Mr B's review
Lyle Hovde’s struggle with faith in the face of personal tragedy is both heart-wrenching and heart-warming. Living out his golden years in rural Wisconsin, Lyle spends his days caring for his best friend and his apple orchard, alongside his one true shining light: his 5-year-old grandson Isaac. When Lyle’s daughter threatens to sever family ties in the name of religion, Lyle, sensing danger for the boy, becomes surer of his place and the consequences of his inaction. A beautiful and powerful read. – Laura at Mr. B’s
‘This is storytelling at its finest.’ USA Today
‘Heart-stoppingly good.’ Willy Vlautin
‘Subtle and heartfelt . . . Wonderful.’ Big Issue
‘A heart-wrenching look at family and the American mid-west.’ Stylist
Lyle and his wife, Peg, are living a mostly contented life in rural Wisconsin. Their daughter, Shiloh, after some troubled years has finally come home, with their five-year-old grandson, Isaac. But while away, Shiloh became deeply involved with the pastor of an extremist church in a nearby town, who is convinced that Isaac has the ability to heal the sick. Struggling with his own faith, and with his growing hostility towards the pastor, Lyle faces the very real threat of losing his daughter and beloved grandson once again.
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