A blog reader suggested a book so I thought I’d give it a try. Happily, the book was at the free online library, Hoopla Digital. The book was How the Light Gets In by Jolin Petershem.
So what did I think of the book…pretty good. I’m glad I read it. The book actually is set in Wisconsin about 2 hours from my house… which makes books more fun for me. The book had a few “hang-ups” that caught me and I just had to tell myself to overlook. For example, there is a character in the book that aspired to be a pianist. As a teen in an accident, he loses a finger. Yet, somehow he goes to college to be a pianist. I’m sorry but I have trouble believing that a person could still be a pianist if they lost their finger.
Another thing…the story takes place in a Mennonite community. There is a Mennonite man and he is going to marry an English woman. Nothing at all is said about their differing religions. I have trouble believing that no one would say anything about them marrying when she has no intention of becoming Mennonite.
There are a few other things…but those are the two that struck me as “wrong”.
So when that happens, I sometimes get sidetracked and miss the real story of the book. Please tell me I’m not the only one that does that?!
All in the story ends with a nice message on the importance of trying in a marriage. I liked that part. All in all I did like the story overall…just minus the hang-ups.
Here is what Amazon had to say: “When Ruth Neufeld’s husband and father-in-law are killed working for a relief organization overseas, she travels to Wisconsin with her young daughters and mother-in-law, Mabel, to bury her husband. She hopes the Mennonite community will be a quiet place to grieve and piece together the next steps.
Ruth and her family are welcomed by Elam, her husband’s cousin, who invites them to stay at his cranberry farm through the harvest. Sifting through fields of berries and memories of a marriage that was broken long before her husband died, Ruth finds solace in the beauty of the land and healing through hard work and a budding friendship. She also encounters the possibility of new love with Elam, whose gentle encouragement awakens hopes and dreams she thought she’d lost forever.
But an unexpected twist threatens to unseat the happy ending Ruth is about to write for herself. On the precipice of a fresh start and a new marriage, Ruth must make an impossible decision: which path to choose if her husband isn’t dead after all.”
Amazon readers gave the book 4.6 stars. I would give the book 4.2 stars. I liked it but as I said earlier in this post, a couple of things were unbelievable.
If you are interested you can find the book HERE. At the time I wrote this post, this book was available for free to Kindle Unlimited Users.