Book Reviews: “Under the Distant Sky” and “A Gathering of Finches”

image Under the Distant Sky by Al & Joana Lacy

This was a “God-fearing” book, full of various circumstances in which the Copper family truly trusted the Lord in almost everything they did. They demonstrated the true meaning of “loving thy neighbor as thyself”, as they left their home town, joined a wagon train, and traveled westward.

Although it was a simple story, there was enough intrigue to keep you interested to the end. It’s a good book for a church or a family library.


In the years following the Civil War, Hannah and Solomon Cooper decide to seek out a new life on the frontier. In the dangerous journey that follows, however, tragedy strikes. By all reasonable expectations they should return home. Yet to the surprise of everyone in the wagon train — and despite great opposition — Hannah presses onward, displaying grit, courage, and a faith deep enough to sustain her family through life’s greatest trials.

You can buy it at Random House.

image A Gathering of Finches by Jane Kirkpatrick

This is a story about a young lady who doesn’t really know who she is, doesn’t like who she is, but does almost nothing to make a change in her life. Though very pretty and gifted, she has a hard time finding ways to give of herself.

Follow this young lady as she discovers that, though you may have it all materially, that doesn’t mean you are content or happy. In the end, does she make peace with God, or is it a life wasted?


Based on historical characters and events, A Gathering of Finches tells the story of a turn-of-the-century Oregon coastal couple and the consequences of their choices, as seen through the eyes of the wife, her sister, and her Indian maid. Along the way, the reader will discover reasons to trust that money and possessions can’t buy happiness or forgiveness, nor permit us to escape the consequences of our choices. The story emphasizes the message that real meaning is found in the relationships we nurture and in living our lives in obedience to God

You can buy it at Random House.

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One Response to Book Reviews: “Under the Distant Sky” and “A Gathering of Finches”

  1. Shirley Green says:

    Do Al & Joana Lacy have a 4th book in Frontier Doctors Trilolgy?

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