About the Book
Book: A Promise Child
Author: Kathryn Spurgeon
Genre: Inspirational historic fiction
Release Date: September 10, 2017
She can’t survive the ‘30s alone…
Sibyl Trimble does everything she can to keep her family together. Before falling in love with a handsome, penniless hobo, she lived a life of new cars, speakeasies dances, and fancy cloche hats.
Then the Great Depression hits Oklahoma. The wind blows topsoil away, hundreds of jobless men hang around town, and the economy falls apart. Even Fremont, her strong, stable husband, grows discouraged and considers leaving as they struggle to put food on the table.
When disaster strikes again, will Sibyl and Fremont move on to California or try to survive in Oklahoma? Neither option sounds promising.
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So I enjoyed and cried along with Sybil and Fremont in this second installment of this Depression era faith filled series. The reality of the Depression is real, and the author truly packs a punch with emotion to really feel all the hurt and emotion of our characters. Sybil really has some complexity as she grows through the hurt her father has caused in her life and turning to her heavenly Father to lead, guide her, and for her to trust in. The faith message was clear but not overly preachy and was incorporated smoothly. If I had to say anything it would be that the sub characters were a little flat and uninteresting and perhaps overdone in their various vices. I felt like I had a really clear picture of the plot, and felt the struggles in my soul along with each character. I enjoyed that it was based on real history that I found rather intriguing in a tumultuous time in history. Overall, I recommend this series for those who enjoy historical fiction and inspirational fiction.
I received a complimentary copy of this book, and all opinions given are entirely my own.
About the Author
Kathryn Spurgeon, an award-winning author and recipient of a 2018 Illumination Book Award, has published over a hundred stories, articles, and poems. She grew up on an Oklahoma farm before moving to South Korea, where she adopted two children. She and her husband, Bill, hold weekly studies in their home for international college students. They have six children and twelve grandchildren.
More from KathrynResearching and writing about the 1930s has been a blast, and although it was the economically worst decade of the last century, faith, love, and life went on. It has been fun to glimpse into that historical time and find amazing and uplifting stories. Sibyl Trimble, my grandmother and the ever up-and-down, emotional but brilliant lady, did her best to create a great family environment. Seeking God, she also studied, taught, and shared about Christ in the midst of heartaches. Based on a true story, I hope this tale will inspire, uplift, and bring a touch of nostalgia to your day. The strength and courage Sibyl revealed can encourage us all and I am honored to share her tale with you.
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