My Rock and My Refuge Review
This is the best book I’ve read in a while. It’s the kind of book that cheers up a girl on a rainy day. 🙂 It’s a lovely Christian read with traveling immigrants, a nearby deserted town, a mysterious recluse, and lots of freshly baked bread! It even includes subplots with Asian settlers!
The main characters are a brother and sister pair who are hired onto the staff of a recluse. Jakob and Marta came from Germany following a war and headed west after the Gold Rush, well, rushed and bust. The setting was charming, the characters good on multiple levels, plot developments were handled well, and subplots were well sprinkled throughout with several of them given extra good depth.
My Rock and My Refuge addressed some tough questions about assumptions & misconceptions, and tragedies human & circumstantial. I appreciated how the book didn’t shy away from the problems and ugliness of this world and instead responded with Christian faith and messages.
And, for those curious, this western retelling of Beauty and the Beast keeps the romance clean, and yay for characters having standards! 😀 You may also recognize several parallels with Jane Eyre also.
I did receive a free advanced review copy of My Rock and My Refuge from the author, but my review is honest & freely given.
By the way, there is also a giveaway! Yay! Just go here! AND . . . anyone who buys My Rock and My Refuge in the month of November (in any format) will receive 1 bookmark, 1 sticker, 1 art card, and 1 bookplate. They just have to follow the directions on Rachel’s blog or Instagram to submit their info and mailing address. This offer is valid worldwide! Yay, yay, yay!