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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite
A Father’s Love is a Christian fiction by Jessica Beaver. Samuel Ford is a widower, homeless, unemployed, and struggling to raise two precious children under harsh conditions in 1846. Desperate to provide food and shelter for his children, he resorts to stealing. Samuel’s thievery ends when he kills Farmer Darnell’s bull. Darnell, a man of strong Christian principles, sees how distressed Samuel is and offers him a job and a home. Samuel is grateful, although he distrusts the farmer’s kindness. The Fords are happier yet something in Samuel’s crime-plagued past constantly worries him and he refuses to speak about it. Darnell encourages Samuel to have faith, but the widower doesn’t believe a crime he committed can be forgiven, making the ultimate sacrifice when his past catches up.
A Father’s Love is an engaging Christian story about a destitute man who will take dangerous risks for his children’s survival during an era when life was extremely hard for many. I could sense the pain and guilt Samuel felt for not being a better provider for his children whom he cherished. His actions appear real since parents often make sacrifices for their children. Jessica Beaver’s attempts to emphasize the importance of love, family and faith are successful. There are several lessons about faith, forgiveness, and trust that interested me. Her writing is clear, compassionate, and offers inspiration to those who read it. A Father’s Love is the perfect title for this lovely story which I liked very much. It is highly recommended.