Under Scottish Stars by Carla Laureno is the most charming contemporary Christian novel with family at its centre.
The novel is set on the Isle Of Skye which holds a dear place in my heart as we spent our honeymoon there many years ago (pre the road bridge). The locations were familiar to me enabling me to ‘walk’ through the action.
All the characters were delightfully drawn. Carla Laureano perfectly captured the mannerisms of the young children – I loved their closeness to their mother.
Family is important. Characters lay down their personal dreams for their family. The reader witnesses selfless love in action.
What we teach our children is vital. Children learn by watching us. Sometimes they copy behaviours from us that are not what we want for them. We want our children to live free and not to be shackled by our insecurities. Likewise God wants us to live in freedom and surrender our lives to Him.
When we hurt we may withdraw, even from God, blaming Him for our situations. We think God does not care in His silence. The reality is we are so focused and looking inward that we have forgotten to look out and up to Him. When we do, we will realise God was there all the time, patiently awaiting our return.
God has given each one of us gifts. We need to use these gifts and not hide them away.
There was a wonderful, warm, community atmosphere to the novel as the reader was welcomed to Skye.
Carlo Laureano is a new author to me. I adored Under Scottish Stars. I shall certainly be seeking out more by her.
I will leave you with my favourite quote:
“Some things in life you just have to take on faith.”
I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own.