Secondhand Sunsets by Gail Kittleson
Restoring the years
Second Hand Sunsets by Gail Kittleson is a wonderful Christian historical novel set from 1863 during the American Civil War and its aftermath.
The novel is about the loss of the family and the grief that follows when you look back over the memories. An unscrupulous character takes advantage of someone else's grief and leads them where they normally wouldn't go. Grief blinds you to the current situation.
Cruel words spoken about us can linger. We believe what we are told, even if it is a lie. A character believes they are not good and deserves everything they get if they are manipulated by another.
There is the difficult issue of domestic abuse. "Why should I do that?" It is important to remember that abuse is not our fault, we don't deserve it, and we need to seek help to escape it.
We need to listen to the life-affirming voice of God that says we are loved. A character hears her father's voice saying, "No matter how dirty you get, I will always find you, dear daughter." This is an image of God who is always looking for us to love us no matter what situation we are in. Nobody is ever out of their reach.
After the American Civil War ended, the army was still used to track down criminals.
We witness the pioneering spirit of the brave men and women in history as they pushed west to open up new lands.
Family and friends are important. There are some nice friendships within the novel.
I had a favorite passage in history when a character floats in a dreamlike state. It was written beautifully and touched me deeply. Read the book and see if you have a favorite part too.
I always like Gail Kittleson's stories. They are well-researched, excellent stories that appeal to the heart.
I volunteered to review a free copy of this book that I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.