How the Light Gets In by Jolina Petersheim


“He wants every part of you, Ruth. There’s nothing in you that isn’t beautiful to him.”

“Even in your anger your pain, he loves you. Even then He finds you worth of love.”

How the Light Gets In, by Jolina Petersheim, is a story of a young mother who’s husband and father-in-law were killed in a bombing while working overseas for Physicians International. When her mother-in-law wants to have them both buried in her Wisconsin Mennonite community, Ruth flies from her mother’s home in Ireland with her two young daughters. She has no income and is forced to live with her mother-in-law at her husband’s cousin’s cranberry farm, where she works for him with the harvest.

Ruth’s marriage was in trouble before her husband left for his last mission trip. He is kept busy treating children while she is left alone at home raising their daughters giving up her dreams of writing. Elam has offered his hunting cabin to Ruth to spend time alone to write. While writing, Ruth imagines how her life may have been different.

This is an emotionally charged story that will stay with you after finishing it. The story is so well written it is easy to imagine the pain Ruth felt not just with the death of her husband but also the struggles she had with their troubled marriage and a young daughter struggling with the loss of her father. While this story is a modern day fictional retelling the the story of Ruth in the Bible, there are differences. Just when I thought there was going to be a positive future for Ruth the story takes a couple drastic turns.

I received a copy of this book from the author as part of the Street Team. This is my honest review.

364 pages

ISBN: 9781496402233

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