WHERE WILDFLOWERS BLOOM (A Christian Fiction Book Review)
Where Wildflowers Bloom, by Ann Shorey, is set in 1866, just following the end of the Civil War and in Missouri, near to some of the battle sites of the war. It is an emotional one which captures the struggles of two families, in particular, who have experienced great losses due to the war, and also of the small town in which they live, Noble Springs.
The main personality, Faith Lindberg, has many conflicts as she cares for an elderly grandfather, takes over the operation of the mercantile he has run for so many years, and sets her sights not only on the Oregon Territory as a way to “begin again,” but also on a man who left for the war many years prior and returns as the answer to all her dreams.
The conflicts faced by the various characters in the story, and the nearly insurmountable obstacles to be overcome before attaining their goals, gives the reader much to think about; the grandfather’s constant faith that the Lord is in control of all their actions gives assurance that in the end, all will be right, even though he, himself, is doubtful and perplexed at times.
Faith, as a 20-year-old, has a very innocent view of life, sometimes quite naive, and is also a stubborn young woman who feels she can manipulate those around her into seeing things her way. She struggles with her feelings toward the men she loves and respects, but is captivated with some special friendships. She matures through this adventure and becomes wise through her experiences.
Grandfather’s wisdom in the quoting of a verse from Proverbs, gives a huge clue to his desire and ability to care for those who are less fortunate. Many events throughout the story make it easy to help others without even thinking about it, just because it is “the right thing to do.”
This is an enjoyable and quick-moving novel which brings to light many problems which may be faced by families living in the twenty-first century, just as they were in 1866.
Julieanne Joy In Our Journey.com
I received one copy of Where Wildflowers Bloom in exchange for an honest review of this book. No other compensation was provided.
Hi! I'm Julieanne! You'll find me in the kitchen trying new Trim Healthy Mama recipes, loving God, and carrying out that love as I bless my husband and teen daughters.
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