Author: Ginny L. Yttrup
Date Finished: March 13, 2011
Personal Book Count: 8 out of 75
Rating: 4 out of 5
Genre/ Subject: christian fiction
First Line: I collect words.
Why did I pick this book?: I received this book as a review copy from librarything.com.
Summary and Review: “ I collect words. I keep them in a box in my mind. Whenever I wanted, I’d open the box and pick up the papers, reading and feeling the words all at once. Then I could hide the box. But the words are safer in my mind. There, he can’t take them.”
Ten-year old Kaylee Wren doesn’t speak. Not since her drug-addled mother walked away, leaving her in a remote cabin nestled in the towering redwoods-in the care of a man who is as dangerous as he is evil. With silence her only refuge, Kaylee collects words she might never speak from the only memento her mother left behind: a dictionary.
Sierra Dawn is thirty-four, an artist, and alone. She has allowed the shame of her past to silence her present hopes and chooses to bury her pain by trying to control her circumstances. But on the twelfth anniversary of her daughter’s death, Sierra’s control begins to crumble as the God of her childhood woos her back to Himself.
Brought together by Divine design, Kaylee and Sierra will discover together the healing mercy of the Word—Jesus Christ.”
I loved this book. The characters, the setting. And the author speaks in a language that makes you feel like you are there. Sierra is so kind and becomes so open, and Kaylee although she has been through so much at such a young age, is so strong, and the type of girl you want to hang out with. Despite not speaking, she really draws the reader, and everyone around her in. Also, I wish I could SEE Sierra's art. Pete is a giant teddy bear you just want to cuddle up with, and have him take care of you. It is set on the coast, so there is a lot of oceans, mountains and everything in between. And the author paints it with such vivid colors that I would like to go visit one day.
Now I have thrown many a book across the room, when I found they came on too heavy too fast with Jesus. I felt was it forced on me. If you are a Christian, you don't need that, and if you aren't, it's just going to turn you off. This book did NOT do that, and it made it a pleasure to read, as it just built up slowly throughout. There was a little bit of a heavy moral at the end, but it came on slowly, and you could see it coming. Over all, I liked this book, and was sorry to see it end. Will definitely read more by this author in the future. =D
Agree? Disagree? Recommendations? Any insights, suggestions, or comments on the book or format, or blog at all are most welcome. If you have read this and/ or review it yourself, please let me know. Can you think of any books like this? Give me a recommendation! =D