on 4 January 2010
Review by Gretchen Hoffman
Julia DeSmit hasn't had the easiest life. Her mother deserted her when she was nine and her father died when she was fifteen. The only people left are Thomas, her best friend and first love, and her loving grandmother. But when Thomas falls for someone else, leaving Julia with a broken heart, she decides to get away and discover the real world by going to college.
College seems like a great escape and a new beginning, but it's not all it was cracked up to be. Classes are harder than she expected and she's tested by people, situations, and expectations. When a bad decision unexpectedly changes her life, Julia ends up back at her grandmother's farm, utterly defeated. With her grandmother's kind, gentle nature, Julia learns of hope and what starting over is really like.
This book is challenging and makes you think; it wasn't a fairy tale, happily-ever-after kind of story. Ms. Baart makes Julia such a real character. Julia was evidence that sometimes we make mistakes, get hurt, and everything doesn't always work out, but good things can still come from the bad. I enjoyed this thoroughly. Definitely check it out!
on 5 June 2012
I didn't mind the Biblical aspect of this book at all, but I was disappointed by the book, as a whole. I found it took too long to get on with the story, and a number of parts didn't seem relevant, and information that would have been helpful or relevant was skipped altogether. Perhaps I just didn't enjoy the authors style of writing, as a whole. The story concept, however, was very good - some surprises, some reality, not just a "feel good" book.