Book Review: The Song of Sourwood Mountain

Book Review: The Song of Sourwood Mountain

About the Book:

While the century began with such promise, it is 1910 when Mira Dean’s hopes of being a wife and mother are dashed to pieces. Her fiancĂ© dead from tuberculosis, Mira resigns herself to being a spinster schoolteacher–until Gordon Covington shows up.

No longer the boy she knew from school, Gordon is now a preacher who is full of surprises. First, he asks Mira to come to Sourwood in eastern Kentucky to teach at his mission school. Second, he asks her to marry him. Just like that. And all at once the doors that had seemed firmly shut begin to open, just a crack.

With much trepidation, Mira steps out in faith into a life she never imagined, in a place filled with its own special challenges, to serve a people who will end up becoming the family she always dreamed of.

From the pen of bestselling author Ann H. Gabhart comes a heartwarming story of the unexpected blessings that can come when we dare to follow the Lord’s leading.

My Thoughts:

First off I’ll tell you that I enjoyed the book. The growth of the characters and the descriptions of the place and time drew me in, but it didn’t start out that way. Early in the book I reacted strongly to Gordon’s proposal where he tells Mira that he thinks it’s God’s will for them to marry. I’m a strong proponent of mutual discernment so it put my hackles up. And yet, it was the grace of the characters, and the fact that he was actually seeking mutual discernment, despite his strong statement and strong belief, that kept me reading.

In fact, it came to be one of my favorite things about the characters – they had strong convictions and they held on to them with integrity, while also waiting on the Lord and seeking guidance.

The relationships and connections and the openness of hearts to bring genuine love into hard places was beautiful and it was sweet to watch them discover that sometimes when it seems that God is blocking our dreams it’s because he really does know when we are dreaming too small.

I received a free digital galley of this book and in exchange I am giving to you my honest opinion.