Today I am reviewing The First Gift, by the incomparable Ruth Logan Herne.
Here is a brief synopsis:
Bringing to mind classics like Catherine Marshall’s Christy, society’s standards are put to the test and a Northern Appalachian town comes together to save a neglected child in Ruth Logan Herne’s new romance, The First Gift.
This poignant novel tells the story of five-year-old Cassie Carruthers, who lives in a bug-infested shack in the hills of Western New York’s Southern Tier.
Her mother has died and Cassie spends her days fending for herself while her alcoholic father drinks himself into a stupor. But Cassie’s isolation has not gone unnoticed in the tightknit community of Phillipsburg.
When a concerned neighbor alerts the county, the community sets a plan in motion to rescue the neglected little girl.
Through fundraising efforts, Cassie is tucked into the kindergarten classroom of independent, beautiful Kerry McHenry. Kerry has her work cut out for her in dealing with Cassie’s depressed father, but despite the child’s loveless start in life, she soon reveals herself to be an intelligent, eager student. Moreover, she possesses a resourcefulness that has saved her life more than once—and will be called upon again.
Kerry McHenry is nobody’s fool. She sees her own tough upbringing in Cassie’s dire situation, so she works tirelessly to guide the young girl, trying to help her become everything that God wants her to be. At the same time, she finds herself torn between a commitment-phobic pediatric oncologist from a nearby town and Phillipsburg’s widowed deputy sheriff, a complicated man who is still angry with God.
As the stakes grow ever higher and the characters’ lives intersect in unexpected ways, each will face a true test of faith—and come face to face with indisputable evidence of God’s love.
Grab a box of tissues . . .
You’ll need them, when you read The First Gift.
Little Cassie will capture your heart from the beginning — and won’t let go until the very end. For such a wee girl, she is extraordinarily resourceful. Truthfully, if she wasn’t, she wouldn’t have survived the past five years.
But an alcoholic father isn’t enough for the state agencies to be able to act on her behalf. Can those who love Cassie help her? Will she ever escape her dirty, bug-infested surroundings? Check out the book. Read it for yourself and find out.
Don’t miss out on this new book from Ruth Logan Herne.
God bless you!
Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt