This is a novel of a subject that is not openly spoken or written about. Mara a 9-year old orphan is being sexually abused by a neighborhood bully. During this time she becomes acquainted with a girl her age who is called Camilla. This abusive is unknown to all those who know her, and the bully tells her that should she tell anybody the lady who she calls aunt Elma will die. This is a novel that speaks of a subject that is taboo, one that is not discussed by christian families. This is a story of a lost child who suffers a shattered childhood, but in the end with the help of God, her friends, she finds the answers to her questions, and finds people who answer all her questions and really do love her. This is a great novel and one that shows that their is much child abusive is this world and children need to be protected.
When I first heard of Watching the Tree Limbs, I was intrigued but apprehensive. The scope of Christian fiction has been steadily widening over the last several years, covering such previously taboo topics as divorce, drug addiction, homosexuality, and abuse, but its still rare to find a book that treats such subjects with an even hand, not softening the harshness of evil while not wallowing in the misery it brings. I heard some say that they werent interested in this story from the outset because it sounded depressingit deals very openly with childhood rape. Being a survivor of abuse myself, I wanted to see how the author handled it, but was afraid on the other hand of it being too realistic.Well it was not depressing. Tense at moments, heartwrenching much of the timebut so infused with grace and beauty that I could hardly put the book down ... except for the moments when God "breathed" on me so heavily I just needed to stop and soak it in. What an amazing story I could so relate to Mara in the first bookdisreputable parentage, betrayal by someone I should have been able to trust, the fear of telling anyone, the feeling that *I* was somehow responsible as well as defiled ... and yet God reached down and claimed me for His own, as He did Mara.A gorgeous reminder of how far-reaching is the redeeming hand of our Savior.