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Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2010
A strange and wonderous friendship ignites the fire of love in May Seymour's life.
Lovely and winsome May Seymour graduated from college with the world at her feet...and no idea what to do with it. A spontaneous mission trip to Africa brought great surprise--love--and a strong sense of purpose. But in loving others there, she encountered a severe tragedy that left her deeply wounded.
She comes to heal at the farm of Claudius Borne--a sweet, kind old man who understands plants and animals far better than people. And his farm becomes May's home.
There on the farm, May renews a friendship with an old college flame named Eli whose path has taken unexpected turns too. As May tries to convince Eli to grab hold of life once again, he begins to pull May from her sheltered existence. Like old Claudius's farm in Spring, May begins to blossom back into life. But no resurrection ever comes without sacrifice--and this sacrifice will forever transform May.
In the books beginning, the author does not go into much detail about back story or character motivation. Samson does, however, produce a very heartwarming story of the relationship this young college girl and Claudius the old farmer have created. Mays first major problem arises when she is caught in the middle of the genocide in Rwanda, and watches as everyone in her town gets slaughtered. This is the most memorable scene in the book, and author Samson is vivid in her description of the violence and mayhem, revealing graphically how devastating this inhumane situation is. Later in the book when Claudius dies, May is faced with another heart breaking situation. It is not the last time we see her go through pain, but it is the key turning point of the book. Mays personality is very vibrant and domineering in the beginning of the book; however, we see a major change in her behavior once she arrives back on the farm from Rwanda. As the story concludes, she has learned what it means to be a God-fearing woman.
Overall, this book tells a very personal and deeply-moving story. I liked the unique relationships the characters developed with each other. Most importantly, in the end readers are left with a sense of peace. I think this book would captivate women fifteen years old and older. The only reason I would not recommend it for girls younger would be because of all the traumatic death scenes throughout the story.
Psalm 34: 18 says, The Lord is close to the broken-hearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. By the end of the book May has defiantly been crushed in spirit, but it is evident that the Lord has been by her side helping her get through all her pain and suffering. It is a great theme that really helps readers understand the greatness of Gods love for those who are hurting. Makenna Dunkelberger, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
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