Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Dana's Valley by Janette Oke and Laurel Oke Logan

The Walsh family has always relied on their faith. Life has been relatively easy and they are enjoying moving to a new home. It's not what they all want at first but realize that they need more space for everyone. Yet slowly, Dana gets sick. It takes her longer to get better and the whole family has to learn to deal with what is going on. But can their faith really hold them together?

Both authors are wonderful writers. This book has you laughing, crying, and praying along with the rest of the family. The story is told through Erin's eyes and what she sees happening to the family. There is a lot of stuff that a young girl shouldn't have to face but it often happens. I cannot imagine how these authors wrote this book but I'm sure they had a way figured out. It was seamless and nothing didn't seem like it wasn't supposed to be there.

Erin gave her thoughts and I appreciated it. It was a little one sided at times but this book would have been much longer if we had seen more insights. Dana voiced hers as well as her parents. Though you only had one main point of view, their actions showed how they were feeling and did an amazing job. There was a lot of people to consider in this story and it never truly like there was a lot to process. You got a good handle on the family life before the conflict hits.

This was a good book though at times hard to read. I kept reading cause I wanted to know if Dana would get better and if Erin would ever accept the wonderful things happening around her in spite of the tragedy.

Janette Oke, Laurel Oke Logan, Christian Fiction, Family, 300 pages, 4 out of 5

This was a good one and I finished it yesterday but was pretty wiped out. Now off to The Secret Between Us by Barbara Delinsky.

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