I just finished, The Oak Leaves by Maureen Lang. I don't expect much from a book that is "free" (for Kindle). This book had a print version though so I thought it could very well be a good book. I download books when I see them free because not all stay free. This one though, is still free (as of today) if you want to nab it quickly The Oak Leaves. I finished all my books I had purchased on my Kindle app and, though many of the samples sounded good, I didn't have any spending money left this paycheck. Instead of checking the library's digital collection I decided to try one of the free books I had downloaded.
I am not great at writing book reviews because I don't want to give anything away. That means this review will be short. I want to say this book was a book I consider "can't put it down". That means that at 10 pm at night (when my bedtime is 9 pm) I have my eyes propped open trying to see what happens next. The reason I say I "want" to say that is that it is the truth but I am also easy to please and love books so 75% of fiction books I read fall into that category. I still consider this a good book that I recommend though.
This book appealed to me in so many ways. It has a dual setting, modern and historical times and yet blends so well. This is a religious, Christian book but it isn't all about religion. The characters show a wonderful reliance on prayer and faith. There is great classic romance without anything inappropriate, I would feel fine allowing my teen to read this. It also deals with all the aspects of having a child or relative with special needs. "You can't chose your relatives" doesn't just apply to those with special needs. It even touches on genetics. In a surprise twist, there is even a "bad guy". It really is a book you'll "need" to know what happens next.
I would most certainly have purchased this book in paperback to read. Having gotten it for free makes it all the better though.