This was an excellent read. The author's ability to regularly shift the reader from the pre-civil war period to present day without losing the reader in the process was very well done. The characters, both historical and contemporary, were well-defined and I was equally vested in their outcomes. Looking forward to exploring the other books in this series.
This was a dash to the past while living a real life scenario. The author showed good comprehension of how emotions can run our life and why going back to scripture is so important. Making Jesus Christ the centre of our lives and turning control over to Him can heal us and in turn be able to bless others.
There were so many story lines going on at once in this book that it became a bit confusing at times. The main character, Emily Foster, decides to make over houses in hopes that she can make money quickly. She starts her first project and runs into some interesting dilemmas. Her contractor is one of them! Jake Braden has much on his mind when he takes on the job of helping Emily renovate an older house. He is in the process of gaining custody of his niece and nephew. The attraction between the two main characters is evident and watching them develop their relationship is a good part of this story.
There are numerous other story lines going on around the relationship of Emily and Jake. Can they work through their own issues and uncover all the history the house has to offer? The history that is woven into the story was done so with abrupt changes in the story line. Meaning you are reading a section of the story now and then the story changes to the history parts and leaves you in the middle of the main story. I found the jumping from one time period to the other a bit much. However, it was an interesting story idea and the author's writing style is easy to read. I can not say I would read this book again but it did keep my attention long enough to finish the story!
I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher for the copy of this book I enjoyed reading. I gave an honest review based on my opinion of what I read.
I loved this cover but unfortunately for me , this is one of those books that I fell for the cover but not the tale inside the pages. In Tomorrow's Sun we meet Emily , who has just brought an old house in a local community with dreams of renovating and restoring it but in order to renovate it the way she wants to, she will have to completely tear it to pieces. When Emily arrives , she hires a contractor but when he hears what he wants done , he backs away with the thoughts of "How on earth can someone do something like that to this historical landmark?" . For Emily, this is just one more step on a selection of house-flipping projects she has in mind as a few years back Emily was in an accident-hence the cane we see her with that caused another girl to lose her life dreams and now Emily filled with guilt is doing everything in her power to gain the forgiveness of the girl. Though, this is a major detail about the story it is minor compared to the tale ahead as during construction Emily finds a hidden box of letters and a secret room in the house. Within the letters are one's written by a girl named Hannah who lived in this very house over a hundred years ago , soon through the letters Hannah and Emily's lives are intertwined. Is this God's way of keeping Emily in the house ?
Find out more in the first book of the Lost Sanctuary Series "Tomorrow's Sun" by Becky Melby.
Emily comes to Rochester WI to flip a house she bought. She only plans to stay just long enough to get the job done and move on to her next house until she has enough money to pay a debit she really can never repay. She has no intention of making friends or getting close to anyone. She soon meets Jake who is a contractor and she hires him to do the work on the house. She soon finds herself getting to know Jake and and his family and finds it hard to not get close to them. A long the way she finds the house she has bought was once a part of the underground railroad back in the 1850's. Will this discovery help her let go of her past that will haunt her no matter how many houses she flips?
Jake is busy worrying about his niece and nephew and how to get custody of them over their good for nothing stepdad. When he meets Emily he wonders if she needs saved from something. He soon finds himself caring for her but will her past and his family problems be to much for them to work through?
I will say I enjoyed this book but it's a deep book with lots of things going on.
What I liked: I really liked the characters. The author did a good job telling their stories and explaining there feelings. I also felt this book had just the right amount of people telling the story. This book is brought to life by Emily, Jake, Lexi(Jakes niece) and Adam(Jakes nephew). I thought these different angles fit together very well to tell this story. The readers also get to go back in time to 1852 and learn about the underground railroad through the eyes of Hannah and Liam. There story was much shorter and was very much a side story that helped tell the main story but it was well put together and I wish we could have gotten to know them a little better. Plus the suspense at the climax of the book had me turning pages as fast as I could read!
What I did not like: There was a LOT going on in this book almost to much for me. Here are some of the things this book deals with. Trying to make right a wrong, death of a loved one, underground railroad, not being able to have children, child abuse etc. It's all handled well and beautifully written but it's a loaded book.
I am very glad I read this book. I really enjoyed it and loved learning about the underground railroad and how it worked. I could read a book on the subject alone! I also really liked how this book brings to light god's forgiveness and love. I am looking forward to the next book in this series due out later this year.