The Girl from the Papers

If you’re a regular to my blog, you might’ve noticed I haven’t posted since mid June.

Mr Wonderful’s father passed away unexpectedly almost four weeks ago. I dropped many things to look after my mother-in-law and our family during this sad time. But as I’ve learned through these tough weeks, life goes on, so now seemed as good a time as any to dive into another book review.

NetGalley and Tyndale House Publishing gave me an advance copy of Jennifer L Wright’s soon-to-be-released novel, The Girl from the Papers. This redemptive historical tragedy, inspired by Bonnie and Clyde, takes place during the Great Depression.

Beatrice Carraway’s world is harsh. Poverty, abuse and society’s judgment lead her down a destructive path, and she grows up fast. Her mother’s obsession with beauty boosts her ego until rejection becomes a constant companion, and harrowing abuse further fuels her bitterness.

Bea is determined to escape her reality, no matter the cost.

Redemption is a powerful theme knitted through this emotional story, with a contentious battle between “religion vs faith”. So-called Christian characters represented God in the worst possible way, wielding the excuse for abusing others “to save their soul”. As one of my favourite preacher’s says, Tabasco sauce bubbled in my veins at their perverse behaviour.

Bible Spoiler Alert: Jesus said the enemy of our soul comes to steal, kill, and destroy. Not God.

(John 10:10)

Ms Wright magnificently weaved variations of love into the intricate tapestry of Bea’s life. Neglect and abuse during her childhood hardened her heart, yet love for her younger sister drove her to protect her sibling’s innocence. Love for a man she clung to blinded Bea to his dangerous endeavours despite him leading them from bad to worse. And the unconditional love Bea received from one particular woman softened her heart to Christ.

The Girl from the Papers is a fabulous, emotionally draining read worthy of investment, and launches into the world on 8 August 2023. You can pre-order the ebook and paperback from anywhere great Christian books are sold.

Until next time,

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