Historical Fiction

August Book Club Review: My Sister’s Prayer

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Women of Fearless Devotion Virginia, 1705 Celeste Talbot is usually such a sensible young woman–until she falls for an English soldier reassigned to the Colonies. Leaving her Huguenot family behind, she sets sail for America, only to learn that her younger sister Berta has been kidnapped and forced on board the very same ship. Whom can Celeste trust? The dashing soldier? Or the vigilant carpenter who remains by their side in the perilous New World? Virginia, present day Madeline “Maddee” Talbot has her hands full when she agrees to take in her younger sister Nicole following a serious car accident. The young women grew apart when Nicole fell into drug addiction, and Maddee prays this will be the start of a better life for her sister. But as they investigate a trauma from their childhood, Maddee must keep a diligent eye on Nicole–and the shadowy figure watching them from afar. From the Christy Award-winning team of Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould, My Sister’s Prayer tells the epic tale of two women compelled to protect their sisters, confront their fears, and navigate the muddy waters of betrayal to find true love.

My Thoughts

Mindy Starns Clark and Leslie Gould continue their Cousins of the Dove series with My Sister’s Prayer. In this book, the historical storyline skips ahead to 1705. On the other hand, only a few months have elapsed for our present day characters. If you are just discovering this series, I advise you to return to the beginning where the authors established the Talbot family history.

For me, the present day drama involving Maddee and Nicole stole the show. Few Christian fiction novels deal with the harsh reality of drug addiction like this one. Maddee was my favorite character overall because of her desire to help her sister recover physically, emotionally, and spiritually from her addiction. At the same time she maintained loving and safe boundaries with Nicole.

My Sister’s Prayer uses a series of old letters to tie the past to the present. Through them we learn of a later generation of Talbots who journey to the New World. Whereas being Huguenot had been an essential element of the first book, it had little bearing on Berta and Celeste’s story. Instead, the focus is on the sisters’ rebellion and eventual repentance.

In the end, I felt like this book had too much going on. I would have preferred a simplified plot with perhaps a little more development on Berta’s character. Furthermore, I didn’t find the human trafficking storyline as compelling as the Huguenot history which pervaded book one.

3Apples

 

I received My Sister’s Prayer as a member of the Harvest House Book Club. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. 

 

 

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