I've never read another fiction book quite like this one. This is a story of how a terrible tragedy changes a family forever. The setting is a small town in Ohio and the year is 1970. I loved that the story is told from nine year old Abby's perspective. She desperately wants to hold her family together but it seems it's falling apart little by little. When some days become more than she can handle, she runs next door and seeks her best friend Rita. Her father, who's a pastor, hides in the basement repairing old clocks. Is he trying to make time stand still, or go backwards? Her fifteen year old brother goes down a dangerous road seemingly trying to destroy himself. Her mother is just trying to make it one day at a time while her family pulls apart. I had a box of Kleenex next to me while reading. This is a very powerful and moving story. One that I'm certainly glad I had the privilege to read and digest in my heart. Seeing the process of how each person makes it through this tragic year was individual to the way that person saw God. Is He Dead? Does He love us? Why did He allow this to happen? A soul searching process that even had me growing in my faith and feeling deep down joy in my heart. Even amongst sorrow there can still be joy.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.