Emma's Gift: A Novel

Emma's Gift: A Novel

by Leisha Kelly

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ISBN-13: 9781585586233
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2003
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 283,794
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Prior to her untimely death in 2011, Leisha Kelly was the author of several bestselling historical fiction books, including Julia's Hope, Emma's Gift, and Katie's Dream. She served many years on her local library board and was active in the ministries of her church.
L. A. Kelly is better known to her historical fiction fans as Leisha Kelly. Prior to her untimely death in 2011, Leisha was the author of several bestselling historical fiction books, including Julia's Hope, Emma's Gift, and Katie's Dream. She served many years on her local library board and was active in the ministries of her church.

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Emma's Gift 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Continuing the story begun in Julia's Hope, Leisha Kelley returns readers to the Depression era Worthham family. Life takes a turn for the worse when days before Christmas, the Wortham's neighbor, Wilametta Hammond, a mother of ten, dies. Julia and Samuel Wortham are suddenly all that stands between her children and certain death as their own father loses the will to live and care for himself, much less the children. ............ Julia finds her great faith severely tested as she tries to care for these other children in addition to her own family. Resources are already tight, and now they are at the breaking point. The flames of love and faith alone warm this ragged group as winter tightens a cold grip of fear around them. ............ ** Ms Kelley successfully paints a grim picture of the past, making readers feel her characters emotions poignantly. You get a clear reminder that times may be hard now, but they could be worse. **
mamagworld on LibraryThing 19 days ago
I loved this book and could not put it down. It is part 2 in a series.The entire series is wonderful and should be read in order to gain the whole picture. Book one really lays the groundwork for book 2 and introduces the characters very well, I think. I grew attached to the characters almost immediately and found myself looking forward to a moment when I could sit down a read a bit more. I personally felt very sad at the death that takes place but it made me think about how God really provides, how he knows our need and directs our journey, how his plans are laid out from the beginning.
echoesofstars on LibraryThing 19 days ago
This story is about two families trying to recover from the untimely deaths that affected each family. However, over half the book deals with the children's grief and Julia's questioning of God. There was little plot development and poor character development for the first half of the book - just portrait after portrait of how grief affected the children and how the busy adults did not have time to grieve. Finally the book got moving toward the end with an attempted suicide, which then turned unbelievable with how quickly everyone involved recovered from that averted tragedy. The overall theme, trusting in God, was a good message, but the surrounding context did not seem true to life. Such bitter grief does not wash away that easily, even if you are a believer in God.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful story of hard times and good times and of God's promise to see us through the seasons of life. Written in the setting of the depression years and their struggles, this family and the friends that they make along the way, teach of sharing and working together to make a little enough. Emma is their best cheerleader and teaches everyone what freely giving of one's self is all about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story! About survival and faith couldn't put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful Christian story of the depression years.
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miaanna More than 1 year ago
These books are awsome only wish all of her books were printed I don't like Nook I LOVE the process of opening the book, see the word on the page. the smell of the paper. and setting a bookmark.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This author has so much insight into the 'real' world of feelings and a great way to capture them with words. Anyone should first read 'Julia's Hope' for the prequel to this book -- both are swift and wonderful reads for any age whatsoever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was Awesome! The way she writes the desperate empty feelings after the death of loved ones was incredible and oh so true. She shows the empty feelings about life going on, as well as gives hope that indeed life does go on. I loved it, she has become one of my all time favorite authors and I cannot wait to read the rest of her stories.......
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very touching story about a family whose faith was tested after the deaths of a family friend, Emma, and a neighbor, Wilametta, who left behind ten children and a husband who basically gives up all hope. Their struggle to be strong and continue to do what was right by God made this book such a unique story to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so hard to put down I read it one day. Can't wait for another book. This book is bound to leave you with a very good feeling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Keep tissues close at hand, as they will be needed. Loved this book as much as the first, can't wait to read the others from this author. Great Christian books.