Love Comes Home by Ann H. Gabhart – A Book Review
For this reader Rosey Corner was a special place to spend a weekend. In rural Kentucky, this idyllic community is home to the lovely Merritt sisters, each very different from the other, but all grounded in their faith. Each impacted by World War II in ways that did not always show, and in ways that that were at times glaringly evident. The Merritt family includes an adopted child, an adopted favorite uncle/grandfather figure, and a very wise, respected adopted aunt; and the family is still expanding! Sometimes they even adopted people into the family by making them in-laws.
The residents of Rosey Corner share their joys and their heartaches. They lend physical, moral and spiritual support when it’s needed. They also give one another nudges in the right direction when that is what is needed. Tough times were not new to Rosey Corner, but as Kate’s husband, Jay, learned from his sergeant, nothing in the Bible says life here is meant to be easy. It’s the next life where easy is the assignment. Kate learned from experience that, “The Lord didn’t promise easy coasting. He promised to stay with those who loved him, whatever the ride. Or walk.” Aunt Hattie would tell them that, “everybody had dark valleys to walk through. That wasn’t the Lord’s doing. It was just the way of the world,” and that, “prayer gets you through when you’s thinkin’ there is no way through.” There are lots of valuable life lessons to be learned by spending time in Rosey Corner.
As always Ann Gabhart draws you into her story with unique and interesting characters, characters that are believable and with whom the reader can easily identify. As is often the case her story takes place in a simpler time and place. However, simpler does not equate with easier.
Gabhart’s expert wordsmithing evokes deep emotions and empathy in her readers. It is easy to be in the place, in the moment, and in her character’s shoes. Reading her books is a pleasure, and feels like a privilege. I thank Revell Publishers and Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for providing Love Comes Home for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own.