Abandoned by his no-good father and forced to grow up too soon, Noble Burden has set his dreams aside to run the family farm. Meanwhile, James Horton, the pastor of the local church, questions his own calling as he prepares to close the doors for good.
As a severe storm rolls through, threatening their community and very livelihood, both men fear losing what they care about most . . . and reconsider where they truly belong.
The best part about this book for me was the setting in Indiana. It brought back a lot of memories of life in small-town Indiana and the acres and acres of grass and cows. It was also nice to remember the small-town churches on many corners in rural America.
The characters of James and Noble and the struggles they experience are easy to identify with. Noble feels such pressure to provide for his brother and mother and is willing to give up his dreams to do so. However, it is so difficult to forget about the desire to follow a dream. James is at an opposite place in his life, where his church is closing down.
There were a couple places in this book where the plot took a strange turn for me, especially with James. I would have liked to have seen more of Shelby to get more insight into her thought processes. However, obviously the focus of the book was on James and Noble, so it is easy to overlook the lack of depth in Shelby’s character.
Overall this is a nice story of the struggles of people that you could imagine encountering in real life. If you are looking for a nice, easy comfortable read, this makes a great choice.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.