama gives her a bare minimum of physical needs, but no real love or caring and very little protection. She is abused herself, and has such low self-esteem that she can’t be a support for Lane. The only positive in Lane’s life is school, which she loves, and which she sees as a possible way she can escape. She has a good friend, Tabitha, and an older friend and protector, Guy, who stand by her. When a new school teacher comes to town, everything begins to change for Lane. Miss Edith fills Lane with hope when she tells her she has a gift for teaching and she could become a teacher. She watches Lane carefully, because she has a secret too, and she knows things about Lane that no one else in the town of Valley Creek knows. Throughout the book, the characters ebb and flow with the events as we learn their histories and get a better understanding of them and their strengths and weaknesses. We fall in love with them as well as Lane, and I can’t wait for future books to further explore some of these characters. The Christian message is present and important, but it doesn’t hit you over the head or reduce the complexity of the story itself. I have always loved the books of Grace Livingston Hill, and I think Candace Posey is a worthy successor.
Born into an impoverished, abusive home in the early 20th Century Ozarks, Lane has few prospects and little joy. But her life shifts dramatically when a kind young schoolteacher comes to town, offering encouragement and the key to an unexpected future. As Lane grows and her circumstances change, God changes her heart as well.
Lane Steen has the atmosphere and unabashedly Christian themes of a classic Grace Livingston Hill novel, but with an introspective and poignant view of the faith journey, facilitated by realistic first person narrative. Accompanying Lane through her challenges and blessings is both heartwarming and thought-provoking. The poetic natural descriptions and engaging character interaction make the story entertaining as well.
I highly recommend this book to readers who love Christian Fiction or anyone who enjoys historical coming of age stories.
If you haven't read the book - you need to! The author has the ability to draw you into the story where you feel as if you walk among the characters. Candace's writing makes you feel you can reach out and touch the surroundings, the people, and the town where this young girl grew up. It makes you feel like you are a part of their lives.
My only regret for reading this book is that I finished it. Please continue the story! We are waiting for your next book!
Well done Candace!