The book I’m featuring this week is:
“Brady, make sure that extra apple finds its way to the Carrutherses’ mailbox this afternoon,” Amanda Stanton instructed in a voice that meant business.
Once again I’m sharing a book that I pulled from my CFRR swag bag 🙂 I met the author while at CFRR and was able to chat for a few minutes with her. I was excited to meet someone who writes books that take place in upstate NY where I’m familiar with. In a small world, I also learned we even grew up in the same town! I’ve seen some great reviews for this book and it seems like one that will easily suck me in, so I hope to get the chance to read it very soon!
About the Book:
Bringing to mind classics like Catherine Marshall’s Christy, society’s standards are put to the test and a Northern Appalachian town comes together to save a neglected child in Ruth Logan Herne’s new romance, The First Gift. This poignant novel tells the story of five-year-old Cassie Carruthers, who lives in a bug-infested shack in the hills of Western New York’s Southern Tier. Her mother has died and Cassie spends her days fending for herself while her alcoholic father drinks himself into a stupor. But Cassie’s isolation has not gone unnoticed in the tightknit community of Phillipsburg. When a concerned neighbor alerts the county, the community sets a plan in motion to rescue the neglected little girl. Through fundraising efforts, Cassie is tucked into the kindergarten classroom of independent, beautiful Kerry McHenry. Kerry has her work cut out for her in dealing with Cassie’s depressed father, but despite the child’s loveless start in life, she soon reveals herself to be an intelligent, eager student. Moreover, she possesses a resourcefulness that has saved her life more than once—and will be called upon again. Kerry McHenry is nobody’s fool. She sees her own tough upbringing in Cassie’s dire situation, so she works tirelessly to guide the young girl, trying to help her become everything that God wants her to be. At the same time, she finds herself torn between a commitment-phobic pediatric oncologist from a nearby town and Phillipsburg’s widowed deputy sheriff, a complicated man who is still angry with God. As the stakes grow ever higher and the characters’ lives intersect in unexpected ways, each will face a true test of faith—and come face to face with indisputable evidence of God’s love.
About the Author:
Multi-published, award-winning, bestselling author Ruth Logan Herne is living her dream of being a published author and having the time of her life doing it. Born to a poor family in Rochester, NY, Ruthy draws on her early years and her many years of dealing with today’s young families and businesses to create beautiful, heartfelt small-town stories of faith, hope and love… while adopting her favorite non-Scripture quotes “Plenty of time for rest in the grave” (Ben Franklin) and “No one can make you feel inferior without your permission.” (Eleanor Roosevelt) and one can always depend on Yoda “There is no try. There is do or do not.” Succinct… and true. 🙂 She loves chatting with readers on facebook at Ruth Logan Herne or follow Ruthy on Twitter, visit her website or stop by Seekerville (www.seekerville.blogspot.com) or pop by the Yankee Belle Cafe where Ruthy and several lovely authors share recipes, facts, photos and just plain old life! (www.yankeebellecafe.blogspot.com
Now it’s your turn!
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