Happily Ever After
Does Steel always bring fairy tale endings? I don’t know, but this one fairy taled quickly through to the end of the last two chapters. It might not be “ever after,” but the term happily applied as Blue got a settlement without the church being dragged through the mud, Ginny and her family seemed to reconcile, and an adoption dawned a new family. As if that was not enough, Ginny’s career shifted but not away from refugee projects. And then there was Andrew. Yes, Andrew. Will he and Ginny head off into the sunset together? We are left with some guesses, but I don’t have to guess that I liked the book.
I started off this series with some trepidation. Some warned me to toss it out amazed that reading such a book would even enter my calculations. I think because I grew up under a censorship cloud that was hard to do. For years novels were blanketed with a no branded with words like harmful, time wasters, non-productive, loss of spiritual growth. Those things were sprinkled, no not sprinkled, but showered onto my heart. As I have matured, I have peeked nervously out from under my sheltering tin roof. I made the beginning of this journey, with books like the Lord of the Rings. I liked those books but still felt rainy, guilt-drops splash onto my conscience. I even threw out my first set of books. Convinced they were sinful. Why? I could not put it into words. It was a feeling thing. I took it as a spiritual feeling thing. Eventually, as spiritual understanding and my faith grew the raindrops stopped leaving guilty rivulets. They even began to wiggle into smiles. Happy smiles. Helpful ones, too. [Read more…]