The young girl Olivia creates a tolerable world in the midst of unwanted circumstances when her father dies. She is placed in the startlingly, bleak home of Jonas, a former friend of her father’s. Her strong character, deep faith in God, and her relationship with Ishmael, a worker in Jonas’ home keep her from sinking into total despair. Jonas wants nothing to do with her and at times can be cruel. As a hermit, he is even unaware a civil war is occurring. The depth of emotions amidst these characters drew me into their struggles. These very mismatched individuals make this quite a moving story.
The second book in the Ancient Words Series does not disappoint. Life continues for the Chandlers and the Harpers as the Civil war drags on. The war brings constant dilemmas for these families. Frank becomes the focal character as he grows in his new faith and finds challenges to his moral viewpoints. Ralph, Claire’s love interest and Union soldier, takes on a bigger role, too. Surprises meet the reader throughout!
I enjoyed learning more about what it was like to live during this time of American history. The hardships took their toll on both sides. The author creates a vivid insight into the decisions and choices those of faith had to make.
I highly recommend In the Shadow of Thy Wings by A. M. Heath!
I was graciously given a copy of this book by the author and I have given my honest review.
This intriguing and moving book begins in 1861 in the South. Claire Harper and her twin brother, Frank are facing the reality of life on a small farm with their father and the conflict between the Union and the south over the slavery issue. Frank is fascinated with joining the troops to beat the Union in their tracks. His enthusiasm is not shared with Claire who adamantly opposes his decision. As he leaves Claire steps up to help her dad with the farm chores but with her delicate health the risk is high. Claire’s faith is tested by hard work, letters home from Frank, and the losses that come from a country at war within itself. Her hopes of finding love, her deep desire for Frank to make a choice about his eternal life, and her heart to stand beside her friends create a story that keeps you up reading late at night. The reality of this war comes through clearer than history books as A. M. Heath depicts the day to day lives of those involved. I thoroughly recommend reading Where Can I Flee and I believe you will be waiting like I am for the next book in the series.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.