Book Review | The Fire in Ember

Title: The Fire in Ember: A Novel

Author: DiAnn Mills

My Review:

On the run from her abusive siblings, Bert discovers what a warm and loving family can be like when she is taken in by Deputy John Timmons and his family. Though John is deeply attracted to her, he holds back because Bert is keeping secrets from him. Is she lying about not having stolen the rancher’s horse? John begins to think the worst of her when murderers and thieves invade their Colorado territory.

Bert wants nothing more than to be accepted by John Timmons and his family, finding in Leah Timmons the mother she never had the chance to have. But if she cannot come to terms with her past and trust in God’s plan for her life, she will lose everything.

The Fire in Ember by DiAnn Mills interested me because it is historical fiction and I was attracted to the love story between Bert/Ember and John Timmons, not because it is also considered Christian fiction. I was raised in a Christian household, but I did not at all like how relationships with God were presented in The Fire in Ember. Christian church-goers seemed to look down on others who did not have a relationship with God, and were not trusted as easily, and those who did go to church were instantly given the benefit of the doubt.

Ember’s relationship with God was very quickly developed; in reality, I think that a person who has never heard of God and church before would not be that quick to accept God in his or her life.

The Fire in Ember just did not sit well with me. The historical fiction aspects of the story were interesting, but the romance between Ember and John wasn’t as good as I had hoped, and I did not like how religion was discussed in this book. For me, a relationship with God is a very personal thing, and I felt that religion and God were shoved onto Ember and that she never really got to make up her own mind about it.

*I received a copy of this book to review but I was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my observations while reading this novel.*


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