Virginia is completely overwhelmed with the circumstances in her life. Losses loom on the horizon: elderly grandparents who can no longer stay on the family farm; her nephew Slate, who longs to leave for a home of his own; her brother Danny and his wife, who leave for Kenya; and Mindy, whom Virginia has raised as her own daughter but who may be torn away from the ones she loves by a cold-hearted birth mother. “That’s how life is,” Virginia tells Mindy. “Things just keep being… different.” Virginia has always dreaded and fought change. Now, can she embrace it? In this fourth volume of the Prairie Legacy series, best-selling author Janette Oke gently opens a window into the life of a close-knit family trying to find its way through bewildering times. In her own quiet-paced, inimitable style, she examines the role that change plays in our lives and how we are shaped–or broken–by it. Longtime fans of this inspirational author will find no big shocks or surprises here. Just vintage Oke.
Virginia has been challenged and tested through the years, but with the struggles have been countless blessings. Their Mindy, her high school friend’s daughter who has become their own, must make choices a young child should never have to make. Will Virginia and Jonathan have enough strength to support Mindy in her difficult choice and to follow what appears to be God’s will in splitting up their family? Is God answering prayer or forcing a family’s worst nightmare? Only time will tell if Virginia will become like gold refined by her master’s hands.
I had looked forward to reading this series for quite some time and was not disappointed!! This series follows in the genuine Oke tradition and will surely delight new and old readers of Janette Oke fiction. A surefire winner!