Words by Ginny Yttrup
Book of Days by James Rubart
I’ve never read a book by Ann Gabhart before, so I was excited at the opportunity to read this new release of hers. After finishing Angel Sister I know I will read more from this talented author. This book was quiet a journey! Ann skillfully weaved in a story that was so alive and personal I looked up from the pages expecting to see Kate, Nadine, or Victor sitting across from me. Each character had such depth!
Kate Marritt is only fourteen years old, but she feels like she is her family’s anchor. Her mother is stressed out, her father is fighting the bottle, her older sister daydreams of handsome men all day, and her younger sister is still too young to be of much help. Kate was such a sweet character! Loving her father despite his addiction. Helping her family any way she could. Always trying to ease her mother’s burdens. She certain can be a role model to us girls!
While this book does have Kate’s story in it, there are two other main characters in this book – Nadine and Victor. I really loved the flashbacks to Nadine and Victor’s earlier years. I felt like I was reading two books rolled into one. The flashbacks were handled well so that I enjoyed traveling with the character down memory lane. Once or twice I almost didn’t realize when they started down that lane – but maybe that was just my bad. The book probably could have been shorter if the flashbacks didn’t go so in-depth, but that’s what I liked about the story. It just seemed to overflow with feelings and emotions. The characters were so personal.
There wasn’t anything inappropriate about this, except for a few remarks that are made after Nadine and Victor are married. It’s only hinted at and I didn’t find it in the least bit inappropriate. There were a few kisses and embraces, but I enjoy reading a book where the married couples express their love for each other in these little ways. Very sweet.
Even before I finished the book and read the author’s notes, I knew this was a story from the heart. It was such a personal journey – so in depth and touching – that I felt like I knew the author a little bit after finishing this book. The events in Angel Sister were sad and oftentimes heartbreaking – especially as I read about Nadine and Victor’s parents. How sad not to have parents who stand behind you and encourage you! But Ann writes so well that throughout all the dreary moments in the characters lives, there was an undercurrent of hope. And I saw that hope come to life at the end through the events surrounding a little girl named Lorena Birdsong. I highly recommend this book!
* Available February 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. *
I reviewed this book for Revell. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.