Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Where I was Planted Review
In the spring of 1961, ten-year-old Nate "Weenie" Dooley has a revelation-his father is not a good one.
Inspired by National Geographic, his favorite thing next to the Bible storybook his mother gave him before she died, Nate plans to leave his father and their home in the Smokies to set out on adventure.
When he discovers that his father has left him first, it will take the help of a stray dog, some kind neighbors, a one-man-band, letters from a long-lost-aunt, and a new understanding of God to figure out he isn't really alone.
Will he find that Copper Creek is where he's always belonged? Or will his wanderlust keep him from ever coming back?
In her second novel, Heather Norman Smith demonstrates that love makes a family, and that while fathers may leave, our Heavenly Father is faithful, and He has a plan for all of us.
My thoughts: From the get go, Nate's story is one that pulls at the heart strings! When he attends the birthday party of a schoolmate, he comes to the realization that his father is not the norm. Left motherless at a young age, his father is an absent one. When he comes home one day to discover his father has left with no notice, Nate must come up with a plan to survive.
I didn't know how this story could be more than a heartbreaking one, but it wound up being a beautiful story of a child's faith in miracles and hearing from God. I love how it brings the early 60's to life, with this small town setting. This is an excellent story to pick up!
I received this book from Just Read tours. This is my honest review and is in no way influenced by receiving a complimentary copy.
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