“Rebekah Hendricks dreams of a life far beyond her family’s farm in Oklahoma, and when dashing aviator Arthur Samson promised adventure in the big city, she is quick to believe he’s the man she’s meant to marry. While she waits for the Great War to end and Arthur to return to her so they can pursue all their plans, her mother’s sister falls ill. Rebekah seizes the opportunity to travel to Texas to care for Aunt Adabelle, seeing this chance to be closer to Arthur’s training camp as God’s approval of her plans.
But the Spanish flue epidemic changes everything. Faced with her aunt’s death, Arthur’s indecisiveness, and four children who have no one else to care for them, Rebekah is torn between the desire to escape the type of life she’s always led and the unexpected love that just might change the dream of her heart.” (from Goodreads)
This book was like a scrumptiously perfect mini cheesecake–the right size, sweet but substantial, and utterly happy-creating. 😀 A very sweet friend sent it to me for Christmas, and I read it in a day. 😉
I’m not sure I’ve cared so much about fictional characters in a while. They really shone in this book! Rebekah was an interesting heroine, and while I couldn’t relate to her dreams, I did relate to her struggle in turning them over to God. This book did a good job of portraying just how frightening surrender to God can be but also just how right it is. 😉
It was also very nice to read about a main character who loves children as much as I do. Oh, my babies! ❤ Those children were the best. ❤ Each was unique, sometimes naughty, and utterly lovable. 😉 I chuckled everytime Ol’ Bob was mentioned, and the many adventures of Dan were too delightful. (I have a nephew who looks like him, so he was my favorite.) *grabs chubby little man and gives him a squeeze* I thought Ollie was nicely portrayed as a real little girl capable of being respectful one minute or rebellious the next. James broke my heart with his nightmares (and the well incident) since he’s usually such a sunny boy. And Janie was a sweet one! 😉 It was sweet to see how much they loved their Daddy and how much he loved them. I know I cried at one point during the book; I think it might have been when he came home. (And Will makes me want to cry just thinking about him.)
I haven’t read much World War I fiction, so that was a bonus. I enjoyed learning more about the time period. 😉
And the romance, guys, that romance! I have no complaints. There wasn’t too much mushiness or petty, miscommunication like I’d usually expect from this storyline. Sure they had their arguments (yay for realism!), but I loved the gradual way their love for each other came about and grew through ordinary life moments. Could hanging up laundry be any cuter?
Recommended for discerning readers because of the romantic element, a disturbing death, and an unhealthy mother/daughter relationship.
Best quotes: “I know it because the sun comes up every morning, no matter what. And the rain falls on the crops. And babies are born. I know it because even when death comes, we go on living.”
“Go on,” I whispered. The tortured look in his eyes wrenched my heart. “Please go,” I said again.
Altogether, this book was just loveliness. I will definitely be reading it again!