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Come Forth As Gold, by Erica Dansereau

rynicolereads's review

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emotional reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No

4.0

As someone who is not Christian (hi, barely religious Jew here), I can honestly say I never saw myself reading a Christian fiction novel. I want to lead with this because it’s important to note that many of the religious aspects went over my head or didn’t resonate with me; and yet, I was still lost in Dansereau’s story. Her ability to transport you to the middle of the golden Nevada desert and make you fall in love with its simple towns is impressive. Even more impressive is how she writes her characters. I loved watching Claude and Kitty grow up alongside each other, witnessing all of their adventures and challenges firsthand. It was evident how much research and thought went into this debut novel, and although one of the core themes wasn’t for me, the writing absolutely was. Thank you for my advanced reader copy, Erica! 

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cait's review

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adventurous challenging emotional funny hopeful inspiring reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.5

 "I wish I didn’t love you. I wish you loved yourself instead."

Oh, what a ride this story was. We follow Claude "Fly" Fisher as he grows up in post-WWII rural America in a tiny town called Goldfield, Nevada. He has lived his whole life next door to, best friends with, and fully intending to marry his neighbor, Kitty Ralph. Since her mother walked out on her and her father lost himself at the bottom of a bottle, Kitty has been an unofficial member of the Fisher family. Things seem clear. Kitty's life is relatively stable. Fly knows what he wants from his life and what to do to obtain it. The three Fisher boys are about to start attending high school together. Everything is sunshine and roses ... until their lives, already complicated by Jeb Ralph's unstoppable alcoholism, are torn into tatters when his actions have irreversible consequences. In a heartbeat, Fly's world changes and he finds himself without the things that had always meant the most to him: his effortless faith in God, his family's happiness, and Kitty.

In her simultaneously vastly sweeping and intimately contained debut novel, author Erica Dansereau takes us on a years' long journey of grief, growth, healing, and heart. This beautiful story kept me up past my bedtime and has lingered in my mind since finishing it. Erica Dansereau is a stunning new voice in historical romance and, I think, the next Nicholas Sparks. 

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charitys_books_and_tea's review

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emotional inspiring reflective sad medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0

WOW. 

That's my reaction to this entire novel by Erica Dansereau. Wow. 

My goal is to keep my reviews short from now on, so I'll try. I won't mention that the dedication had me in tears, and that the opening verse was just perfect.  

I won't mention that I was IN this story. I was right there, listening to Kitty and Fly talk. I was crying with and for Kitty. And that was only after chapter 1!

I loved watching the characters grow up. You watch them grow from kids to teens to adults to grandparents. You're right there with them through both triumph and tragedy, and everything in between. 

I can't believe this is Erica's debut novel. Her use of language and the descriptions she gives put you right there in the story. I can tell you right now that I WILL own a hard copy of this and any other book she writes. I was blown away. 

*I was given an advanced reader's copy of this book, in order to review. All opinions are mine.*
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