Reviewer Conny Withay:Operating her own business in office management since 1991, Conny is an avid reader, volunteers reading the Bible to the elderly, and makes handmade jewelry. A cum laude graduate with a degree in art living in the Pacific Northwest, she is married with two sons, two daughter-in-laws, and one granddaughter.
Author: Murray Pura
Publisher: Harvest House Publishers
“Didn’t God heal you of the loss of Moses, and wasn’t this man part of your healing? This man you love? Do you truly think God wants to take him away from you? Or does he want the two of you to put more love on the earth?” Becky’s mom questions in Murray Pura’s book, Whispers of a New Dawn.
This three hundred and forty-nine page paperback is Canadian Pura’s third historical Christian fiction novel, honing in on the months, weeks and days before and after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in December, 1941. With no profanity and only kissing with mild physical romantic touching, it would be geared toward young adults, especially those aware of Amish beliefs and up-bringing. There are several written letters in a small, cursive font that could be hard to decipher. Although the King James Version of the Bible is used, this reader wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.
Nineteen year old Becky earned her airplane pilot’s license at the age of sixteen and loves flying with her parents on the Caribbean mission fields. When her father decides to move the family back to their Pennsylvania farm in the Amish country, she is wary of their strict rules that include no taking to the skies in flight, especially by a female.
When she settles into the calm, quiet and reserved way of life with her grandparents, aunt and parents, the adventurous, outspoken Becky is immediately captivated by Moses, a young Amish man. Falling quickly in love, she selflessly gives up her aviation addiction, deciding to join the church and marry. A fatal accident takes her true love away before they can exchange their wedding vows, closing the door to her heart tightly for any other man.
After her parents, aunt and brother feel shunned by the community for flying, they are asked by a friend to help train fighter pilots in Honolulu, Hawaii. To escape her sorrow and unhappiness, Becky enjoys being in the air but her heart is hardened and calloused until one special student appears on the tarmac.
With Japan bombing other parts of the world, Becky and her protégé play cat and mouse both in the air and in their volatile, sarcastic relationship which blossoms into love. The attack on Pearl Harbor further forces the young girl to look to God for His blessing to love someone again.
Although there is some repetition of the storyline and the dialogue is occasionally overly-stated romantically, the tome brings redemption to those who are hurting from past broken or lost relationships.
This book was furnished by Harvest House Publishers for review purposes.
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