From the battlefield to the hardware store in a small town, I was given a glimpse into the life of an everyman, Jonathan Beecher. He was a widower and a father, trying to keep a family business afloat while his sons ran headlong into the conflict and his daughter tried to find her way. I admired how Beecher coped with loss and his questioning of love and war—and marveled at his ability to rise above it all. And when the town rallied around him and he found someone to share the happiness and burdens of life with, I cheered. I felt as if I had truly been a part of his journey.
When reflecting on the horrors of war, we rarely think of the toll it takes on the people back home. This perspective is at the center of It Is Well by gifted historical author James D. Shipman. This is a novel I won’t forget for a long, long time.
- Danielle Marshall, Editor