I ordered this book, by Regina Doman, for my girls for Christmas.
Then, I gave myself the gift of reading it.
I loved it.
It is thoughtful, intelligent and compelling.
And can I just say how delightful it is to hand your daughters a novel in which the characters speak of Chesterton, poetry, chastity and their faith, and yet remain real, flawed and lovable?
How delightful it is.
The recommended age for this book is 14-and-up, and I concur. Betsy is only 11 -- I did allow her to read it after my preview, but she skipped certain parts that I thought were too mature or disturbing (late in the book, one of the heroines is in grave danger and the method by which she is nearly killed would have been too strong an image for Betsy.)
Betsy's summary? She said, "I couldn't put it down! Mom, when are you going to order the next one?"
I guess I know what our next book purchase will be. (Anne just picked it up ... I'll get back to you on her reaction.)
[UPDATE: Anne: Read it! Loved it! Wants the next book!]
And, speaking of Regina Doman, Ramona has lately fallen for the only other experience we had previously had with this author. Angel in the Waters is a magical book, one we've had around for awhile, but Ramona recently fell in love with it. She's been asking for it again and again.
(She's also been asking for a new baby sister. Are you listening God?)
I'm off to order a sequel (book, not sibling -- ah, if only it were that easy, eh?)