The Calling of Ella McFarland (Kindle Edition)
I first heard about The Calling of Ella McFarland by Linda Brooks Davis at the ACFW CONFERENCE in Nashville, Tennessee this past August when Mrs. Davis won the Best Debut Novel of 2016. I purchased a Kindle copy and read it in two days.
The Calling of Ella McFarland follows the transformation of the main character. From her aspiration to become a teacher, her desire to help the less fortunate, and finally to finding her life’s calling, the reader is held spell bound through to the very end. Set against the backdrop of the Oklahoma Territory just before becoming a State, throw in the Temperance Movement and Women’s Right to Vote, a faith crisis, then add in the man of her dreams, and the story of Ella McFarland leaps to life.
Suffice it to say, this good book tells a well-written story. It's a bit edgy for some Christian market readers, but never becomes sexually explicit. It does graphically describe the aftermath of physical and alcohol abuse. It's a tale that remained true to the area and history. This reviewer loved The Calling of Ella McFarland by Linda Brooks Davis.