Can love really heal all
things? If Sam Carroll hadn't shown up, she might have been able to get
to her mother in time. Instead, Allie Everly finds herself at a
funeral, mourning the loss of her beloved mother. She is dealt another
blow when, a few hours later, she is sent from Tennessee to Maine to
become the daughter of Miss Beatrice Lovell, a prim woman with a faith
Allie cannot accept. Poetry and letters written to her mother become the
only things keeping Allie's heart from hardening completely. But then
Sam arrives for the summer, and with him comes many confusing emotions,
both toward him and the people around her. As World War II looms, Allie
will be forced to decide whether hanging on to the past is worth losing
her chance to be loved.
Before I get to the review, I have to compliment Rachel for getting
published! This is such an accomplishment. I eagerly wait what else you'll
Now for the review: Interrupted is set in the early nineteen-forties.
Rachel did a fantastic job researching things in that time period from the
ice-box to jukeboxes and gramophones. She also weaved the Second World War into
the storyline to add the right amount of tension.
Our main character in this story is Alcyone (or as she likes to be called, Allie)
Everly. The book begins with Allie at a mere age of thirteen and comes to a
close when she is nineteen. Her mama is very sick and her memory comes and
goes. This leaves Allie trying to help her remember and get better. Rachel
throws in several sweet scenes with Allie and her mother and their neighbor Sam
Carroll, but more about him later. Within a few chapters, we discover her
mother suffers from a cancerous brain tumor and that she won't get better. I
have lost a loved one to cancer when I was very young so I felt I could relate
to Allie's many feelings when her mother passed away. After her mother's
funeral, Allie was adopted by Beatrice Lovell.
To my great pleasure, I now get to introduce you to Sam Carroll, who in my
humble opinion is just awesome. He has his flaws but he has a good heart. He
would follow Allie around, tease her, and make her laugh. He's quite endearing
and it's quite clear he has a crush on Allie.
Allie was raised to believe (though she questions it) that Heaven doesn't exist
and that Christians will "make you believe they care" when they
really don't. This is where Beatrice truly shows Allie, through her actions,
the love of God. I think Rachel handled Allie's "come-to-Jesus"
moment and everything coming up to that point fairly well. It felt different to
read about a character who didn't believe. A good kind of different.
This book had me wanting to know how events played out, if my questions would
be answered, and so on. I wasn't disappointed. I felt like over the course of
the book we really got see Allie grow into the young woman God wanted her to
Congratulations again, Rachel!
I received this book from the publisher in return for an honest review,
which I have done.
Interested? You can purchase the book here!
Check back tomorrow for an interview with the author, Rachel Coker! :-)