A wonderful story of truth and restoration. We learn the secrets in the lives of several people and learn the mystical way they overlap in each other's lives. We are drawn into the personal lives of the Janvier family, their niece, her father, and two old men in a nursing home, and as their stories are told we discover the unexpected thread joining them together in a marvelous way that only God can be orchestrating.
In my opinion, the author does not make use of the many opportunities to speak of God, use prayer, or teaching in the situation that present themselves in this story. Certainly not like the books I am accustomed to read. It is not what I would have classified a "Christian Fiction", but certainly a great story of the power of God over the circumstances of our lives.
It's a great book, and I wholeheartedly recommend it.
I had read 2 of Meissner's books and really enjoyed them. I was looking forward to enjoying another one of her books, but was disappointed to find that she would use swear words in a Christian fiction book. I would be embarrassed to give this book to anyone because of the language that was used in the book.
Sometimes our deepest family secrets are the ones we refuse to admit--even to ourselves. Sixteen-year-old Tally Bachmann forces more than one issue when a sudden death and an absentee father thrust her into a new environment. Her sudden encounter with what appears to be the perfect suburban life of the Janvier family (her San Diego aunt, uncle, and cousins) exposes her own wounds. But it also brings to the surface the hidden hurts of her new family members as they struggle to relate to one another and to a girl they barely know.Powerful storytelling draws us in. Believable characters keep us reading. Layers of intrigue--including an unusual link to the Holocaust--add depth. And an underlying theme of redemption provides needed impetus to look behind our own white picket fences and seek relational transparency. Bravo to this award-winning author and White Picket Fences for another thoughtful read.