Set in small-town Montana and populated with colorful, realistically-flawed, and engaging characters, Where the Blue Sky Begins is both thoughtful and thought-provoking.
Main characters Eric Larson, a driven businessman, and Eunice Parker, a quirky middle-aged woman with terminal cancer, are brought together by accident. As an unlikely friendship develops, they learn what is important in life. Themes of forgiveness, service to others, and living life to the fullest add depth and meaning to the story. Many heart-touching moments along with humorous ones balance each other to make this a memorable read. Katie Powner has a unique author’s voice, and this novel is sure to resonate with those who enjoy contemporary inspirational fiction.
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from Bethany House Publishing. All opinions are my own.4.5 stars
Sometimes the hardest road of all is the road home.
When confident and handsome Eric Larson is sent to a rural Montana town to work in the local branch of his uncle's financial company, he's determined to exceed everyone's expectations, earn a promotion, and be back in Seattle by the end of summer. Yet nothing could prepare him for the lessons this small town has in store.
At forty-six years old, eccentric and outspoken Eunice Parker has come to accept her terminal illness and has given herself one final goal: seek forgiveness from everyone on her bucket list before her time runs out. But it will take more courage than she can muster on her own.
After an accident pushes Eric and Eunice together, the unlikely pair is forced to spend more time with each other than either would like, which challenges their deepest prejudices and beliefs. As summer draws to a close, neither Eric nor Eunice is where they thought they would be, but they both wrestle with the same important question: What matters most when the end is near?