The Sign Painter is a story that has become all too familiar in America today. Amy Dowell has lost almost everything. Her beloved husband became seriously ill and due to that situation they lost their home and their income. Eventually Amy lost her husband to the cruel disease. She now finds herself living in a rundown pickup and camper with her young daughter Kimberly. For months they have been going from place to place as Amy finds work to keep them going.
By a complete act of Providence Amy comes upon a job and a housing situation that promises a second chance. In the shadow of Disney's Magical Kingdom sits the First Methodist Church. This church has a ministry to care for the least of these. Through their loving guidance Amy and Kimmie have an opportunity to start again making a new life.
If the story ended there it would be a lovely redemptive tale, but this story is written by Davis Bunn so you know there is another layer. Just down the street from the church complex is a small nondescript house that the drug cartel have moved into. The drug lords are also looking to take care of the least of these. In a very interesting twist of fate Amy finds herself right in the middle of a very dangerous drug ring.
For an added degree of interest this is based on a true story. I always enjoy Davis' writing and he has once again put together a compelling read that makes you consider the world past your manicured lawn.
I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
This is a novel with a message of hope. Amy is a single mom living in her husband's old camper on his old pickup. He'd died of cancer two years before. By the time he'd died she'd lost her job, their insurance, and their house. All she had left was her five year old daughter and the rusty old truck.
Amy has finally gotten a job creating a painting on a car dealership windows. Just in town she meets Lucy, director of the Methodist Church's daycare and ministry to the homeless. That meeting would change Amy's life.
The chance for Amy to have a new life looks like it might be derailed when a drug house in the neighborhood causes problems. Amy's life is in danger when she sees drug dealers laundering money through one of the car salesmen in the dealership.
In the short time the novel covers, we see Amy revealed as a capable and compassionate woman. Being given a chance at a new life inspires the courage to do what is right in a difficult situation. Several in the church stand by her with support and protection.
Most of the novel is a character study on Amy and how the ministry of the church has allowed her to get out of the hole into which she has fallen. There is a little romance in the novel but I was totally surprised at that outcome. There is a little action too as an ex-FBI agent and a retired policeman help the church oppose the drug culture encroaching into their territory.
This is not a novel for readers who like an action packed novel. This is more a study of what the work of a church can do to help change the lives of others. It is based on a true story and that is encouraging. The characters are well developed and grow as the story unfolds. Reading the novel will give you new perspective when you see the homeless. It will also give you pause to think what you and your church are doing to help the needy.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
Davis Bunn in his new book, "The Sign Painter published by Howard Books takes us into the life of Amy Dowell.
From the back cover: A deeply emotive story about a young mother struggling to get back on her feet after a devastating loss leaves both her and her daughter alone and living on the streetfrom bestselling and award-winning author Davis Bunn.
Amy Dowell had always considered herself a very good mother. But when she loses her husband to illness and her home to debt, she finds herself and her young daughter, Kimberly, living on the streets as she struggles to find a job that will get them back on their feet again.
When Amy meets Lucy Watts, the pastor in charge of the church program that fed Amy and Kimberly their latest meal, Lucy sets them up in temporary housing and gives her a lead on a job painting signs for a local auto dealershipbut Amy is hesitant to let go and trust. Is this finally a legitimate break? Can Amy subject herself to the possibility of disappointment and hurt by hoping again?
Inspired by the true story, The Sign Painter is a tale of desperation, taking chances, and ultimately redemption. This heartwarming novel blends mystery, romance, and characters youll root for, will leave you wonderingIs home really where the heart is?
It used to be that homeless were the bums, the drunks, the addicts that lived in a certain section of the city. Now being homeless can happen to practically anyone. Case in point Amy. She gets hammered with one bad situation after another until she and her daughter are living in a small camper attached to her late husbands truck, which, in itself, is a sign of the mercy of God at least the two of them are literally not on the street. Then the grace of God manifests itself in a variety of ways giving Amy a new chance. No doubt about it Davis Bunn knows how to write a great story. In The Sign Painter I think Mr. Bunn has created his most memorable characters yet. This is a story about healing, about family and that God is with us through every circumstance that comes our way and can get us out of whatever comes against us. Amy and Kimberly are terrific characters and we root for them as we live through their various ups and downs. Davis Bunn does a truly remarkable job in this book while exciting us with this story that everyone will enjoy. I liked The Sign Painter.
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The Sign Painter has a beautiful message of hope and redemption. It shows great awareness to the homeless and the poor community. The story was drama filled, playing with the reader's emotions. It also has some action, mystery and suspense. Though at times it was slow, it was a good and quick read. I think it is worth picking and reading.
I received this from Howard Books in exchange for an honest review which was given.