Review: When the Meadow Blooms

Title: When the Meadow Blooms
Author: Ann H. Gabhart
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3722-1

“When we love, when we care, we can be hurt, but trust me, Calla, giving and receiving love is worth more than whatever hurt may come,” the fifteen-year-old girl is told in Ann H. Gabhart’s novel, When the Meadow Blooms.

~ What ~
This three-hundred-and-eighty-four-page paperback targets those interested in a tale of overcoming the past and finding love in the future. With no profanity, topics of abuse, illness, and death may not be appropriate for immature readers. The ending includes two chapters of another book by the author, acknowledgments, the author’s biography, and advertisements.

In this story based in rural Kentucky in the 1920s, Dirk has had trouble dealing with the scars of his past for over twenty years. When Rose, his widowed sister-in-law, and her two daughters come to live with him at Meadowland, he has to decide if he should let down his protective barrier and find love among the ashes of a past relationship.

~ Why ~
This is a sad but engaging read about a man who cannot get over being hurt, a sickly widow who will do anything to protect her children, an inquisitive teen who asks too many questions, and a carefree child who befriends two crows. I love the relationships the broken family had with one another and how they called out to God for help and mercy.

~ Why Not ~
Those who do not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ may not like the added Bible verses, hymns, and prayers. Others may not want to read about the hardships of being physically and emotionally scarred or having to live in a sanatorium or orphanage.

~ Wish
With many Bible verses added, it would have been nice to have the eternal plan of salvation clearly stated. I wish all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

~ Want ~
If you like reading a story of true healing by trusting in the Lord and others while dealing with difficult situations, this is a redeeming and heartfelt story.

Thanks to Revell for this complimentary book that I am under no obligation to review.

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