"Not by Sight" written by Kathy Herman is my first read by this author.
The story centers around the "Cummings" family and the disappearance of Micah and Riley Jo five years ago. The family members left behind are each dealing with their pain and loss in different ways. Kate, Micah's wife and mother to Riley Jo, has let her anger and pain turn her away from Church and God. Hawk, son to Micah and older brother to Riley Jo, has also turned away from Church and God. Abby, Jesse and Grandpa Buck have kept their faith in God and continue praying that their family will be reunited.
The mystery of the unsolved disappearance has Abby "seeing" Riley Jo in a little girl she sees outside the local store. Abby stays strong in her believe that this is her missing sister even with strong opposition from family members. Abby and her best friend Jay decide to take matters into their own hands and look for this little girl in the backwoods of their town.
This author will be added to my favorite authors link at my Book Review Blog. I look forward to reading the next 2 books in this trilogy.
I received a copy of this book from David C Cook Publishers and The Book Club Network, Inc in exchange for my honest review.
It's been five years since Micah and little Riley Jo went fishing and never came back. The novel centers on how the family members deal with the tragedy. Teen-aged Abby never loses faith in God. Her older brother Hawk is bitter. Her mother Kate has given up her faith in God.
The title of this novel comes from 2 Corinthians 5:7, "We live by faith, not by sight." That theme was certainly evident in this novel.
Herman has done a good job in exploring how people deal with their faith in God when life is not they way they had anticipated. Abbey's faith and her mom's lack of it form the tension in the story line. This is seen in the following exchange.
Abby: "You have to have faith."
Kate: "I had faith, Abby. It didn't change anything."
Abby: "You gave up. That's not faith." (103)
I live in the Pacific Northwest and it was very interesting to read about the strange mountain people in the Ozarks.
The ending is emotional so be sure to have your tissues handy.
The only detraction in this fine novel was that it was too long. Novels in this genre are usually around 300 pages. The novel could have been that length. I felt the extra suspense in the last hundred pages was unnecessary. Nonetheless, this is a good novel. I do like the way Herman writes and will be looking forward to the next in the series.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
Christian Fiction at its best. I loved this book. Five years ago Abby Cummings father and younger sister Riley Jo disappeared with out a trace. Abby thinks she sees her sister outside a store in Foggy Ridge, but she has thought this before. Her family has had their hearts broken numerous times and wants no part of Abby's wild goose chase. Jay her best friend decides to help her find the little girl she saw until Abby starts getting threaten calls. Will the caller make good on his threat? Together they try to find Riley Jo but find trouble. Their faith may be the only thing keeping them alive. How is Jay connected to their disappearance? Their search will take you on a roller coaster ride and keep you at the edge of your seat. Read the book to find out the truth about Abby's father and sister. Kathy Herman did an awesome job combining the trill of suspense and faith. She was able to show family dynamics and the struggles experienced by believers and non believers living in one household in a believable way. I am grateful I received this book from The Bookclub Network for my honest option.
Herman is an excellent author painting vivid word pictures which allow her readers to feel as if they are there, part of the story... This is one series that will keep you on the edge-of-your-seat, peeking around corners, looking for the next exciting scene.
The author did a fabulous job with characterization. If you enjoy romantic suspense novels with some inspirational elements, then I think you will really like this book. I could not put this book down!
This is such a great story, as are all of Kathy Herman's books. I loved it from the beginning to the end and can hardly wait for the next book in the series to come out. Abby is certain she saw her little sister who has been missing for five years. No one believes her, but she does everything she can to try to find out if it really is Riley Jo. It is a story of faith and trust and also restoration of faith and trust. I highly recommend it!
I received a copy of the book from bookfun.org for my honest opinion.