One of the things that I truly enjoy about novels is reaching into their depths to find out what messages about life, love, or faith the story has to impart to the reader. As an english major in college, I looked for these messages quite a bit. In classes, we would joke that perhaps the author meant for us to take a story at face value and never meant anything deeper than that. But as people, we tend to look for those hidden meanings, don’t we? We also think people have ulterior motives or mean something different than what they say.
The message that this novel has to share is one that I truly enjoyed, and one that I think nearly everyone has wondered from time to time. “If God is so good and loves us, why does he let us suffer?”
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**I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review**
This novel was a somber story. Set during the depression, the poverty that surrounds the characters adds an echo to the desolation found within the three women of the story. Each one has a story that unfolds within the pages. Each one is a story that can be represented by a flower waiting to bloom in the spring- dead in the winter and just waiting to come alive. As their stories intertwine more and more, they learn to find hope in the broken dreams around them.
Overall, I really enjoyed this novel. Alicia G. Ruggieri created a beautiful story within the pages of this book. Filled with a variety of characters that come alive on the page and moments that will break your heart for them. There are a number of challenges that the three women in this story are faced with that all lead them to some realization about faith. This novel presents the Gospel message in a beautiful way and in a way that nearly anyone can relate to.
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