I don’t think she’s been doing it lately, but Jessica over at Housewifespice used to do a weekly book review linkup called
She’s a busy lady, though, and still blogging otherwise, so go on over there and pay her a visit, even if WWRW isn’t available today. She’s got some good stuff and some belly laughs. Worth your time.
Anyway, I am super duper excited. I don’t often say things like “super duper” unless it’s to my children and followed by the words “messy in here. Please clean up.” So why am I deviating so greatly from my usual modes of speech? Here’s why:
The Civil War tore the United States apart and many friendships and families as well. In A World Such as Heaven Intended Amara McKirnan and Nathan Simmons share a devotion to their Catholic faith but their loyalties lie on opposite sides of the conflict. Dedicated to the Confederate cause, Amara offers to help out at her uncle’s makeshift hospital in Atlanta. Fate brought Nathan to their doorstep and into Amara’s life. Little does Amara know that the wounded soldier she cares for harbors a secret that will not only jeopardize his life but hers as well.
Follow Amara and Nathan’s story from the heart of war-torn Atlanta to the Northern Georgia battlefields to the plains of East Texas as their lives become intertwined in a way that shatters the separate worlds they once knew.
Lauer brings us a well-developed setting, a neatly paced plot, and characters that live and breathe whom I couldn’t help but love. In fact, instead of an Atlanta debutante, our heroine Amara is, well, kind of a nerd… which I LOVE! The reality of the shared faith of these two characters is completely organic, never obvious. Their Catholicism is not flagrant but just a normal part of who they are and what makes them make the choices they must. The settings are detailed without being burdensome or boring. The action builds to a great pace. The ending is sweet and satisfying. All in all, I’m going to go ahead and call A World Such as Heaven Intended… heavenly!