I'm doing a book review today! I actually read this book last month but haven't gotten around to writing a review for the blog. :P The book for today is....


So, this is cool because the author of this book is a friend! I was part of the blog tour for this book, so it may sound little familiar :)

Here's from the back of the book:
Gemma Ebworthy is eighteen, pregnant, and alone. Now that she's been evicted, she finds herself sleeping in a barn, never dreaming that tomorrow could bring kindness of a life-changing magnitude.

The Martins aren't a typical family—even for rural Kansas. With more kids than can be counted on one hand and a full-time farm, Gemma must make a lot of adjustments to fit in. But despite their many differences, Gemma finds herself drawn to this family and their radical Christian faith.

When Gemma's past collides with her yet again, she must begin revealing her colorful history. With every detail Gemma concedes, she fears she will lose the Martins' trust and the stable environment she desires for herself and her unborn child. Just how far can the Martins' love and God's forgiveness go?

Here's my short Goodreads review:

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Martin Hospitality is a great book with a unique story line. I haven't read very many books from the perspective of a single, pregnant girl. I loved how all the characters developed through the story. Abi does a great job with all the characters, making me sympathetic to almost everyone in his own unique way. She does an amazing job handling Christianity and the subject of pregnancy before marriage; and I really appreciated that. The romance was also really great. It was mushy at all and that was a little bit of a breath of fresh air for me. Not that I don't like mushy stuff, just that that is all that seems to be portrayed in romance these days. I can't wait for the sequel to come out!

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Most of you know that I work at a pregnancy center where many of the girls who come in are pregnant out of wedlock, so I felt I could relate to the family who took Gemma in.
I also loved how Miss Abigail showed the different developments of Gemma and her baby's dad, Travis. These two were on totally opposite sides of the spectrum in how they reacted, and it showed the two responses you can have during a crisis: either turn to God or turn from God.
"There's none of that finding religion stuff for me. I fell out of religion, you fell into it. That's just the way it goes."  ~Travis      "It doesn't have to be." ~Gemma (p. 352)
 And, I wanted to share one more quote from the book that I thought was awesome:
"That's what death does, Gemma thought. It tries to defeat people until all that's left isn't truly living. Just like guilt. 'Don't let it defeat you, Josiah,' she choked out." (p. 348)
 If you'd like to check out Miss Abigail's blog and find out about her other book and other projects she's working on click here.

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