Friday, January 30, 2015
Discovering Hope The Diaries of the Woodsmall Sisters Book Two-Bethany's Diary by Rachel Rittenhouse
This second book in the series focuses on Bethany Woodsmall. She is a young teen growing up during the 1800s, and reading about her life and the challenges she faces on a farm in Minnesota, brings to life this time period and Bethany's family. The book is written in diary form. Bethany records the scriptures preached at church each week and what they meant to her. She writes about the issues that face her family, like living through a blizzard, the rain almost destroying the crops, sickness, and even death. The despair, the hope, the triumph are felt as Bethany writes in her diary.
This story is filled with hope, encouragement, and faith for us as we face daily challenges. Opening your heart to love, frees you to live life. I loved the drawn pictures interspersed in the book depicting the story. The characters come to life and I felt like I was living there with Bethany. Situations may arise beyond our control, or things happen that we don't understand, but take Bethany's advice. Rely on God, trust in Him. In God there is hope. As Bethany wrote in her diary, "Even in the rough times, God showed us His unending faithfulness and we truly discovered His hope."
I can't wait to read more books by Rachel Rittenhouse. She has a knack for bringing characters to life. You do not need to read Book 1 before reading this one. You will want to just to see what happened previously, but you won't be confused if you didn't. Read this story today and get to know Bethany and her family. Teens would love this book as it is from a teen's viewpoint, as well as others who enjoy the 1800s, and characters who grow in their faith in God.
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.