BOOK REVIEW: Sierra Madrid. Woman of the nineties. Bold. Determined. Her life was about to be tuned upside down.
Mary Kathryn McMurray. Young pioneer on the Oregon Trail. She was filled with anger at being uprooted form her home.
Two women, centuries apart, are joined through a tattered journal as they contend with God, husbands--even themselves--until they fall into the arms of the One who loves them unconditionally.
MY REVIEW: I really liked this book. Francine Rivers put in a lot of flashbacks, and though they weren't clearly defined, a person could easily tell where the story was. Some authors can't write in flashback without loosing their readers. Francine can.
This is the story of two women--Sierra in the present, and Mary Kathryn introduced through her journal, which is being read by Sierra. Each struggles with accepting their husband's decisions to move. Neither of them can accept it, and almost ruin their marriages. But when they let God through to their hearts, He shows them that He knows best for them and their families.
Sierra's father was against her marriage to Alex in the beginning and predicts his hurting her. Now after ten years, Sierra finally believes him when Alex declares that they are moving to the city. She loves their little house, their neighborhood, kid's school, and being so close to family. After the move, she can't accept the change, especially when Alex starts working crazy hours, and seems to pay her no attention.
Mary Kathryn's husband, James, has "the fever" and declares that they are joining a wagon train to Oregon. But once they get there, he decides to go on to California. Mary Kathryn as well can not accept the change, and her husband also starts pulling away.
As these two women battle against their circumstances and watch their families pull apart, they are joined by a single discovery, one that draws them to each other--even without knowing each other--by a striking scarlet thread.