Reviewed by Martha Artyomenko
When Vada was 8, her mother left. She never saw her again. The trauma of losing her mother, growing up overnight and becoming a mother to her three younger sisters was a big responsibility. One of her sisters, Althea, does not speak since her mother left, the trauma left her speechless, adding more burdens on to Vada.
Her dream of being a musician herself has faded into being a errand girl for an orchestra, spending time with her special friend, Garrison and tending to her three siblings and father, a doctor.
When the baseball team “The Bridegrooms” come to town and a man is knocked unconscious by a stray ball, the house is filled with visitors and much emotional stress to many in the household. Temptations, intrigue’s, and mystery surround the team and the man laying still in their room upstairs.
Each of these sister’s and their father are all coping with a similar pain, but can they band together to deal with it? Will temptations for the unknown tempt them like their mother? What secret’s does a mysterious visitor have about their mother?
This book is filled with much history of an early baseball team. I am not a big sports fan, so could have lived without that and seen them explain a bit about why her sister didn’t talk, why Vada never was a musician, or other things. But this book is very different than the general mainstream Christian fiction. It deals with temptation, guilt and what happens to those who give in. It was very interesting with poems by the silent sister woven throughout. I wished the book had explained more, but overall, really enjoyed the story. -Martha