How can she let go of the past when she is forced to confront it?
Kidnapped by her father at two years old, Lane Steen never imagines she is living a lie until a new schoolteacher, Edith Wallace, comes to Valley Creek. Yet Edith is more than a schoolteacher. She is part of the past—a past hidden in a mysterious dream that has haunted Lane since childhood.
At sixteen, Lane yearns to escape from her embittered father’s hatred that engulfs her home. The schoolhouse is Lane’s only escape. Carefully, Edith works to earn Lane’s friendship, but love and trust doesn’t come easy for a heart plagued by hate. But then the truth shatters Lane’s world.
The truth sends Lane on a turbulent search into the past. Leaving Valley Creek behind, Lane reunites with a family she cannot remember—a family that surpasses her wildest dreams. A family that belongs to her.
Despite her newfound joy, her hatred for her father only deepens. Although she desires to experience the faith of her family, Lane can’t cast away one thing she holds closely: the hatred that helped her survive.
Digging into her father’s unbelievable past, she confronts the story behind her father’s ruin. Will she always be bound by hate?
Yet something even stronger binds her. Something stronger than her family, something stronger than her will. She is bound to Valley Creek, the place of her stormy childhood, the place of the man she loves, but more importantly, the place of God’s calling. Ironically, she finds love, purpose, grace, and forgiveness in a place she’d sought all her life to escape.
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I hardly know where to begin. This story moved me in many ways. Hatred, unforgiveness, and fear are transformed the only way they can be; through God’s grace and mercy. And don’t we all need that? Writing very reminiscent of author Grace Livingston Hill, Candace West gives us characters we can relate to and come to care about. Life is not easy in the Ozark’s and we see that plainly, but God is always there and always moving in this openly Christian novel. Following Lane on her journey through life; through hard times and a discovery that leads to better times, life is not what it can be until Christ is allowed into the heart. You will love Lane, as well as most the other characters. Some will puzzle you, others will anger you, and that’s real to life writing. If you enjoy Christian fiction with a purpose, but written in a style that is not preachy, then you will enjoy Lane Steen. I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a review.
Lane Steen by Candace Posey is a wonderful story with engaging characters and an interesting story, including a gentle Christian theme. The author does a great job of setting the place and time, making us see clearly the area and the people. I really get bogged down in books with too much description and start skimming, but that was never a problem here. The descriptions were spot on, drawing the picture delicately but vividly. I particularly loved the characters, who are interestingly layered and multi-dimensional. Even the villain has such an inner struggle with hints of history that we want to know more about him. Lane Steen is a teenage girl living in the Ozarks with her father and her “mama”, who she discovers is not really her mother. She lives a life of poverty and abuse, with an angry alcoholic father who treats her with barely concealed animosity when he is sober and beatings when he is drunk. Mama gives her a bare minimum of physical needs, but no real love or caring and very little protection. She is abused herself, and has such low self-esteem that she can’t be a support for Lane. The only positive in Lane’s life is school, which she loves, and which she sees as a possible way she can escape. She has a good friend, Tabitha, and an older friend and protector, Guy, who stand by her. When a new school teacher comes to town, everything begins to change for Lane. Miss Edith fills Lane with hope when she tells her she has a gift for teaching and she could become a teacher. She watches Lane carefully, because she has a secret too, and she knows things about Lane that no one else in the town of Valley Creek knows. Throughout the book, the characters ebb and flow with the events as we learn their histories and get a better understanding of them and their strengths and weaknesses. We fall in love with them as well as Lane, and I can’t wait for future books to further explore some of these characters. The Christian message is present and important, but it doesn’t hit you over the head or reduce the complexity of the story itself. I have always loved the books of Grace Livingston Hill, and I think Candace Posey is a worthy successor.