Thursday, January 31, 2019

Choices and Consequences

This book is a clear contrast to Ms. Lewis’ “Sarah” series. Whereas the stories about Sarah, the dyslexic angel, are funny and light-hearted, though with deeper meaning, Mattie’s Choice is a totally different direction. Mattie’s Choice is a historical novel that takes the reader back to the early 1900s, with vivid descriptions of life in rural Osage County, Oklahoma, poverty, family pride, misinterpretation of the Scriptures, and domestic abuse (verbal and physical) all too commonplace then and is still prevalent today. There are many lessons to be learned from the book—how a seemingly innocent choice can be life-changing, how to identify potential signs of domestic violence, how much jealousy is too much, how to sort through options, and how to be a survivor with God’s help and guidance.--Joy

Reading Mattie's story with a modern mind is difficult, mainly because I found myself just wanting her to leave her abusive husband to protect herself and her children. But then I remembered this wasn't a story set in modern times, but a story from the past for a modern audience. That perspective changes things dramatically. When a book has me thinking about it the next day (long after I've put it down), I'd say the author has done something right.  --Kim

Grab a box of tissues and settle in for a sweet story of strength, commitment, and sisterhood. I loved how Mattie's and Ella's stories intersected and contrasted. As their lives unfolded, their choices drove an emotion-packed story that kept me captivated from start to finish. Wonderful story, beautifully told, with a lasting lesson of compassion for all of us. Don't miss this one!  --Carlene

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