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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Book Review; Interpreted: A Life Beyond Words

By Sarah Holman
Recommend for: Those who like YA fiction, well written book seekers, those looking for a thought provoking read, clean fiction lovers

From the back cover:
Can love really heal all things? If Sam Carroll hadn't shown up, she might have been able to get to her mother in time. Instead, Allie Everly finds herself at a funeral, mourning the loss of her beloved mother. She is dealt another blow when, a few hours later, she is sent from Tennessee to Maine to become the daughter of Miss Beatrice Lovell, a prim woman with a faith Allie cannot accept. Poetry and letters written to her mother become the only things keeping Allie's heart from hardening completely. But then Sam arrives for the summer, and with him comes many confusing emotions, both toward him and the people around her. As World War II looms, Allie will be forced to decide whether hanging on to the past is worth losing her chance to be loved.

I was very excited about receiving this book to do a review on.  This was my first ARC, my first review book, as well as my first traditionally published book by a homeschooler.  This book had a lot to live up to, and it did not disappoint.

Rachel Coker has an engaging style of writing, one that lets you feel what the character feels.  Even though Allie and I are nothing alike, Rachel made me feel what she was feeling.  Not only that, but I also knew what Allie was like as a person.  She was so real, her character was so deep, and she will go on my list of unforgettable characters.

I was challenged by this story in a way I hadn’t been since Sophia’s Heart.  I was challenged to look at the people around me in a new light.  Maybe the angry people I met were like Allie, dealing with a past that I could only begin to imagine.  This book made me want to reach out to hurting people, and show those who might be the love of Christ. Just about any book that challenges you to do that, in my opinion, is worth reading.

What I loved:
Although this book deals with some hard subjects such as mental illness, a parent leaving, Christians not acting as they should, the death of a parent, etc.; it was not depressing.  Rachel Coker manages to throw in humor where needed.

I loved the poetry at the beginning of each chapter.  For someone who has a hard time sitting down and just reading poetry, this was a wonderful way to be exposed to a great poet.

What I didn’t like:
That Rachel doesn’t have another book out yet.  After reading this book, I can’t wait to get my hands on her next work.  However, I might have to wait a while.  Look for my name toward the top of the pre-order list when she does come out with one.

I highly recommend this book as a thought provoking as well as an enjoyable read.


I received this book from Zondervan in exchange for my honest review.  I was under no obligation to write a positive review.  The opinions in this review are entirely my own.

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