I have a treat for you today! A lovely, meaty post all about one of my new favorite books! I love meaty posts with the more information the better! So I hope you like this one!
Gemma Ebworthy is eighteen, pregnant, and alone. Now that she’s been evicted, she finds herself sleeping in a barn, never dreaming that tomorrow could bring kindness of a life-changing magnitude.
The Martins aren’t a typical family—even for rural Kansas. With more kids than can be counted on one hand and a full-time farm, Gemma must make a lot of adjustments to fit in. But despite their many differences, Gemma finds herself drawn to this family and their radical Christian faith.
When Gemma’s past collides with her yet again, she must begin revealing her colorful history. With every detail Gemma concedes, she fears she will lose the Martins’ trust and the stable environment she desires for herself and her unborn child. Just how far can the Martins’ love and God’s forgiveness go?
Ok. This book. I was blown away! There are so many things to like about this book and I am hugely impressed that it was a first effort by the author.
I had the privelege of Beta Reading this book for Abigayle. I read it right after it came out and the fact that I enjoyed it SO much a second time speaks volumes.
This book is full of innocent, real life beauty. The plot is so great because it took me on twists and turns I did not expect! This book made me smile, tear up, laugh out loud, and I literally just wanted to hug the book.
The aspects of a large family were so amazingly done! From the perspective of a gal (me) who has a large family and lots of siblings, I was totally relating and nodding my head while laughing. It is so realistic and heart warming. And instead of the numerous characters getting mixed up or shuffled together, each character had a personality that was unique and interesting. I remember them all! The humor was also spot on!
Which brings me to another thing about this book. It was memorable. The attention to detail was amazing, but yet, it never got bogged down. For instance, she made a nail memorable. A nail people! And that nail made me so happy! You will have to read the book to know what I am talking about, but I am not even kidding. While this book is pretty long by today’s standards, I loved it. I am used to reading books written from a time-period that is 50 years or more behind us. This book hearkened back to that time. I just loved it so much that I really wanted to live in this book! Abigayle made me want to hug her characters, and smack a few of them. Which is a good thing because it means I was so into it! The romance is so sweet and understated. . . just the way I like it. Can I hug somebody, please?
The story does deal with some nitty-gritty things. Gemma’s past is far from perfect, but Abigayle never goes into uncomfortable details. It is handled delicately enough that it is a pleasant read. I would recommend that the readers be 14+ for some of the content. Aside from that, it is just a lovely, enjoyable, and glorious read.
Which leads me to my last comment. The gospel truths that were woven throughout the story make this book so much better. Gemma’s story of finding God was a highlight in this book. I don’t doubt that God placed this story on Abigayle’s heart for a reason and I trust that He will use it for His glory.
I will be putting my copy of Martin Hospitality on the shelf in a place of honor! I look forward to more of what Abigayle Claire has to offer! Hats off to you Abigayle! You wrote an amazing book!
About the Author:
Abigayle has been inspired to write since she could spell her own name. Her passion wasn’t completing the stories (she did that twice and decided it wasn’t for her), it was jotting down the ideas.
But in 2015, a story grabbed her–one she had to finish. Inspired by a crazy dream in a genre she no longer read, Abigayle set off on a journey to write her first novel and she hasn’t looked back since.
Writing is her ministry, freelance editing her job, and reading her pastime–all of which are proof that God really does know what He’s doing when He inspires a 6-year-old with a pencil in her left hand.
Abigayle has so graciously answered a few of the questions that I had for her in video form! I hope you enjoy!
Say what?! There is a giveaway! Yes there is folks! Enter away and I hope you win!
So that wraps up this post. What do you think? Do you want to read this book?
By God’s Grace,