Monday, August 4, 2014

The Sign Painter by Davis Bunn

About the Book:

A deeply emotive story about a young mother struggling to get back on her feet after a devastating loss leaves both her and her daughter alone and living on the street—from bestselling and award-winning author Davis Bunn.

Amy Dowell had always considered herself a very good mother. But when she loses her husband to illness and her home to debt, she finds herself and her young daughter, Kimberly, living on the streets as she struggles to find a job that will get them back on their feet again.

When Amy meets Lucy Watts, the pastor in charge of the church program that fed Amy and Kimberly their latest meal, Lucy sets them up in temporary housing and gives her a lead on a job painting signs for a local auto dealership—but Amy is hesitant to let go and trust. Is this finally a legitimate break? Can Amy subject herself to the possibility of disappointment and hurt by hoping again?

Inspired by the true story, The Sign Painter is a tale of desperation, taking chances, and ultimately redemption. This heartwarming novel blends mystery, romance, and characters you’ll root for, will leave you wondering–Is home really where the heart is?

My Thoughts:

The description of "The Sign Painter" calls it 'a deeply emotive story'.  No offense, but talk about an understatement!  I haven't cried this much reading since I read my first Karen Kingsbury novel!  Powerful, potent, and deep: three words I'd use to describe one of the shortest novels Davis Bunn has crafted.

You will quickly fall in love with Amy and her daughter Kimmie.  Every page you'll turn, you will be cheering her on as she works hard to give her precious little girl a better life.  I've never been homeless, but it has loomed over our family more than once, and that was enough to set me back emotionally.

I can't begin to imagine what a homeless family endures, and I've learned not to be so quick to judge, taught by many homeless men and women I've encountered.  This will set any misconceptions you might have to rest if you'll allow it to.

I adored Lucy; she became a hero very fast.  And then Paul, and Granville and Bob....all heroes in the story.  There's more to Bob than you'll first think.  But that's all I'm sharing, because I want this gem to be a surprise for you, as it was for me.

My thanks to my friends at Howard Publishing for the chance to read this one, in exchange for an honest review.  Honestly, I cannot recommend this one highly enough.  Put it on your shelf quickly and pass it on!  Oh, releases August 5th...but mark your calendars!

Happy Reading!



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