The Girl Who Could See by Kara Swanson


From the back matter:

All her life Fern has been told she is blind to reality—

          but, what if she is the only one who can truly see?

Fern Johnson is crazy. At least, that’s what the doctors have claimed since her childhood. Now nineteen, and one step away from a psych ward, Fern struggles to survive in bustling Los Angeles. Desperate to appear normal, she represses the young man flickering at the edge of her awareness—a blond warrior only she can see.

Tristan was Fern’s childhood imaginary hero, saving her from monsters under her bed and outside her walls. As she grew up and his secret world continued to bleed into hers, however, it only caused catastrophe. But, when the city is rocked by the unexplainable, Fern is forced to consider the possibility that this young man is not a hallucination after all—and that the creature who decimated his world may be coming for hers.

My Review:

Don’t tell me that people don’t judge a book by its cover–I did, and that is exactly why I had to grab this book in the Realm Makers bookstore this year. I mean, wouldn’t you be intrigued enough by that cover to pick up this book? And the cover isn’t even the best part!

The story is unputdownable—I know that’s not a word, but it is the best way to describe The Girl Who Could See. Once you dive into Fern’s story, you can’t help but want to know more about this “crazy” girl and her crazier world. This may be a novella, but by the time you’re done reading, you feel like you’ve been through a terrifically epic adventure with some extraordinary characters.

Kara Swanson is a writer to keep your eyes on. Do yourself a favor and grab your own beautiful copy of The Girl Who Could See and “see” for yourself. 🙂


Appalachian Serenade by Sarah Loudin Thomas

serenadeAppalachian Serenade is the story of Delilah Morrisey, who has moved from Chicago back home to West Virginia after her husband dies. Her sister’s family has taken her into their home, but Delilah feels the need to do something to help defray the costs of sheltering her and keep herself busy. She finds that the local shopkeeper needs some assistance in his general store…and in his life. Both Delilah and Robert know what they want – love and a family – but they don’t know if God wants them to find it in each other.

Sarah Loudin Thomas’s Appalachian Blessings novella is a delightful story of dreams deferred, of finding the treasures that God has in store for each of us – even when they are in the least likely places. The characters are well-drawn, and the writing is charming, with little morsels of truth sprinkled throughout (such as one of my favorite lines: “Sometimes God gives you strength to do without because, for whatever reason, he knows it’s better for you not to have your heart’s desire.”) A very enjoyable read that will tug at your heart and bring a smile to your lips.

Thanks to Bethany House publishers for pointing out this new author, whose first novel, Miracle in a Dry Season, comes out in August.