Sunday, December 15, 2013

Leah's Peace by Sophie Dawson ~ review

  • Series: Stones Creek
  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 29, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 148416878X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484168783

This book is also available as an ebook.

From Award Winning Author Sophie Dawson Stones Creek: A New Series

The Civil War has been over for two years. Two young women step off the train in Stones Creek, Colorado at the same time. One is returning to the family and ranch she loves, the other starting a new life leaving the memories which haunt her behind. 

*Leah, trying to flee her memories of the Civil War. She moves to Stones Creek, Colorado in 1867 following the death of her surgeon father. She had followed along as he treated Union soldiers in battle after battle. All she wants to do is forget, especially the handsome physician whose career she knew she had destroyed. 

*Eli, rejected by his parents because of his scarred face and arm. He moved to Stones Creek following a war buddy and has found welcome. Eli is puzzled by the newcomer Leah's coldness and avoidance. 

*Each wonders about the other. Why does this woman, who is friendly to everyone else in town, reject his offer of friendship? Why does she avoid looking at his face? How can she have peace knowing she is responsible for his scars? How could God have lead her to a town where the one person she wanted to forget lives, works and wants to be her friend?

My take on "Leah's  Peace:
After the death of her father, Leah Daniels is looking to start over in Stones Creek, Colorado. Haunted by the experiences she faced during The War of Rebellion (Civil War) she can't let go of the fear that she botched the treatment of a physician during the war costing him his career. Turns out Eli Steele is the physician that haunts her and he just happens to be practicing in Stones Creek. She tries to avoid him, but he wants to be her friend and is determined to figure out what her secret is, but when he does will he blame her for the scars he carries?

Sophie Dawson pens a wonderful historical tale with an inspirational message with Leah's Peace. It was so easy to fall in love with the characters in this story. My heart really broke for Leah, she was such a strong character and it was easy to see that God's plan was at work in her life.I really can't say enough good things about Eli he was such a wonderful person with a nice sense of humor.  It was a joy to meet each of the characters in this story from Abby, Sara and Ben's daughter who Leah is teaching to sew, her ideas of kissing is often funny, to Noah Preston the gun toting, gunsmith of a preacher, as I learned his childhood story I could easily understand why he chose the path he did. Some of his ideas concerning scripture made me think about what I really  believe and had me looking at God in a different way! Each of the secondary characters add a rich layer to the story providing me with a wonderful glimpse of the townsfolk. The author even touches on prejudice when Thomas and Almeda come to town! I have been a fan of Sophie Dawson for quite a while because of her unique storytelling ability. Not only does she create memorable characters but she also breathes life into the town that she writes about. She weaves joy and sorrow, inspiration and hope along with tragedy and sometimes heartache making you feel as if you are reading about real people in a real town. With the growth and change of the characters also comes the growth and change of the town. The inspirational themes woven into this story are very well done, and honestly had me wanting to read some of the scripture for myself. While the author provides a good ending I honestly hated to see this story end because it was like leaving old friends! I will certainly be watching for more stories in The Stones Creek Series by Sophie Dawson!

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