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|Format: DRM Protected ePub|
Publication Date: 2007
Series: Wortham Family
This heartfelt novella lets readers share Christmas with the Worthams and the Hammonds and discover the strength of faith, love, and family.
Told in first person narrative by Julia Wortham, the book relies heavily on dialogue to tell the story. Julia is an admirable, if not always realistic, protagonist, selfless and generous in the midst of poverty. The childrens characters are varied and have a reasonable degree of depth, though they are difficult to keep straight based on their sheer number. Additional confusion arises because Julia has her own two children to add to the mix, as well as a girl named Katie who lives in the Wortham home. Kelly weaves in snippets of information about some of these lesser characters as the story progresses, but often it is too little too late.
Descriptions of the time and setting are sparse, lacking in the rich detail that otherwise could bring the setting to life in the readers mind. While the back cover of the book does state that the year is 1932, the story itself gives no reference to the Depression. The reader only knows that this simple farming community has fallen on hard times. This is regrettable, as a true understanding of the setting would only amplify the values the Worthams possess: sacrificial love, hope, and joy in the face of difficulty, whether it is poverty, illness, or even death.
Fans of Leisha Kelly and The Wortham Family Series will be pleased to continue this saga of familiar characters. Till Morning is Nigh can stand alone, but it is probably best read in conjunction with the rest of the series. As a newcomer, I found it slightly confusing, somewhat repetitive, and frequently downbeat. I appreciate that Kelly avoided an overly-sappy, clichéd happy-ending, but I was also left wondering about the many loose ends and wishing for more resolution. Unfortunately, I am unlikely to pick up the next novella in order to find out the answers. -- Stacie Roth Miller, Christian Book Previews.com