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Interspersed among the chapters of growing happiness, we find chapters showing the desperation and depravity of the "bad guy" in the book. The sadness, hardness, anger, and even rage he embodies was hard for me to read about. Thankfully, it was short. Sometimes, even now, Christians live a life so filled with church friends and "good guys", we forget that there are truly people around us who have given themselves over to evil to one degree or another.
I liked this book because it pointed the reader to Jesus. Seeking God was a central theme. I really liked that, because it's interwoven in the story in a very natural way. The book had two authors, but it was written seamlessly. I couldn't tell when one or the other was writing.
It was clean. No bad language. No inappropriate behavior, if you know what I mean. I recommend it.
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Beyond the Silence
by Tracie Peterson and Kimberly Woodhouse
The shadows over this olive grove hide more than just the truth. . . .
Lillian Porter has always wanted to fulfill her mother's dream of going west, so when she hears about a nanny position in Angels Camp, California, she defies her grandfather and takes a chance on a new future. But she quickly wonders if she made the right choice. Murky rumors swirl around Woodward Colton, her new employer, but the gossip doesn't match the man Lillian comes to know.
Still, something dark did happen in the family's past. Lillian's seven-year-old charge hasn't spoken in over a year. Gently, Lillian tries to coax him out of his shell, hoping he'll one day feel safe enough to share what scared him. But the Colton olive farm is no longer a safe place. Lillian encounters suspicious characters on their land and mysterious damage done to the farm. When the housekeeper is brutally attacked, the town once again suspects the worst. Will discovering the truth help Lillian clear the name of the man she has come to love---or will it endanger her even more?
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