Life for Kelly McGregor is a daily drudge of driving her overbearing father’s mules along Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Canal. She dreams of one day owning an art gallery where her own drawings and paintings are on display. But these dreams don’t include marriage. . .not after seeing what her father has done to her mother. How then can Mike Cooper, a general store owner, make her realize he is different than her father and wants to support her artistic talent? Will Kelly learn that dreams can walk hand in hand with a love created by God?
What I thought:
Wanda E Brunstetter steps away from Amish fiction briefly with the first of her ‘Bridges of LeHigh Canal’ series, ‘Kelly’s Chance’. Wanda’s obvious appreciation for history springs forth as she weaves a tale from the LeHigh Canal, set in the mid 1800’s.
Kelly’s character drew me immediately, with sympathy and compassion. Wanda’s deft skill had me imagining myself in Kelly’s shoes. Hard work and a tyrannical father are pitted against Kelly’s soft nature and personal dreams. Despite the hardship Kelly is forced to endure, she proves to be a loyal and responsible young woman who desires to make good choices for the right reasons, rather that to merely escape the difficulties she faces. Despite a lack of support, she demonstrates and an enormous amount of trust in a God she barely knows, as she chooses to rely on Him for the desires of her heart. Desires she barely dares to acknowledge for herself, lest she be crushed by disappointment.
‘Kelly’s Chance’ illuminates the promise that God will bring all things together for the good of those who love Him in a way that is meaningful and tangible. I was inspired and encouraged to see challenges in life as opportunities to grow faith, rather than to be overcome by impossibilities.
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