With an easy style that evokes the late 1800s and the Flathead Indian Reservation in Montana, the author takes us on the life journey of Mollie Sheehan. This was such an authentic book, a memoir of sorts. I love stories based on real people and Ms. Kirkpatrick did extensive research and used the actual accounts to bring Molly and her many struggles to life.
Molly learned to be *agile* or flexible as situations came up. She was content wherever God placed her. “I don’t think we’re put here to do great things in life. But to do small things bravely and with gratitude and kindness.” I like the greeting she gave to all who came to her home “What does your heart desire.” She learned real hospitality rather than putting on a false front.
We would do well to emulate Molly and see our worth as God sees us and be constant and steady in our faith walk. To be able to bloom wherever God places us and make a difference.
I always learn something new from historical fiction and liked that Molly and her husband were friends to the Indians as well as being agents to oversee their welfare.
This story tugged at my heart as I watched Molly and her family through the many hardships, but I rejoiced with her in her accomplishments and was happy that she married her true love.
This is a book that should not be missed.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Reads program. I was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*5 stars and a solid faith thread.
Mollie Sheehan has spent much of her life striving to be a dutiful daughter and honor her father's wishes, even when doing so has led to one heartbreak after another. After all, what options does she truly have in 1860s Montana? But providing for her stepfamily during her father's long absences doesn't keep her from wishing for more.
When romance blooms between her and Peter Ronan, Mollie finally allows herself to hope for a brighter future--until her father voices his disapproval of the match and moves her to California to ensure the breakup. Still, time and providence are at work, even when circumstances are at their bleakest. Mollie may soon find that someone far greater than her father is in control of the course of her life--and that even the command to "honor thy father" has its limits.
New from New York Times bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick, Beneath the Bending Skies is a sweeping story of hospitality, destiny, and the bonds of family.