Hello everyone! Eeps, do you know what's going on right now?! THE MARTIN HOSPITALITY BLOG TOUR YEEEESSS.
*ahem* So pretty much this is a super amazing book by a super talented gal, which I had the opportunity to beta-read (!!!!!) and will be sharing my review of today. :D
Gemma Ebworthy is eighteen, pregnant, and alone. Now that she’s been evicted, she spends the night in a barn, never dreaming that tomorrow could bring kindness of a life-changing magnitude.
The Martins aren’t a typical family—even for rural Kansas. With more kids than can be counted on one hand and a full-time farm, Gemma must make a lot of adjustments to fit in. But despite their many differences, Gemma finds herself drawn to this family and their radical Christian faith.
When Gemma’s past collides with her yet again, she must begin revealing her colorful history. With every detail Gemma concedes, she fears she will lose the Martins’ trust and the stable environment she desires for herself and her unborn child. Just how far can the Martins’ love and God’s forgiveness go?
~ My Review
Gemma is such an endearing character. Pregnant, alone, and scared, but she's honest about her past wrongs and very respectful to the Martins. She's realistic and relatable and, ahhhh! Just all the way around an amazing main character that you can't help but love. :D
And then we have Josiah... Who's practically perfect. XD Okay, I'm kidding. He's not perfect; he has faults. But, eeps, I think he was probably my favorite character. ;) Such a sweet fella and all-around a great guy. *smiles*
*minor spoilers ahead* Little Farris, aww!! If you want to flail and squeal over an adorable baby boy, you definitely need this book. (Oh, wait. You need it even if not. Never mind. :P)
All of the Martin kids were so much fun to read about. They welcomed Gemma into their big, happy family and made her feel right at home. Ginger was probably one of my favorites (with Elias, of course... <3), but the little ones were so cute. ^.^
Mrs. Martin also was such a dear and so good to Gemma. I wasn't sure what to make of Mr. Martin at first, but he redeemed himself in the end, so I'm good. ;)
I can think of anything that made me not like this book at any time. As I said, Mr. Martin did 'brush me the wrong way' at times though. *minor spoilers* The way he sometimes treated Gemma bothered me. I could somewhat see where he was coming from, wanting to protect his own kids, but he was a bit blunt with some things that I thought would've been best said privately to his wife. And NOT said in front of Gemma or the kids. *end of spoilers*
And the ending...<3 <3 I want even delve into that, because you don't wanna spend all day reading this review and I don't wanna spent all morning writing it. :P But let's just say I squealed with delight at the last chapter and can't wait for more books in the Martin Generations series :D
So yes. Go purchase this book RIGHT NOW and then read it!! XD You will have no regrets...be a good child and trust me with this money-related-decision. *nods*
**In addition to beta-reading, I had access to an e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.**
Abigayle has been inspired to write since she could spell her own name. Her passion wasn’t completing the stories (she did that twice and decided it wasn’t for her), it was jotting down the ideas.
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