Thursday, April 13, 2017
The One True Love of Alice-Ann by Eva Marie Everson
This is the second book that I have read by Eva Marie Everson. It was pretty good, but not as good as the first one I read, Five Brides. But that is just my opinion.
This is a very well-written story that took place during World War II. A very smitten 16-year-old Alice Ann sends off her "one true love", one of her brother's best friends, to war after telling him she loves him, etc. etc. He wasn't necessarily of the same persuasion. As stories like these go, her brother's other best friend, comes back wounded from the war and she spends time reading to him. Anyway, I'm not going to spoil the story, but she discovers who her true love is.
In my mind, there was a lot of conflict between which man she really loved, when I thought it should be pretty obvious, but maybe I need to remember that she was only 19-years-old and I can only imagine how indecisive I would be at that time, especially when she thought the first man was dead, but then shows up alive later.
Despite Alice-Ann's conflicting romantic notions, she does display impressive character. She lives on a farm where help is hard to come by because of the war. They have some German prisoners helping them, which they treat with respect and kindness. Alice-Ann works hard, at the bank during the day and then helping on the farm at night and on Saturday, plus she does take the time to read to the wounded man as well. Her work ethic and care and compassion comes through very strongly, which is what we need so badly in this day and age, in my opinion.
When she was battling her romantic life, her sister-in-law and aunt both gave her a Bible verse to use as her guide. It was the most surprising verse, to me at least. "The troubles of my heart are enlarged, O bring thou me out of my distresses." Psalm 25:17 When I first read that verse, I was like whatever, but then the explanation given with it made perfect sense. When we are facing troubles, it is easy to look to ourselves to figure a way out, but this verse is asking God to lead us out of our distress. I need to remember that. I want to find my own way, do my own thing, rely on my own prowess, but in reality, it is God and God alone who can successfully navigate the murky waters and bring me out into the best place He alone orchestrates. I want to remember that.
This book was given me by Tyndale Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review.
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