By Sarah Holman
Age group; 12 - Young Adult
Rating; (1-10) 10
When you buy a self-published/small press book, you never know what to expect. To be honest, I really didn’t have very high expectations for this book, but my mind was quickly changed.
The first thing that struck me about the books was how well the words flowed. This was not like many self-published/small press books that are poorly written. Elisabeth Allan has a real gift for writing, and her talent is evident.
Plot; When Charity Wentworth leaves university, she's going to go to India and spend a year living and working there as a missionary. Right? She thinks so, but God has other plans. He wants her to do - and be - something else. His plans for Charity are beyond her wildest dreams, but can she embrace them when they're so different from her own plans - has she got the courage to change?
My thoughts; This has to be one of the best books I have read in a long time. The spiritual lessons are deep and very real. Although I was very convicted by this book to become more like Christ and other things (which I won’t go into, because it would give part of the book away), I never felt like I was being preached at.
I identified with Charity and some of her struggles. I liked it that, though she was a likable person and godly, she was human and made mistakes.
I also loved the sketches in the book. I really felt like I was reading Charity’s Dairy. I also loved the fact that it was a British book and felt very English, different from the American books I am used to reading.
Things you might want to know before reading; Some of my readers might like to know that there is some romance in this book, although I thought that it was one of the struggles that made this book good. Charity’s cousin dates and talks about it some, but I didn’t have an issue with it. Even some of my readers who don’t like romance books will most likely love this book.