Friday, July 17, 2015
Heart of a Shepherd, by Rosanne Parry
Filled with heart and grit, and a whole cadre of decent folks, Parry tackles the emotion-laden world of hard-working military families and ranchers in this tear-jerking juggernaut. It's an accepted fact that you will bawl by the end of the story as Parry pulls all the usual heartstrings. However, there are unexpected touches, like Brother's devout Quaker grandfather that will surprise you. The result is a classic coming-of-age story that stands out for its respectful portrayal of a rural life that is so often maligned or simplified by suburban writers.