am 17. März 2000
Judith Pella is quite a writer! This isn't the first time she's used characters that a reader would consider "lowest of the low" (in this one it's a slave forced into prostitution, and an oh-so-egotistical preacher I just wanted to slap), managing to change them almost entirely by the story's end. These "total turnarounds" her characters experience could come off as very contrived if done by a writer with less skill, but I've never found myself frustrated with Pella for trying to manipulate me--she does it so well that I'm into the story and forget it's "just some words on paper." Her latest is characteristically vivid, and I really enjoyed it--although I must put a "caution" and say that while Pella never stoops to the dirtiness of secular romance, she does go beyond the Janette Oke level. The worlds in her books are *not* all "peaches 'n' cream." Still, quite a good saga that had only a few drawn-out moments (I got a bit tired of the wavering emotions of both Benjamin and Elise in regard to each other). I will definitely read the sequel!
am 21. Oktober 1999
Judith Pella has crafted a master piece with this spectacular novel! Elise, thrown from a life of comfort and wealth to the lowly position of a slave when a condeming secret is revealed this young woman is forced to sell her self to save the life of her child. Benjamin Sinclair, a self-righteous and condeming preacher who feels called to ministry in Texas immediately deems her lower than the low. Watch as God works and preforms miracles in each of these peoples' hearts to bring them to a point of submission before Him so that His perfect plan can be manifested in their lives.
am 10. Januar 2000
This is the first time I ever read a Christian fiction book that made me want to give the preacher a swift kick in the pants! Although Benjamin considered himself called of God, he kept putting his religion and himself so high on a pedestal he alienated all the rest, even his wife and children. What a sad scenerio! I was spellbound as the story unfolded, showing God's marvelous grace to a a former prostitute slave, and the sad story of a preacher's wife. I am so happy I just found out there is to be a sequel!