This was a book that once I started, and got into the gist of it, all I wanted was to find out the rest of the story and finish it. To be honest, the first chapter almost made me totally skip reading it, but fortunately, I went past it and delved into the next few chapters. From there, I was hooked. At the end of the book, I understood then the purpose of the first chapter. But at the time, it distracted me from reading.
Essentially the story is of Bridie, also known as Mary. She’s been drawn into the meth business, but finds that she wants out. Eventually she makes her break, and over a series of experiences, finds herself working as a nanny in the home of a pastor who is having difficulties with his church. It goes on to talk about the struggles he is facing, along with the death of his wife and problematic children. There were some areas that made me wonder, such as Bridie given full rein to basically redo the house, but I opted to ignore that, knowing it was for the best of the children.
The story of Bridie captivated me. And then how she was slowly able to draw in Samantha. It wasn’t your typical religious fiction book, it was better. It had depth.
The only part that threw me off was the Presbyterian talk. I’m not affiliated with the faith, so it almost felt as though I was reading a denominational book fiction book for their members. However, despite that, I was able to get around it and thoroughly enjoy the book.
I’d recommend giving it a try. You might be pleasantly surprised.