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Bringing to mind classics like Catherine Marshall’s Christy, society’s standards are put to the test and a Northern Appalachian town comes together to save a neglected child in Ruth Logan Herne’s new romance, The First Gift.
This poignant novel tells the story of five-year-old Cassie Carruthers, who lives in a bug-infested shack in the hills of Western New York’s Southern Tier. Her mother has died and Cassie spends her days fending for herself while her alcoholic father drinks himself into a stupor. But Cassie’s isolation has not gone unnoticed in the tightknit community of Phillipsburg. When a concerned neighbor alerts the county, the community sets a plan in motion to rescue the neglected little girl. Through fundraising efforts, Cassie is tucked into the kindergarten classroom of independent, beautiful Kerry McHenry. Kerry has her work cut out for her in dealing with Cassie’s depressed father, but despite the child’s loveless start in life, she soon reveals herself to be an intelligent, eager student. Moreover, she possesses a resourcefulness that has saved her life more than once—and will be called upon again. Kerry McHenry is nobody’s fool. She sees her own tough upbringing in Cassie’s dire situation, so she works tirelessly to guide the young girl, trying to help her become everything that God wants her to be. At the same time, she finds herself torn between a commitment-phobic pediatric oncologist from a nearby town and Phillipsburg’s widowed deputy sheriff, a complicated man who is still angry with God.
As the stakes grow ever higher and the characters’ lives intersect in unexpected ways, each will face a true test of faith—and come face to face with indisputable evidence of God’s love.
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This book will make you question how bad things are for you, especially when you watch a five-year-old trying to keep warm, finding something to eat with rats, trying not to cry when hurt. Yes, the author brings this to our attention and we want to go and help, and she offers up a caring teacher, and then the men who love her that do what they can.
As we read this our caring and compassionate teacher Kerry McHenry is given a gift, and that is a sweet five-year-old Cassie, and soon we are hooked and want more for this young one.
Come along and see how this story unfolds, bring the tissues it is a heart tugger, and find yourself rooting for Ryan, and then for Jake, they both are awesome men for a wonderful woman, but who will win?
A read you won’t be able to put down once you begin, it is that good!
I received this book through Just Commonly Take Over Tour, and was not required to give a positive review