Blooming And Growing
Season Of Hope by Sara Jane Jacobs is a beautiful Christian story about loyalty, friendship and growing up. I was enthralled with it and could not put it down.
The opening really draws the reader in with its hint of threat and menace. The novel then moves to sometime in the past and the reader feels a build up of tension as we wonder, when will the opening scene be repeated?
God is a God who answers prayer, no matter how young or old we are. “A seed of friendship was planted, God not only answered the prayers of a little girl but He answered the prayers of a little boy too.” He doesn’t always answer as we want Him too but He gives us something far greater.
Just as seeds need time to grow, so friendships blossom. This was a pure delight to witness. And just as flowers bend with the wind, so friendships bend too. Strong friendships, deeply rooted will not break.
The novel is about dreams. We all have them. “Do not let what other people think or say stop you from doing something you believe in.” Dreams can spur us on. Dreams can give us hope. “Don’t worry about it. And don’t settle.” If God gives you a dream, pursue it until He says stop.. Do not let any setbacks become roadblocks to stop you achieving.
There is the difficult topic of domestic abuse but it is sensitively done. The reader feels the sense of urgency and tension but is not sure of the outcome.
Boys need fathers or father figures. They need someone to show them what it means to be a good man in an increasingly difficult world.
Greed and the love of money and power lead to manipulation. “The more her company grows, the hungrier she grows for power.” Characters need to stay strong to who they are and resist the pull. This links to roots. We need to remember our roots and whose we are.
The novel is set over several years and the reader delights in watching the little boy and girl grow and blossom. The reader is aware of their true feelings for each other, even if the characters aren’t.
The action moves from the clean, clear air of the mountains to the hustle, bustle and pollution of New York City. The reader is aware that the characters will have to fight to remain pure amid the pollution.
Season Of Hope was such a beautiful read. I loved it. The lead characters took up residence in my heart. As the novel ended, so I cannot wait to read the second book and continue the journey. I feel that this has the potential to run and run with books (like Jan Karon’s Mitford) as the characters grow and develop. It would make a smashing movie too.
I am eagerly awaiting more from Sara Jane Jacobs.
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.
I really need to read this book, I feel it is the proper time in my life for me to read something like this. I have been trying to get back to me and who I am, currently reading William Comb book Who Told You That You Were Naked?. Takes us all the way back to Adam and Eve and the ways relationships changed. We are who we are and there is nothing wrong with that, a lesson hard learned!