It seems fitting that for the first long weekend of the summer – I would finish reading a light, but engaging historical fiction book. Judith Miller has created an opportunity for the reader to enter into a mining town in West Virginia in 1913.
As I was reading, I did some research into the Chapel Car program and finding the actual car that Judith has based the book on added to the authenticity of the story line. As Hope Irvine and her dad set up services in Finch, WV – with the hopes of establishing a significant congregation that will result in a permanent church plant – they encounter a community on edge.
The miners are feeling undervalued by the mine’s owner, who sends his son into town to thwart the talk of a union forming. When he arrives, he simply wants to find ways to make easy money, and has no real interest in the people who work for the family business.
Hope and one of the miners, Luke Hughes, strike up a plan to begin to help bring the conditions of the homes up to a livable, safe standard. He and his sister become an important part of Hope and her father’s lives, and Luke begins to follow a call on his life.
Historical fiction – especially romance – is certainly not my genre of choice, but I enjoyed this book. It was a great escape, and was refreshingly good a being intentional regarding faith issues. I would recommend this book as for teen girls, ladies who want to read something that can be read as they catch a few minutes of quite time, and to those who enjoy Christian Historical Fiction.
Thank you to Graf-Martin Communications and Bethany House in providing the book that allowed me to complete this independent review.