While this book wouldn’t have made it onto my list of nominees for best-written thing I’ve read this year, my kids really enjoyed it.
It can be lonely growing up outside the woods of New England during the 1890′s, especially with Christmas on the way. All that Christopher really wants is a friend. However, that’s not very likely, because the only neighbor his age comes from a wealthy family, and the two have never been allowed to associate. That all changes on the day that Samuel Hopkin comes up missing. Christopher volunteers to help, but things go wrong and he suddenly finds himself caught up in the same impossible situation. Relying on the survival skills he’s honed while exploring the Falmouth Woods, Christopher keeps his eyes fixed on God as he tries to find a way for them both to escape. But will they be able to do it in time?
The plot was exciting and suspenseful, without ever being too scary or disturbing. The kids looked forward to reading a chapter each night, to find out what would happen next.
The Christian message came through loud and clear. More than just morality, this was truly an inspirational message of faith.
Highly recommended… And looking forward to reading more from Mr. Edwards!