Wednesday, October 19, 2022

A FLICKER OF LIGHT by Katie Powner, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"Secrets are like pennies. Everybody's got one, even the poorest among us. Some are new and shiny, and some are tarnished and worn smooth by age."

Coming back to the small town of Moose Creek, Montana, barely past newlywed status wasn't in Bea Michael's playbook; her husband Jeremy's job in California had suddenly dried up, and they were expecting an addition to their family. Leaving home in the first place had been tough; her mother had just died, her father's grief had been suffocating, and heading miles away to an east coast college had seemed like the next best step. Now, she and Jeremy just needed a place to stay while her husband rebuilt his career. Three months. That was the plan. After all, wasn't it her grandmother June who was always saying, "Today was more important than yesterday . . . "

Of course her father Mitch was skeptical about her big city husband's ability to be useful in the wilds of Montana, sniping about their little car, bringing along a house cat, not knowing how to dress for a football game . . .  But it was Bea's grandmother who was causing the most uproar . . . something was definitely wrong, especially after she baked an over abundance of practically raw apple pies. It seemed like the local legend of Miner McGee was the only thing that could bring June Jensen back into focus. A small "flicker of light".

Small town America springs to life under the watchful eye of this particular writer, whose witty, winsome perspective digs carefully under layers of generations in order to find precious diamonds of truth. Life as it was, or life as it should be . . . .maybe even life as we want it to be . . . or perhaps, just accepting life as it is. This story is a treasure chest of the past, present and future!

". . . the words she hadn't been able to get out of her mind. 'I need you to choose me'."

*I purchased a copy and was under no obligation to provide a positive review. 4.5 stars 
BackCover Blurb:
Secrets are like pennies. Everybody's got one, even the poorest among us.

For generations, the Jensens have raised their families in the small Montana town of Moose Creek, where gossip spreads faster than the wind. Yet some secrets need to be told.

When twenty-one-year-old Bea discovers she's pregnant on the heels of her husband losing his job, she's forced to admit she needs help and asks her dad for a place to stay. But past resentments keep her from telling him all that's going on.

Mitch Jensen is thrilled to have a full house again, though he's unimpressed with Bea's decisions: dropping out of college, marrying so young--and to an idealistic city kid, of all things. Mitch hopes to convince Bea to return to the path he's always envisioned for her, but she's changed since her mom died. And he refuses to admit how much he's changed, too, especially now that he might be losing his mother as well.

Grandma June is good at spinning stories, but there's one she's never told. Now that her mind is starting to fade, her time to tell it is running out. But if she reveals the truth before her memories are gone forever, the Jensen family will never be the same. 
Bethany House Publishing, October, 2022
Available in digital ebook, paperback, hardcover, or audiobook:
Buy A FLICKER OF LIGHT at Amazon, Christianbook .com, or Baker Book House 


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