Winter Birds
Jamie Langston Turner
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Winter Birds
Jamie Langston Turner
Bethany House
400 pages
September 2006
rated 4 of 5 possible stars
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Distinct, dutiful, Sophia Hess, at the age of eighty, has rarely known the comforts of genuine love in her life. Her professor husband marries her for the convenience of having a typist for his scholarly papers. When he is shot dead by a family member, Sophia, going through his study, discovers an awful, dark, secret that causes her to objectively examine the truth of her marriage and her husband. Although she receives a fortune, she chooses to continue teaching and living life on her own terms.

When the “winter” of life is upon her, she seeks a safe haven with various relatives, She concludes she will live with her nephew Patrick and his wife, Rachel, and bequeath them her fortune for taking her in and caring for her in their home. Sophia observes, from a careful distance, their earnest faith for Christ and the simple gifts of kindness they generously bestow upon her and others, in spite of their own suffering in an unthinkable tragedy. Can Sophia unlock her broken, guarded, heart and embark on a journey into a life filled with love?

Christy Award-winner Jamie Langston Turner is elegantly plain and unbelievably funny in circumstances that could otherwise be quite bland. Her sharp wit in gentle story-telling style causes us to love Aunt Sophia and her thought-life.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Brenda A. Snodgrass, 2006

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