In the 1940s, the small Pennsylvania town of Haven is rather subdued with their young men facing battles in far-away Europe. Young Andy Gilbert, burdened with his job of delivering telegrams bringing the news of those missing or killed in action, faces the coming holidays with dread and discouragement. With each new message he must deliver- met by screaming mothers, grief-stricken wives, and weeping familieshe longs to join the ranks of the numbered dead. Only one elderly woman recognizes the pain and suffering tormenting Andyand it is through her wisdom that the stars again can shine for Andy and for a town that desperately needs the hope those stars represent. A touching novella book from a bestselling novelist.
About the Author:
Tracie Peterson has written more than 50 historical and contemporary novels. Her books make regular appearances on CBA bestseller lists. She and her family make their home in Belgrade, Montana.
|Publisher:||Bethany House Publishers|
|Product dimensions:||4.82(w) x 7.24(h) x 0.57(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This book was sad and moving, but also had friendship and a powerful plot. You feel for the main character and all he's going through, you're rooting for him and his new friends, hoping somehow it all works out. He's conflicted and in pain. So is the town and you feel for them at the same time as you're frustrated with their actions. The main character reaches a revelation on his own and I was glad for him, but then the towns turn around made it even better. Very sweet ending as well. Wonderful read.
I see the story in a different way than the children's reviewer. Sometimes I think it's a disadvantage to read previous reviews and at other times an advantage. I believe the author's intention was to show the life of someone who has lost everything (his entire family)and how he dealt with it more than the time period within which the story occurred. Because of his job delivering telegrams, Andy lost even the love most people receive as part of everyday life, and more importantly, the human contact people need to feel loved. He was ostracized, which made him bitter toward God, who he believed took his family and left him with nothing but a depressing way of life. Some days he didn't care if he lived anymore. Then in walks the older lady who treats him like a normal person with the need for care and concern, and things start to turn around for him in his heart. I thought it was a beautiful illustration of how the love of one person can change the future of another by instilling hope into the person's life. In regards to how the story was written, I found it a bit blah with two much backstory up front in the very beginning (about his parents) but once the older woman entered the scene it picked up from there and even got my eyes watering at one point (which rarely happens when I read.) It was definitely worth my while, though I probably won't read it again.