La Risposta: The Answer by Autumn Macarthur is a wonderful contemporary Christian family novel and a perfect ending to A Tuscan Legacy series. This has been a fabulous series. A collaboration of nine books by different authors, giving individual stories of the characters in an extended family. It has been an absolute delight to read.
The book is warm and welcoming. The mystery running throughout the series is solved. Clues have been peppered throughout all the books. As the family comes together for a wedding so the series has come full circle. It had a familiar feel as I caught up with old friends.
There are themes of truth and lies, faith and forgiveness, foundations and identity – and over it all is the love of God. The novel reminds us to tune into God’s voice and to be obedient. “A stirring very like the voice of God, calling him home. An insistent whisper no longer able to be denied.” We must not ignore God when he speaks.
God longs to welcome the prodigals home. He is in the business of restoration. He will repair and restore lives.
“Family and love were the only wealth worth having.” Wealth and power mean nothing if we don’t have love. A reminder of this is in 1 Corinthians: 13.
God hears our prayers. “Perhaps God would hear her words when He seemed deaf to his.” Just because God does not answer in a way we think He should doesn’t mean unheard or un answered prayer.
We are hardest on ourselves. “As Dio forgives us when we confess, we must also forgive ourselves. This… it is not so easy.” Forgiveness brings freedom. If God has forgiven us, why should we then become our own jailer?
A name change signifies a character change.
This has been a wonderful series that has warmed my heart. What will I now do as the series has ended and I have been forced to bid my friends goodbye?
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.