Ruth Logan Herne — 272 pgs.
Publisher: Franciscan Media
Reviews“Poignant and powerful, Ruth Logan Herne packs a heart-and-soul punch with a tender love story that will not only haunt and inspire, but change you forever.” —Julie Lessman, award-winning author, the Daughters of Boston, Winds of Change, and Heart of San Francisco series
“Ruth Logan Herne is a storyteller through and through. A charming mix of endearing characters, especially a little girl who steals your heart from page one, bring to life the struggle of northern Appalachia’s poorest as a dedicated teacher determines to save one child.” —Myra Johnson, two-time American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) Carol Award finalist, author, The Sweetest Rain
“A tender, wise story of choices and learning to trust, The First Gift touched my heart. I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.” —Linda Goodnight, New York Times bestselling author and winner of numerous awards, including the RITA Award for excellence in inspirational fiction and the ACFW Book of the Year
The First Gift
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.
Stock # B36957 (9781616369576)
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