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|Format: DRM Protected ePub|
Vendor: Multnomah Books
Publication Date: 2010
Availability: In Stock
Series: Crossroads of Grace
Ten Thousand Charms, Crossroads of Grace Series #1Allison K. PittmanMultnomah Books / 2006 / Trade Paperback$11.99 Retail:4.5 Stars Out Of 5 16 Reviews
$14.99Save 20% ($3.00)Availability: In StockCBD Stock No: WW525750
Finding herself abandoned as a small child, young Kassandra quickly learns what it means to survive on the streets of New York City in 1841. When an accident leaves her seriously wounded, only the care of Reverend Joseph Hartmann can save her fragile life. He takes her in and provides her with a comfortable home, teaching her about Gods word and the hope she can have in Christ. As a teenager, her innocent heart is stolen by a young Irish man named Ben, who leads her on a whirlwind romance and convinces her to run away with him. Young love quickly turns into disaster as Kassandra discovers Bens world is not like she imagined. Lost in an arena of violence, deceit, and eventually prostitution, Kassandra believes that she has gone too far and that her Father will never forgive her. Her decisions continue to lead her farther from her home and her Lord, and though hope is offered for a short period of time, the reader wonders, too, whether she will return home or if she is lost forever.
Speak Through the Wind begins at a quick pace, moving persistently, and spending little time on background information. However, as the story progresses, the plot occasionally stalls. In two instances, it seemed that the author was unsure of where to take the storyline, and the main character became stuck in one spot for several chapters. This made continuing with the story difficult; however, there are redeeming sections of the novel that pull the reader back. In particular, there is a moment of hope that seems to create a happy ending for all involved. Unfortunately, the main characters choices disappoint the reader again and prolong her own suffering.
The strength of this novel lies in the authors ability to create a realistic and dramatic environment that grabs the readers attention. However, Pittman fails to maintain that realism with her characters. Perhaps Kassandras naiveté is believable when she is living in the Reverends home, but after she has worked several years as a prostitute, it becomes unconvincing. Reverend Joseph also possesses a character flaw: unbelievable perfection. He is always the redeemer for others, but never seems to need forgiveness himself. The final blemish of the novel is the incredibly abrupt ending which could leave some readers searching for more.
Overall, Speak Through the Wind book is not light summer reading, but an insightful piece dealing with the endless battle of sin and forgiveness. Nicole Miller, Christian Book Previews.com
RadioladyToronto, OntarioAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5January 11, 2012RadioladyToronto, OntarioAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4This is a touching and heart-wrenching story of a girl abandoned at a young age and rescued by a godly man. While it seems as though she rarely has choices, the greatest one comes when she chooses to give herself to the One who loves her. A painfully beautiful story.
eileenlong island nyAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5great bookOctober 25, 2011eileenlong island nyAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5will share this book with friends. Was a great read
MazyOhioAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5August 26, 2011MazyOhioAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I haven't been able to put this book down, the same with Book #1 of the series. Written in a surprisingly frank way, not something that is found in many Christian fiction books (at least in my experience).
I'm sorry the third installment is out of print - would love to have read that one.
Dorothy Chapin1 Stars Out Of 5Not a book I would expect Christian Books to sell.August 15, 2011Dorothy ChapinQuality: 1Value: 1Meets Expectations: 1I had to read 34 chapters before anything uplifting. I'm not interested in alcohol and prostitution. I will not pass this book on to family or friends.
Michele5 Stars Out Of 5May 19, 2010MicheleThis is a powerful book - the reality of tragedy in life and God's presence through it all. Pittman's writing style is high caliber, yet not difficult to read. Pittman is now one of my favorite authors.