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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2006
ISBN: 9781585585908
ISBN-13: 9781585585908
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Series: Country Road Chronicles

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The Wortham family has been tested through hard times of injury, illness, and loss. But with the world on the brink of war, they are about to be tested again. And this time, they'll face the ultimate test: one of courage and survival.

Just days after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor, Robert Wortham and Willy Hammond enlist. As they head off to fight, their families are left behind to deal with fears of what lies ahead for their beloved brothers and sons. Armed with their faith in God and a bold prayer from Robert's girlfriend, Rachel, the Worthams and Hammonds can only hope for peace, strength, and a greater understanding of God amidst this cruel conflict that could forever change the future of both families.

The continuing story of the Wortham family and book 2 in the Country Road Chronicles, Rachel's Prayer is a powerful saga of courage and faith during the Second World War.

Author Bio

Prior to her untimely death in 2011, Leisha Kelly was the author of several bestselling historical fiction books, including Julia's Hope, Emma's Gift, and Katie's Dream. She served many years on her local library board and was active in the ministries of her church.

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Rachel’s Prayer by Leisha Kelly examines the struggles of two close families during World War II, as young men from both families leave to fight.
The story tends to go off on tangents that appear to have no other purpose but to further over-emphasize the difficulty and pain that these families—the Worthams and the Hammonds—are besieged with. Apart from that, this book can be difficult to read because the narrator of this first-person tale changes with each chapter. It is true that this technique significantly opens the story and allows the reader to see important details from the eyes of the character most deeply involved, but it is also confusing and challenging to read. However, if the reader can overcome this nuisance, several interesting characters will be discovered within the tale.
Sarah Jean Wortham and Franklin Drew Hammond are the two main characters in this story. Sarah’s brother Robert is fighting in the war, as are Frank’s three brothers, Kirk, Joe, and Willy. Frank walks with a limp and is, for insufficiently explained reasons, illiterate. Because of this, he was unable to go to war and, instead, stayed at home with his verbally abusive father. Sarah is a quiet and gentle girl who struggles with her emotions while her brother is at war, and begins to wonder if her Christian faith is lacking.
Julia Wortham is Sarah’s mother, and the third narrator of the story, though she doesn’t feature as prominently as Franky or her daughter. Julia’s point of view is mostly used to provide the reader with thoughts that are more mature than what would naturally come from the younger narrators. Rachel, though she is mentioned in the title, is barely even mentioned in the book. She is Robert’s girlfriend and is waiting for him to return in the hope that he will propose to her.
Overall, this book was a decent story. If I had read Leisha Kelly’s other books and had already known these characters, I may have found the story more interesting. At the least, I likely would not have gotten so lost in the opening chapter when there are too many characters running around and it is nearly impossible even to tell which ones are the protagonists. After the difficult first chapter, however, the story picked up and seemed promising for a few chapters before settling into a steady, but somewhat dull, saga. I would recommend this book to anyone who doesn’t mind a rather predictable story that is highlighted by interesting characters. – Sarah Haines, Christian Book Previews.com

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    All of the books in this series are exceptional. They take us to another era, one where life was so much harder than it is for us but yet, in many ways, better. These folks learned to lean on the Lord through their trials and to trust in His sufficiency. The simplicity of their lives is something I think we benefit to contemplate. They had no notions of entitlement or immediate gratification that we or, even more so, our children must graple with.

    As is made pretty obvious from the Christian Book Preview given, you should read these books in order, beginning with Julia's Hope, book 1 of The Wortham Family series (3 books). If you do, you will not encounter any confusion. It truly is just one story, split into several books. Then go to the Country Roads Chronicles series (4 books in that), You wouldn't pick up a stand-alone story and start at just over half way through and expect to understand what is happening with clarity. So why start with book 5 of what is essentially a 7 book series?

    These books have everything I look for in Christian fiction, but rarely find; the parable-like quality that teaches me how to be more like Jesus and how to love. Sadly, the author went home to be with the Lord and so we must content ourselves with just these few gems to cherish.
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