As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth. His disciples asked him “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?”
This is the chapter of John that my husband and I read on the day I started More Than Meets the Eye. Which was an interesting coincidence, because in this story, Eva’s eyes were of different colors and the superstitious people she came into contact with jumped to all kinds of conclusions similar to the ones the disciples and people of Jesus’ day did.
This was a punishment.
This was a sign that she was somehow evil.
As I alluded in my introduction to the review of Highlands, people are often fearful of others who are different from the norm, assuming it means something terrible. Yet, as Jesus pointed out to his followers, the man’s blindness had nothing to do with anyone’s sin. It happened so that “the works of God might be displayed in him.” It could be that the work of God in the life of one who is different is so they can be healed. That is an obvious example. But for some, the work of God could be in the way the person handles being different and being treated in a less than kind manner. Or the work in those who are not ‘different’, as they learn humility and see the beauty of God in all His creation.
More Than Meets the Eye
by Karen Witemeyer
Series: Patchwork Family #1
Published by Bethany House Publishers
Publication Date June 5, 2018
Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction, Western, Mystery, Clean Romance
Setting: Texas Gilded Age – US – 1875 – 1900
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-34
Written for: Adults
Seeking justice against the man who destroyed his family, Logan Fowler arrives in Pecan Gap, Texas, to confront the person responsible. But his quest is derailed when, instead of a hardened criminal, he finds an ordinary man with a sister named Evangeline--an unusual beauty with mismatched eyes and a sweet spirit that he finds utterly captivating.
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Eva is quite possibly my very favorite female character, at least for this year. As I was reading, I kept coming up with more and more descriptions for her. Words like vivacious, feisty, flirty and fun. Like a beautiful bubble wafting on the breeze, casting prisms of light on everything around. Yeah, ouch. Forget I used that one! Let me say that she was so alive and so tender and sweet. Logan began to call her his wood sprite, which is a good way to describe her. I especially appreciated her tender heart and her love for the Lord. She had such compassion for all living things which resulted in her adopting a baby wild boar. Seriously.
Speaking of wild boars (because I was in the last paragraph – speaking of wild boars, that is – re-read it, you’ll see), Hezekiah, Eva’s boar, was the catalyst for the interesting meeting between Eva and Logan. I can’t do justice to it here and don’t want to spoil the surprise. Let’s just say that Logan is such a protector and hero. That scene was so very funny!
Logan had a terrible desire for vengeance. Inconveniently, the man he sought it from was Eva’s brother. How inopportune – falling in love with your enemy’s sister!
Eva’s brothers were such strong and interesting characters. Zach was terrific and I am hoping very much that the next book in this series will give him peace and his happy ending. He is so noble and is the kind of big brother every girl should have—willing to sacrifice just about anything for his sister. He did make his share of mistakes and dealt with feelings of deep remorse and guilt.
Seth suffered from asthma that came close to killing him. He and the others learned how to manage it for the most part and he became the brains of the family.
Combining humor with poignant spiritual truths, author Karen Witemeyer wrote a wonderful story. In addition to Eva and Logan’s story, a mystery pops up in the middle resulting in some interesting adventures for the entire family and a new friend they acquire along the way.
Captivated by this story from the onset, I found myself smiling and marking far more quotes than I can possibly share with you, though I have included a fair number with this post. Feel free to tweet them, post them, pin them and share them in whatever way you like.