“I smiled and acted like I was supposed to be there. It was amazing how much people assumed by a simple glance. An outfit, an expression, a tone of voice. Anyone could pretend to be anything. Today, I was a rich girl. ”Thirteen-year-old Rose Wells was determined to make it on her own. Running from authority one last time, the forest became her home, the cafe her source of food, and the fear-driven determination keeping her there as long as she could help it. Not everybody was ok with that. Alex and Jenni Johnson do whatever they can to find their foster daughter and bring her home, giving her the genuine love she’d never know. Over the course of a single summer, hearts are broken, scars exposed, friendships blossom, and ultimately a greater truth is learned. A greater God is understood.
Author: Libby May
Rating: ★★★★(4 stars)
Romance: None that I can remember. There may have been a kiss or two between the husband and wife.
Controversial: There was one word that I didn’t particularly care for (not a cuss word, just not a nice word), but it was a mean person calling herself the word and it was only used once. There is also a lie in the book.
Bible Translation Used: New King James Version
Age: 13+. Younger girls could read it, but may not relate to Rose as well and may want to run the book by their parents first.
This book is so captivating. Rose, oh my, I feel so sad for her and the life she lived before and everything she’s trying to run away from. Her story makes you want to reach out and give her a big hug.
The book switches point of views from Rose, to Alex (her foster father), to her past. While it may be hard for some readers to read a book with multiple POVs, I found it quite easy to keep track of who’s POV the book was in. Also, like mentioned it the “Controversial” section, there is one word that I don’t like, but it’s only used once. Overall, this book is very sweet and I would recommend you read it.