I don’t usually do a full post with only one review, but I think perhaps it is time to change that and start doing a few more now and then.
As soon as I heard that Ivy Rose had a new story out, I was interested. I had loved her first book The Old River Road and was eager to see what this new story was about. Then I saw the cover and read the synopsis. I wanted to read the book right then and there. So, when Ivy asked for people to read and review this short book, I jumped at the chance. I wasn’t disappointed.
Lindy Greene’s life is perfect. Too perfect. But living as a missionary nurse, serving in a small hospital in China, soon brings the disaster she fearfully anticipates. All of her well-thought-out plans for the future disintegrate after pulling a fatally ill, disfigured, abandoned child from a pile of trash. She doesn’t even like babies.
Nathan Thomas can’t find balance. College suited him just fine until his cash ran out, forcing him to the Chinese mission field with his parents. The chaotic atmosphere in China does little to relax his agitated mind, and the pretty blonde nurse at the hospital does nothing to help him focus.
The Chinese mission field isn’t for the faint of heart. Nathan wonders how he can survive his remaining time there, while Lindy struggles to help everyone she can. With different ideals pulling them in separate directions, there is one thing drawing them together: a tiny, sickly, crippled orphan who relies on them to stay alive.
I knew this was a shorter story, so wasn’t expecting it to take me very long to read. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that it was longer than I had thought. I was pulled into the story right away and my heart cried over Jia, but especially over the other children in the orphanage Lindy visited. There is a bit of sweet guy and girl interest, but that’s not the focus of the story and it was all done tastefully. One thing I appreciated about this book was the talk about God’s ways and how we so often think we know His will, and when things change, we can’t figure out why. It’s not that God has changed His mind, but perhaps it’s because we didn’t understand in the first place. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the plight of the unwanted children of China, or even anyone just wanting a good story to read.
*I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.*
About the Author:
Ivy Rose is an 18 year old history lover and literary enthusiast. Aside from writing, she enjoys being outdoors, eating chocolate, traveling, reading, and doing TaeKwonDo. She resides with her family of 9 on the banks of the Long Lake in eastern Washington.
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