Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult is a contemporary tale of racial injustice, hate and love. It is ordinary people just trying to do their jobs and making a difference in the world. “I’ll make the money… you make the difference.” I loved the book. I have yet to read a book by Jodi Picoult that I do not like. She always writes cracking stories, always with an unexpected ending that I never see coming, even though I know there will be some sort of twist!
Americans fought the civil rights battles in the 1950’s and 60’s but much to my sadness, the war still rages on today in some people’s heads. Jodi Picoult portrays this racial prejudice that haunts some sections of American society. “The only race that matters is the human race.” She shows the need to open one’s eyes to the racial injustices that still exist in this world. We are to spread the message of love not hate. The calm, professional attitude of the midwife is sharply contrasted with the hot headed white supremacists in the book. “Anger… is a renewable source of fuel.”
God’s Perfect Plans
Summer On Sunset Ridge by Sharlene MacLaren is a Christian historical romance and I loved it.
Set in 1855, America is divided over the question of slavery. The South upholds this abhorrent practice whilst the North kicks against it, with pockets of people helping escaped slaves. Men are all created equal and should never be divided by colour. “It is not right for human beings to be treated as personal property just because of their skin colour.” Sharlene MacLaren shows just how awful this practice is. There are some uncomfortable moments in the novel. Sharlene MacLaren does not sugar coat the attitudes of the South who were uncaring at best and brutal at worst.
The Power Of Dreams And The Bulldog Spirit
The Tea Rose by Jennifer Donnelly is an epic historical read. Spanning the years from 1888 – 1898 and moving from the grimy streets of Jack the Ripper’s Whitehall to New York city, it really is a gripping read.
The novel shows the awful poverty at the time combined with the bulldog spirit of the people. “Life’s trials [were] easier to bear with a strong cup of tea in hand.” Sacrifices and love kept families together.
There is the theme of dreams. “The day you stop dreaming… you are as good as dead.” People will try to take your dreams from you but you need to dig deep and hold on. “Keep a hold of your dreams… never mind about people who tell you you can’t.” Hard work and perseverance will help you achieve your dreams.
The True Source Of Hope
Never Forget by Jody Hedlund is a wonderful historical Christian romance. It is the fifth and final book in the Beacons Of Hope series but can be read as a stand-alone. I really loved it.
There are many themes within the novel including that of new beginnings. Everyone can have a fresh start with God. Our past does not have to dictate our future. We can have a new beginning with God as He cleanses us.
Tied in to the new beginnings theme is that of guilt and forgiveness. However we have previously lived, we know that we have been forgiven by God. We do not need to feel any guilt and we need to learn to forgive not only ourselves but others.