What an excellent book. This is Christian Fiction at its finest; it convicts your heart to question your deepest-held beliefs and to allow God to show you the truth. I cried as Andre, who had always considered himself and his family Christians, came to understand the horror he had inflicted upon his slaves. What a beautiful story, and so well done. One of my favorite books in a long time! Can't wait to read the next one!
Deep Fiction in the Deep South ..."Then Came Faith" was my first Louise Gouge novel, and what a treat! Maybe it's my obsession with "Gone With the Wind" and any story related to the era. Or maybe it's the fact that Louise Gouge has crafted a deep and moving novel about this country's turbulent times following the Civil War and the after effect on the lives of a beautiful but stubborn abolitionist and a handsome but embittered Southern gentleman. The richness of the writing, the depth of historical research, and a magnetic love story laced with haunting spiritual truths makes this book a must-read for historical romance lovers.
I had never read a book by Louise M Gouge before this one. I love historical Christian fiction, and the cover looked like something i would enjoy. I will tell you I am really impressed with this author and this book. I love it and read it in one night. I couldn't put it down. I wish I could rate it a 10 or higher. If you enjoy historical fiction, you will love this...especially the civil war era.
This was truly an incredible book to read. I have never truly thought about the after math of the Civil War and the effects it had on the many relationships between the North and the South until I read this book. This book depicted the struggles of people trying to rebuild their lives and also the citizens of the South were told the way they were living for hundreds of years was wrong. I enjoyed the fact that there was some romance between Andre and Juliana which appealed a lot to me. Truly this book was enjoyable from all aspects.
I'm impressed with this book. I'll tell you why. I remember growing up in the 1970s and watching several "mini-series" at that time. One was The Holocaust, and the other two were Roots and North & South. Remember those? I also read the books Roots and Queen by Alex Haley at the time. They were fabulous.Then Came Faith brought all of those memories back and with them came the emotion that coexists with reflecting on such trying times. I loved Juliana and Andre. They made an interesting couple--especially because of their extremely conflicting beliefs--even though they were apart for the majority of the book. The author did a fabulous job showing the hearts of both abolitionists and confederates at the time of reconstruction in the deep south.This story had some grit, yes, but it wasn't overly done. I especially loved it when Juliana went to confront the slimebag Dupris in his bawdy house and tried to help Gemma escape. That was priceless. Of course, the Civil War era books aren't realistic without a few Klan scenes. Those guys in the white hoods just make me sick, but without them the story doesn't feel as authentic. There was just enough to give you a sense of the internal and external conflict the characters experienced, but not enough to seem excessively dramatic.I thoroughly enjoyed Then Came Faith and am looking forward to the next book in the series. This is one of those stories that you hate to have end. The faith element was very well done and the change of heart amongst many of the characters was heartwarming and sincere. I also must add that I really enjoyed getting to know Andre and experiencing the doubts regarding his culture and the way he grew up believing that "chattels" as he referred to them, were not equal to whites, yet he loved Cordell like a brother, so he saw the contradiction even within himself.