Good morning and welcome to a surprise edition of In the Books, featuring Across the Fields by Bethanie Armstrong. (Gotta keep you guys on your toes. :) )
The story begins following a young woman named Cami Crenshaw. Cami is the type of person we’d love to meet. Sweet, kind, and generous are some of the wonderful qualities about her, but there’s something more beneath the surface. Following her father striking her, her mother send her, her sister, and brother to a farm called Heaven on Earth, where her oldest brother has become their legal guardian. Everything on the farm seems perfect, like a true paradise except for a young man, Jace Masters. Jace is troubled by something from his past and Cami is the only one able to help him.
Seeing the Masters and Jace through Cami’s eyes adds a tremendous amount of depth to the overall story and answers some questions the first book may have skipped. That’s to be expected with a sequel and as a companion piece, it fills in any gaps or questions left over from the first book.
(You can find my review of By Morning’s Light here.)
One of the most difficult things about doing a sequel is keeping the characters and their characteristics straight. It’s even more problematic when retelling a previous story but from another character’s point of view and I’m happy to say the author did a wonderful job of all the above. You feel Cami’s suffering as well as her triumphs and it was fun to see things resolved through her eyes.
I’m definitely looking forward to the next book in the series and recommend this to anyone interested in reading about angels and family tales.