The Sis­ters of Su­gar­creek

Cathy Liggett

Foreword Reviews - - Reviews Adult Fiction - MELISSA WUSKE

Tyn­dale House Soft­cover $14.99 (400pp) 978-1-4964-0489-3

A heart­warm­ing story of faith and friend­ship in un­likely places, this novel of­fers a wel­come mes­sage of hope in a di­vided world.

Cathy Liggett’s The Sis­ters of Su­gar­creek shows that hope can rise from the ashes of loss.

In the clas­sic mid­west­ern town of Su­gar­creek, Ohio, the Faith Com­mu­nity Church has just burned down. Ly­dia, Jes­sica, and Liz are all af­fected by the tragedy. Ly­dia, an Amish woman, loses her hus­band, and Liz and Jes­sica lose Rose, Liz’s friend and Jes­sica’s aunt. Each woman is chal­lenged by her unique cir­cum­stances and grief, and each seeks faith and hope in the midst of her pain. Liz and Jes­sica de­cide to use sew­ing in honor of Rose, who owned a sew­ing and knit­ting store, to show care for Ly­dia.

The story shows how women can forge mean­ing­ful, heal­ing friend­ships de­spite their dif­fer­ences. The women’s care for each other is shown to have the power to up­lift oth­ers as well, even in the tough­est times.

The writ­ing achieves a sim­ple, el­e­gant bal­ance of di­a­logue, nar­ra­tion, and ex­po­si­tion. The pace is steady and moves smoothly for­ward, in­vest­ing just the right depth in each mo­ment. The book con­veys unas­sum­ing faith with its Bi­ble verses and Amish proverbs, and fo­cuses on the love that unites peo­ple of faith rather than pre­sent­ing a sin­gu­lar ex­pres­sion of any par­tic­u­lar faith tra­di­tion. The look in­side Amish life is in­trigu­ing.

The story, with its warm and pos­i­tive tones, will par­tic­u­larly ap­peal to Christian read­ers, es­pe­cially those who’ve lived through the loss of a loved one, or who are drawn to en­cour­age oth­ers who are suf­fer­ing. Dis­cus­sion ques­tions at the end of the book will help in­di­vid­u­als and groups to live out the beauty and hope of the story.

The Sis­ters of Su­gar­creek is a heart­warm­ing story of faith and friend­ship in un­likely places, and a wel­come mes­sage of hope in a di­vided world.

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