A novel set in the South during the Civil War that explores questions of faith , identity, love, and family.
This was a slower read to start, and much of the beginning 40% lends itself to laying the groundwork and developing the characters, but if you hang in there it is all worth it. This book was different from others that I've read by this author, but not in a bad way. The plot was more character driven, and I think that she handled so many difficult subjects of racism and fighting for your family very well.
I liked how Phin is challenged by his friendship with Luther to take a deep look at his beliefs and his faith, and even though he is a good man to start he becomes and even better man as he gives himself over to the Lord's work. Delia is fanciful and loves to make up stories of daring and heroism. I was pleasantly surprised by her maturity over the course of the book, and I loved how she stood by Selina. Luther was easy one of my favorite characters and I loved his dry sense of humor throughout.
Overall, this book has a slow build, but don't let that fool you. It is a poignant read with strong themes of faith and fighting for what is right, that all came together in a satisfying ending. A worthwhile read for sure!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.