They Needed a Home. She Needed a Family. What They Found Was a Miracle. After the great market crash of 1929, families everywhere are falling on desperate times. Raised by a grandmother who instilled a love for simple pleasures and the good, wild things growing on God’s earth, Julia Wortham is determined to make a decent life for her children. Her husband, Samuel, carries the shame of losing his job, their home, and Julia’s savings. He also bears the impossible burden of providing for his family. Then circumstances force the family to seek shelter in an abandoned farmhouse– and to find mercy in a stranger’s heart. Emma Graham, the elderly owner, is indeed merciful. But there are others who will stop at nothing to drive the family from the farm. Meanwhile, Sam and Julia’s fears could compel them to abandon the one place they and their children long to call home. As the unusual bond between Emma and the Worthams deepens, each person sees with increasing clarity the truth that “there is a time for everything under the sun.” Filled with both joy and hardship, those times will create a harvest greater than any of them have ever known.
This is the first of two wonderful books from a new and rising author, Leisha Kelly. The characters are strong, real, and empathic and the story will have you turning page after page as you wonder how in the world this family will ever make ends meet as they travel the country side looking for a place to call home during the difficult depression years.
When they stumble upon the empty homestead and make it their home, you rejoice with them and wonder at how they make a meal out of weeds from the back yard. When they meet sweet old Emma, you fall in love with this wonderfully generous woman as well and learn the lessons she sets about teaching Julia as well. She evokes the sense of generosity and love for others that we all yearn to feel. I loved the fact of people helping others and sharing what they have. It smacked of old-time neighbourliness. I even liked some of the “evil” characters like the spinster lady from church who was certain that Julia and her husband, Samuel, we set to pilch the farm from dear old Emma. The fact that Julia and Samuel do the honorable thing and move Emma out to the farm to live with them where she has all her old memories of life with her husband and her son is heart warming.
This whole story is heart warming and a definite must read for all you who love a really great story! I can’t wait to read the sequel and lucky for me, I have it right here!