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- Print Length: 267 pages
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- Publication Date: November 19, 2018
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07KQMV46G
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Surprisingly, I’m nearly at a loss for words for this one. The story is engaging; I was hooked early on, and I always wanted to know what happened next. The plot, characters, even the setting are unique but realistic. It’s interesting, and for the most part I enjoyed reading it. I appreciate the themes of something good eventually being found in the wake of tragedy, perseverance, the importance of personal growth, and reliance on God. The depictions of family are admirable, and friendships are genuine. As Patience fights to make or find her own place in a world she has never really been a part of, I couldn’t help but cheer for her and hope with her. As naive and illogical as she is, she is also incredibly endearing. Her childhood was very unusual, and it is understandable that she would come away from being raised in an asylum with a few strange ideas as well as a passion for helping those who have been overlooked. She learns a lot about the ‘real’ world in a short time, and her reliance on God anchors her even as she struggles to make unforseen decisions and create her new life. One of those decisions is about her inconsistent relationship with Reed, the man who brings her from Lennhurst Asylum to the land that is rightfully hers, without telling her that he also has a past connection to the land she technically owns and that he desperately wants it for his own. He is helpful without
And yet, despite all that I enjoyed and despite how much I liked getting to know Patience and rooting for her, I keep wavering about whether I truly liked the book as a whole. The biggest reason is her counterpart: Reed Chapman. Reed is hard working, logical, dedicated (usually), has a sense of humor, wants to do what’s right (usually), and is a good friend. But he is also extremely selfish and short-sighted for the majority of the book, and he has an unreasonable temper. He responds with violence when he is afraid or upset. He doesn’t even attempt to control his emotions or reaction when someone crosses him, and this leads him to mistreat Patience on multiple occasions. Their arguments become disturbingly physical, and Reed fails to apologize for his actions until he is called out and realizes that the truth makes him look bad. I truly do not understand how Patience could fall in love with someone like Reed who repeatedly fails to listen to what she says, attempts to manipulate her, and ultimately hurts her both physically and emotionally, even if it is unintentional. I get that part of the plot is Reed’s change of character and coming to know God, but from my perspective, his change is too little too late. I don’t begrudge Patience the decisions she makes, but her generosity and ability to forgive stretch much higher than my own. Reed certainly has his good qualities and moments, too, but the negative ones are what stand out more to me.
This review and additional commentary originally posted on Reviews From the Stacks.
Several reasons I was interested in reading this book.
1. PA is my home state and I enjoy reading books set here even though I do not live close to Hancock,PA where this book is set.
2. Asylums, I have always been fascinated in reading books where all of it or part of it is set in an asylum, especially haunted ones. While this asylum is not haunted it is fascinating to read about and I have a lot of compassion for people that were there, many times against their own will.
3. Civil War, one of my favorite historical subjects to read about.This takes place after the Civil War but does factor into it.
The Civil War leaves Reed Chapman a bitter man, it has left his brother Robert who fought in it a broken dependent man in body and soul.
Reed meets a Polish family when he is a young man. They live next door on land that belonged to his grandfather before it was sold to them. He meets a sweet little girl but tragedy soon follows as a fire wipes out the entire Polish family, parents and children alike.
As the land sits vacant after the fire Reed is determined to get his family's land back which leads him to Lennhurst Asylum. The description of the asylum is so realistic, my heart goes out to all institutionalized. Reed is shocked to see who is there to meet him, the young girl he met so many years ago, the only one who hasn't perished in the fire.
She believes is the heir to the land and she is also leaving the asylum because she is of age to do so.
She is an innocent in all ways having no life experience besides the institution since she has been there for almost all her years. Her tender heart believes in fairies and is friends with the bugs.
Being responsible for a woman, any woman and especially one with so little life experiences is not what Reed is looking for but he feels responsible for this child-like woman.
Reed is understandably frustrated when Patience does things that could endanger her well being.
Could a romance possibly crop up between a man of the world and this innocent child-like woman?
I felt a connection with Patience, she is so in-tune with nature, gardens,lakes,woodland areas and has winged friends. This book has such a good feel to it!
This is the second book in the series and I would absolutely love to read the first and third book, which will be releasing Winter 2019.
Published November 19th 2018 by Field Runner Press.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you.
All opinions expressed are my own.