She whispers, “I’m supposed to take you home.”
“Not yet,” Abel says. “Please, just not yet.”
All Abel wants is a little bit of magic in his life. Enough money so his mom doesn’t cry at night. Healing for his broken body. And maybe a few answers about his past.
When Abel discovers letters to him from the dad he believed dead, he wonders if magic has come to the hills of Mattingly, Virginia, after all. But not everything is as it seems.
With a lot of questions and a little bit of hope, Abel decides to run away to find the truth. But danger follows him from the moment he jumps his first boxcar, forcing Abel to rely upon his simpleminded friend Willie—a man wanted for murder who knows more about truth than most—and a beautiful young woman who was already on the train. From Appalachia to the Tennessee wilds and through the Carolina mountains, the name of a single small town beckons: Fairhope. That is where Abel believes his magic lays. But will it be the sort that will bring a broken boy healing? And is that the magic that will one day lead him home?
My Review: Billy Coffey writes such unique stories. This is the second book I’ve had the pleasure of reading by him, and I am so impressed with his imagination and creativity. It’s refreshing to find an author in Christian fiction who writes in such a distinct way.
I absolutely fell in love with Abel in this story. He’s a broken child in the world’s eyes, but in reality he is a wonder, filled with hope, faith and love. I really enjoyed the most unlikely friendship between he, Dumb Willie and Dorothy and I loved traveling with them on their journey. They truly were characters that came alive on the pages.
This story is so full and rich and has a depth that is hard to explain. It’s full of mystery, intrigue, hope and a little bit of whimsy. It’s a story that reminds us that things aren’t always as they seem, people aren’t always what you judge them to be and faith is more powerful than we often realize. This book leaves me thinking, and I like thinking.
*I received a copy of this book free of charge from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.