My Rating: Fall/Spring
Although the back cover can be a bit misleading, the characters mainly focused on in this story are Roy, Della, and Alisha (Lish)--all three of them going through their own real struggles and learning some powerful lessons. Each of their stories feel very authentic, but can also be very hard to read.
I had a hard time buckling down and finishing this story, not because the writing was bad, but because this is not a fun book. The ending does indeed give the reader hope, and the title fits in nicely. However, reading about the hard times of these characters--their sorrow, their inner turmoil, and especially Lish's depression--was, well, really hard.
I feel like this book served to open my mind in some way and guided me through thinking deeply about certain issues. Being aware of the pain of others and being reminded to reach out in love, compassion, and patience is important. And now that I'm planning on taking a class called General Psychology, I am also reminded of how much there is to learn. And yet, we can be assured that God is omnipotent and knows each of our unique struggles, and He will be right there to help us and walk beside us.
All in all, the depth of this book should get a higher rating, and I would recommend it for that reason. But I don't recommend reading this book when you're going through some transitions in your life or when you're not ready to be drawn into an often troubling and rather painful story.
*I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through the BookSneeze program in exchange for my honest opinion.*
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