by Leisha Kelly
Category: Fiction / General
0 pages; ISBN: 0800759109
Rating: 10/10 (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner
Revell, 2004, $12.99, 331 pp.
In 1932 in Dearing, Illinois Samuel and Julia Wortham raise two children on a farm bequeathed to them by their dear friend Emma Graham. The pious Worthams also try to help their widower neighbor George Hammond with his large brood of children.
Following a Fourth of July celebration, Sam’s brother Edward awaits them with a little girl inside his car. Edward insists little Katie is Samuel’s daughter; Samuel knows that this cannot be true as he insists he has been faithful to his wife. The child looks like him and Edward had been in prison during the conception of the little girl. Katie desperately seeks affiliation with a family having been rejected by her mother. Her prayers lie in finding her real father and have him take her in. Julia has doubts about whether Samuel sired Katie encouraged by Edward the serpent. Will he destroy the love between this couple or will the belief in God shared by Julia and Samuel offer solace as they struggle to make a home for the child while other tests of their faith occur?
KATIE’S DREAM is a terrific Christian Depression Era family drama starring a deep cast that brings the disheartened period to life when the government sat idly waiting for the recovery around the corner while a belief in God provided solace for many. The fully developed cast shows the impact of the Great Depression on rural America. Especially intriguing is the difference between Samuel and Edward who share the same dismal childhood with the former turning to God and the latter to crime. Leisha Kelly furbishes a powerful historical that will send readers seeking her previous tales (see JULIA’S HOPE AND EMMA’S GIFT).
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