For an overview of this book, please see my FIRST Wild Card post.
My Review: This is such a tragic story with a great message. Kelly Irvin creates a vivid picture of what it means to be covered by God's grace. The story itself is an excellent mix of sorrow and joy. Sometimes, when covering such a sad topic, stories becoming depressing and you lose hope for the characters. Well, Kelly Irvin's story moves along at a quick enough pace that you can see the light at the end of the tunnel for Phoebe and Michael.
The characters, both main and supporting, are very well developed. Phoebe is a flighty, carefree woman who dreams of being a wife and a mother. Michael is a stoic, careful man. He admires Phoebe and her carefree ways. Both of these characters journeys are well written and very real feeling. I felt like I was moving along in their times of sorrow and trouble with them. I rejoiced with them both in the end. The supporting characters made the story better because they provided more detail into Phoebe and Michael's character, as well as the situation they were going through. You get a real sense of closeness and community from this story.
Overall, the message was my favorite part of the book. God's grace is big enough to cover any sin. A fatal accident plunges Phoebe, Michael, and the whole New Hope community on a journey of discovering God's grace, forgiveness, and family. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and look forward to reading more by this fantastic author.