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Title: Caleb’s Story by Patricia MacLachlan
Notable: Book #3 in the Sarah, Plain and Tall series
Anna has now left home to finish school and work in town. It is Caleb’s turn to write in the family journal and the new topic is the appearance of a mysterious stranger named John. When the family finds out who he really is, it causes some major consternation and Jacob must learn to forgive if their family is to survive.
The third book in the series is right in line with the previous two in terms of style and subject matter. In this volume we get to see Cassie (the youngest daughter) as a young girl and Caleb has taken on a much more mature role in the family. I loved the part that he had to play in teaching John a new skill. Seriously, if I tell you want it is, I’ll spoil the book for you.
The same overarching theme of family is explored in this book, with the emphasis being on forgiveness and fresh starts. I still don’t know how MacLachlan does it, but she packs very moving stories into small packages. Bravo!
I recommend Caleb’s Story to young people who enjoy stories about early American settlers.
Rating: 4 Stars
Until next time…
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