Sarah's Smile (The Daughters of Riverton) 1st Edition
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"This book creates a feeling of not only stepping back in time, but of walking into a peaceful, Midwestern town. The author's descriptions are delicious! Her voice is distinctive and fresh in historical fiction. She has a way with dialogue and story that will make this book-and this series-reader favorites."
"Peopled by realistic and well-rounded, late Victorian characters with hurts, foibles, and redeemable traits, this story revolves around the themes of trust, disappointment, forgiveness, and the consequences of poor choices. The writing is first class."
"It was a heartwarming and inspirational story. I wept. Sarah and Peter have remained live in my thoughts."
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"A captivating story of love with a well-crafted lesson of true forgiveness woven by characters that are real and refreshingly human."
"This story delighted me, challenged me...quite surprisingly."
"This story touched me on so many levels. This writer appreciated the author's ability to make her forget it was only a story."
About the Author
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Paperback : 394 pages
- ISBN-10 : 099781540X
- ISBN-13 : 978-0997815405
- Publisher : Morningview Publishing; 1st edition (September 5, 2016)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,686,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Peter has lots of regrets in his life, the biggest being letting Sarah get away. After growing up in the same small town, Peter leaves for college. Peter and Sarah had been the best of friends and confidants. Peter had defended Sarah from her enemies, and her love and respect for him had blossomed. Peter and Sarah continue their friendship while Peter is in college, but suddenly his letters stop. Peter had found someone else and Sarah was crushed. When Peter comes back as a widower with a young child, all of Sarah's wounds are reopened.
Is it possible to go back home? Is it possible to repair the hurts and get past the regrets? Peter and Sarah have a long and perilous road ahead of them if they want to rekindle their friendship.
Themes of forgiveness, God's sovereignty, and friendship are woven throughout this book. I really liked how the author handled the journey each character needed to go on in order to grow. Forgiveness is not a one-and-done event, with smooth sailing forever after. Both Sarah and Peter have a list of issues to work through and I enjoyed following their journey.
Her goal had been to leave her small town, perhaps serving the Lord as a foreign missionary. She wanted to make a difference with her life and leave behind painful family memories as well as her loss of Peter’s love. Peter’s reappearance with his adorable, little daughter Mary now has made life complicated. What is Sarah’s heart to do?
Secondary characters only add interest. Will, dashing, wealthy and with a history, is very likable; starchy Grams really wants the best for Sarah, but Rebecca has totally another agenda.
The theme of forgiveness flavors the book and the author deftly weaves the story through many layers before the astonishing ending.
At times, I was pulled out of the story with detailed description or an omniscient voice, but this was minimal. Well worth a read. I look forward to book two.
This story, based on a 1902 back drop in a smaller town in Wisconsin, is thoughtfully and artfully painted with words that only a talented author can pen on paper.
What stands out even more are the many lessons of life that Dawn has carefully crafted into this story – a story that touches very tastefully on love, desire, innocence, hope, and dreams that we all have or have had. But it doesn’t stop there. It also deals with judgement of others, jealousy, revenge, gossip, slander, and more.
This, I feel, is a book that will deeply touch the souls of many, if not all, who read this piece of excellent literature. A valuable resource for reviewing lessons that we hopefully have already learned in our lives. This, in addition to learning from the lessons that the characters in this book had to learn on their individual life’s journey. The biggest and most important of them all – Forgiveness.
Top reviews from other countries
Peter, her friend of many years has returned to the small town and is now the parson of the local church. Initially, I was not so keen on him. He came across as rather selfish.
This is a story that makes you think … encourages one to check motives and attitude to others.
I haven't gone into any details about the story, as others have done that. I just wish to share my overall opinion. Which is positive. Sarah's smile is an excellent book. Well written and captivating. I loved it.