Mara Weatherall, a nine year old girl far too mature for her age, knows that she isn't wanted by anyone. Not her adopted mother, not anyone... that is except for General. General is a young man that steals her innocence in an instant and forever changes Mara's life. We watch as Mara tries to repair herself through the help of Denim, the mystery radio man, her best friend Camilla, and the cold Mr. Winningham, each character playing an important role in Mara's healing process, as well as helping her to solve the mystery of who her real parents are. As all of this is going on Mara is also finding her way to God and learning to trust in Him to help her through the rest of her years.
The characters in this novel were wonderfully described and each one had a depth that made me believe I truly knew them as people. Mara was not unlike the main character in The Secret Life of Bees or The Book Thief, tragic in her own way, yet hopeful and just lovely. I know there has been a sequel written and I can't wait to read it. This is an author I have never read before, but I plan to get my hands on everything she's written. I give this book a 5 out of 5. Fantastic!
Now for the updates. Can you believe I'm getting married two weeks from today? I certainly can't!! I am so excited for the big day and of course for my time in New York prior to the wedding. I'm leaving next early next Friday morning and spending the whole week just finishing up final wedding things and spending time with my family and friends. I have a whole bag of books ready to take with me....though someone needs to tell my boss that it is perfectly fine to bring books on a honeymoon!
I also stopped at GoodWill yesterday and found 13 books to add to the "kid shelves" on my bookshelf. I don't have kids yet, but I will someday and I'm gonna be ready! I picked up some great Newbery Winners, as well as some good old girly fiction. I loved books like the Babysitter's Club and Sweet Valley High when I was younger and though they are definitely "fluff" they got me reading and I can only hope my daughter will someday enjoy them as well. If not, all the more reading for me! I picked up:
Mr. Popper's Penguins
Number the Stars
Little House in the Big Woods
Ramona the Pest
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5 for a buck, you can't beat it!
Have great weekend!