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In an attempt to escape the past, Sarah, now twenty-seven, is living life hard and fast--and she is flat broke. When her estranged father dies, she travels to the tiny mountain hamlet of Jonah, New York to claim her inheritance. Once there, she learns her father's will stipulates a six-month stay before she can recieve the money. Fueled by hate and desperation, Sarah settles in for the bitter mountain winter, and as the weeks pass, she finds her life intertwining with the lives of the simple, gracious townsfolk. Can these strangers teach Sarah how to forgive and find peace.
A story of grace, of God's never-ceasing love and the sometimes flawed, faithful people He uses to bring His purpose to pass.
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Vendor: Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date: 2008
Availability: In Stock
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In an attempt to escape the past, Sarah, now twenty-seven, is living life hard and fast--and she is flat broke. When her estranged father dies, she travels to the tiny mountain hamlet of Jonah, New York, to claim her inheritance. Once there, she learns her father's will stipulates a six-month stay before she can receive the money. Fueled by hate and desperation, Sarah settles in for the bitter mountain winter, and as the weeks pass, she finds her life intertwining with the lives of the simple, gracious townsfolk. Can these strangers teach Sarah how to forgive and find peace?
A story of grace, of God's never-ceasing love, and the sometimes flawed, faithful people He uses to bring His purposes to pass.
The books plot is well structured, with circumstances and events that could very well happen in a town of Jonahs size. The characters have very good relationships, and even the more hostile relationships are realistic and believable, even if a bit uncomfortable at times. The most intense and unforgettable experience comes toward the end of the book, when Sarah finds out the truth about her father and about her mothers murder. The author did such an amazing job at relaying the characters emotions that I could completely relate to Sarah in this moment of truth.
Besides the fact that Sarah has to live in Jonah for six months before she can get her fathers money, there are many secrets to be revealed, and almost each character has one. One dilemma that develops unexpectedly for Sarah is a developing love for Jack Watson, the towns pastor. Each of their pasts includes an ex-lover, which neither knows about, but which hinders the development of their current relationship. Sarah knows that her feelings toward Jack will weigh heavily on her choice to stay or leave Jonah after her six months.
Because of Sarahs fierce independence, she often drives people away from her, even though she is screaming on the inside for them to make her their friend. Sarah even pushes God away. One passage of scripture that was focused on in the book was the love lesson found in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. Love is the one thing that Sarah Graham needs to work on before she can ever have a relationship with Jack Watson or any new friends.
There is a lot of symbolism in the story. For example, the name of the town symbolized Sarah and how she ended up in the belly of the whale because she was running away from life. Other names and objects also serve as symbols for the underlying message of the story.
I truly enjoyed this book! I could immediately relate to the main character, especially in her emotions for her father. It did, however, leave me wanting more at the end. I thought, There has to be a sequel! This is because the books ending offers some logical but unexpected big surprises. Some key contemporary issues, ranging from pre-marital sex to family disintegration, are faced in a biblical way in this book. I would definitely recommend this book to any church library and to anyone who may be struggling with unforgiveness, love, or escaping ones past. -- Mindy T. Kreilein, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
DebbWatertown, WIAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Read This BookJuly 14, 2011DebbWatertown, WIAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I loved this book. It really makes you stop and think about what you believe and how you treat those who don't act the way you think they should. I agree with the other review that the book ends abruptly...I'm waiting for more!
Barb Collver4 Stars Out Of 5December 29, 2008Barb CollverExcellent book. Enjoyed it immensely! It ended rather abruptly, so I hope she is writing the sequel. Good book for discussion with book clubs. Message of salvation to main character was a bit slow in coming.