Wednesday, May 1, 2013

CFBA Review:Past Darkness by:Laurel Woiwode

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Past Darkness
Crossway (April 30, 2013)
Laurel Woiwode


Laurel Woiwode graduated with honors from Jamestown College, earning a Bachelor of Arts in both English and History. She works with ESL students, writes movie reviews at, works on writing and editing projects, and is always ready for outdoor adventures. Laurel grew up in rural North Dakota, has had an avid interest in animals, nature, and literature since childhood, and she is the author of Past Darkness.


Gabrielle Larson is an average, 15 year old girl living in Chicago when tragedy strikes. In the aftermath, she is forced to relocate to rural North Dakota and henceforth spends the next chapter of her life learning to cope with trials involving everything from family to faith. Laurel Woiwode, daughter of critically acclaimed novelist Larry Woiwode, offers here a moving story that will be appreciated by female and male readers alike. Past Darkness is not preachy or heavy-handed, but rather a touching story about the importance of family, the power of music, and the ever-present mercy of God.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Past Darkness, go HERE,

My Review:
 Gabrielle Larson a young 15 year old girl coming from a musical background with both of her parents being musicians has plans to follow in their footsteps. But something terrible transpires that could change the course of her life in more ways than one. She moves to another state to begin a new life with her aunt who lives on a ranch in North Dakota. Still in shock over recent events she finds it hard to move on.

 Gabrielle felt like she was starting to connect with the horses on the ranch. But Aunt Bea gave her a quick reminder of all she lost and this angered Gabrielle and caused the pain to well up all over again. Aunt Bea meaning well never meant to hurt her. The book focuses on this young girls tragedy and how her aunt and uncle try their best with Gods help to ease her pain.

**Disclosure** This book was provided to me at no charge for my honest review from CFBA.