Wednesday, May 11, 2011
I received this book from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review, and I was very excited because the author is originally from where I live, and there were some local landmarks listed in the book. This story deals with a touchy subject, and a very real subject. Grace, who now lives in California, must come home to TN to take care of her father for a couple of weeks. Grace's son contracts measles some time before the trip, quite unknowingly. He passes the disease on to some babies. Everything comes unglued from there. The people in Cushman's fictional town put all the blame on Grace and her son, even calling anonymously to harass her. Honestly, I was a bit taken back at how brash the people in this story treated her. There are a number of Amish people who live here, and they do not get vaccines. If the measles did break out, we would deal with it, not condemn a person for standing up for what she thought was right. The portrayal of TN residents left me feeling as if everyone here had been judged. On the other hand, the story was very well written. I liked the story being told from the first person point-of-view. I liked seeing the names of familiar landmarks within the pages of the book. The author has a unique voice that I liked. I hope that I can read something else by her that I like better. I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it.
Posted by J M F at 9:29 PM