Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The Solace of Water by Elizabeth Byler Younts: Review

I was sent this book from BookLook Bloggers.  My ratings and reviews will be my own personal opinions and are in no way influenced by publishers or authors who may have sent me books to review. 


"In a time of grief and heartache, an unlikely friendship provides strength and solace.

After leaving her son’s grave behind in Montgomery, Alabama, Delilah Evans has little faith that moving to her husband’s hometown in Pennsylvania will bring a fresh start. Enveloped by grief and doubt, the last thing Delilah imagines is becoming friends with her reclusive Amish neighbor, Emma Mullet—yet the secrets that keep Emma isolated from her own community bond her to Delilah in delicate and unexpected ways.

Delilah’s eldest daughter, Sparrow, bears the brunt of her mother’s pain, never allowed for a moment to forget she is responsible for her brother’s death. When tensions at home become unbearable for her, she seeks peace at Emma’s house and becomes the daughter Emma has always wanted. Sparrow, however, is hiding secrets of her own—secrets that could devastate them all.

With the white, black, and Amish communities of Sinking Creek at their most divided, there seems to be little hope for reconciliation. But long-buried hurts have their way of surfacing, and Delilah and Emma find themselves facing their own self-deceptions. Together they must learn how to face the future through the healing power of forgiveness.

Eminently relevant to the beauty and struggle in America today, The Solace of Water offers a glimpse into the turbulent 1950s and reminds us that friendship rises above religion, race, and custom—and has the power to transform a broken heart.


My Rating: 3 Stars

Format: Paperback

Source: Blogger Program

This had a slow start for me, and I had a hard time wanting to pick it up.  I was able to find it on audiobook as well, so I decided to try it that way as well.  I ended up going back and forth between the physical copy and the audiobook.  I am so glad I pushed through as once I started to get into the story, I did not want to put this down.  

This was definitely not a fast paced read, but it was very impactful.  I loved the messages surrounding this story.  If you love historical fiction, you will really love this story around relationships, friendships, and healing.

Overall, this was an excellent read. 

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