Under This Same Sky

Under This Same Sky

by Cynthia Roemer



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ISBN-13: 9781945094156
Publisher: Mantle Rock Publishing
Publication date: 03/23/2017
Pages: 366
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.82(d)

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Under This Same Sky 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
Under This Same Sky by Cynthia Roemer is a reminder of why ‘prairie fiction’ still resonates with us. It strips down the ‘essentials’ of life to the bare minimum and shines a light on what matters most: faith, family, and friendship. A little romance doesn’t hurt either. The story grabs your emotions from the very first page – Becky Hollister desperately trying to find help after a surprise tornado claims her mother and sister, leaving their family home destroyed and her father critically injured. I held my breath along with Becky as we waited for word on her father’s condition, occasionally distracted (I’ll admit it) by Pastor Matthew Brody who saves the day & then continues to drop in. While your life may not have been upended in quite the same way, I’m willing to bet at some point it has changed as fast as Becky’s did. We all can relate to her struggle to hold onto her faith in God’s goodness when life is hard, to cling to her dreams even as she learns to trust God’s dreams for her life. I think Roemer presented these issues authentically and with grace – grace not only for Becky as she works through them but grace for all of us who have been there too. Bottom Line: Under This Same Sky by Cynthia Roemer is as sweet as it is emotional. The blind school elements of the story are inspiring – with layered characters and touching wisdom. While I (of course) loved the budding romance between Becky and Matthew, I would have enjoyed the story just as much without it … because of the characters (except for Sarah, who I wanted to purse whomp lol), the setting and the message. If you’re a fan of Janette Oke, Kim Vogel Sawyer, Laura Ingalls Wilder and other stories set in the newly-settled heartland, you’ll really enjoy this book too! (I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book)
PattiShene More than 1 year ago
Under the Same Sky, by Cynthia Roemer, spoke to me for many reasons. First of all, the time period is one of my favorites. Cynthia’s descriptions of the prairie through heroine Becky’s eyes make this sometimes desolate and lonely land truly beautiful. The author chose blindness as her character’s condition, which fascinated me on a personal level since my mom, born legally blind, received her high school education at an institute for the education of the blind. Even though the time period and location were different, I enjoyed the facts about the education of blind people that Cynthia wove into her story. In this debut novel, the author weaves the faith journeys of her main characters throughout the story, using a well-known Bible story as one of her techniques to share the message of obedience in a non-preachy manner. Characters are multi-dimensional and their interactions and the circumstances they are confronted with are realistic. Cynthia has crafted an inspirational story with creative challenges for her characters. I look forward to more work by this author.
CrystalCaudill More than 1 year ago
Under this Same Sky was a sweet romance that will forever stand out to me for it strong, real-life spiritual thread. Cynthia has done a masterful job in taking us through the faith struggle of Becky Hollister as she deals with the tragic loss of her Mother, Sister, and her Pa’s vision. God has not promised a life without struggles, but He has promised to be with us as we face them. This story is so real to the emotions and struggles we face as Christians dealing with a tragedy that it strengthens your own faith. Becky is a heroine who matures from a youth into a woman with a deep love for others. Pastor Matthew Brody is a hero whose strong faith but real struggles make you want to kiss him. His strength and compassion will melt your heart. The supporting cast of characters, especially those of the Blind School, swell your heart. I loved Jimmy, Roy, and Emily. With the help of the hero, Jimmy, and Aunt Ellen, Becky’s faith strengthens in a way that is so relatable and heart wrenching that you can’t help but be carried through the pages. I highly recommend this story for anyone who has struggled with a loss or question of “why did God let this happen?” The romance was mostly long distance, but so sweet. It is not your typical romance but will leave you satisfied.
CarolJo More than 1 year ago
It is hard to believe Under This Same Sky is a debut novel for Cynthia Roemer! The book begins with a tornado that kills Becky's mother and sister, destroys her home and injures her father! Talk about attention getting in the first chapter! The book moves quickly with lots of activity. Becky doesn't agree with Pa's decisions but he is all she has left. Becky is an outstanding protagonist. In her grief, Becky learns to read God's Word and listen for His guidance. Circuit riding Pastor Matthew Brody is a well-written man who shows extreme kindness in helping Pa and Becky. I highly recommend Under This Same Sky to others who enjoy historical fiction and I will definitely look for the next book in this Under Prairie Skies series. I won my copy of Under This Same Sky in a giveaway on The Engrafted Word blog. This is my honest opinion.
SavannaKaiser More than 1 year ago
The first Christian fiction books I remember reading growing up was Janette Oke’s Love Comes Softly series. This debut novel, Under This Same Sky, took me back to the prairie and the sweetness of first love in a similar fashion. Becky’s bravery and kindness made me like her from the start. Her coming-of-age story really has it all – family, friendship, love. My heart broke to see her doubt God during her pain and loss, but she matures in her faith and grows in character very nicely through the story. Matthew is just as likable and sweet. His heart for the Lord makes him a perfect fit for our heroine. I was disappointed the two of them weren’t able to spend more time together in the story, but their time spent apart was important to the plot. The friends Becky makes along the way are equally endearing. I thought the historical details were very well researched. I felt like I was traveling across the prairie and seeing the 1850’s version of St. Louis with my own eyes. I loved learning about the different cultures and how the school operated too. Under This Same Sky offers a beautiful message of God’s grace and healing beyond the hurt. The first page may open with tragedy, but the last page ends with hope. I received a free copy from the author. No review, positive or otherwise, was required—all opinions are my own.
PJ-MidTN More than 1 year ago
What happens when you lose everything you hold dear? Young Becky Hollister is about to find out. In one brief moment, Becky goes from a happy girl on the prairie with her Ma, Pa and sister to being forced to grow up and become the sole caretaker of her blinded father after a devastating storm rips their home and family apart. With nothing left, she and her father must leave everything they know to travel to the big city to get help from the school for the blind there. Fortunately, the young circuit pastor, Matthew Brody, is more that willing to lend a hand and take them the long distance to deposit them in this new life. But maybe God has more plans in mind for these two. Can Becky get past her hurt and anger at God and see that He can turn even the most devastating circumstances into the greatest blessings if you just trust Him? And that He can use even your worst pain to bring about His wondrous plans for not only you but for those He puts in your path as well.
AnnE42 More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent debut novel. The author has written a story with wonderful characters and a story line that I thoroughly enjoyed. I was pulled into Becky's story from the first pages and didn't want to put it down after I had started it. This is also a wonderful story showing God's love and care for His children during times of tragedy and loss. The author certainly captured the feel of life in rural Illinois during the 1800's. This is definitely one that I recommend to the reader who enjoys really good historical fiction. I am certainly looking forward to reading more by this author.
vics49548 More than 1 year ago
A story of lost hope and God’s love, I couldn’t put this book down. The heart with which it was written pulled me to keep reading. Yes, there were tears as tragedy struck and as things happened in St. Louis (I don’t want to spoil it here!) but there was also love and laughter along the way. The characters in this story draw you in to their lives right away. Author Cynthia Roemer makes you feel as if you are there in the west with Becky and Matthew, and I wanted to stay! Definitely a must read for those who like historical fiction, western fiction, and light romance. I received a complimentary copy of this book but was not required to leave a positive review. All opinions are my own.