A READER'S OPINION
THE CROOKED PATH by Irma Joubert, set in South Africa, is a touching story of love and loss. Lettie Louw is a great character and she is matched well with her husband; their story is sweet and tender. The author is wonderfully descriptive and I was right there in the places and times with the characters. There was a lot about this story I didn't expect, and I liked that, and a few characters I had a hard time connecting with. Except, through the whole story I always liked Lettie. She did so much to change who she was in order to find love, but I wished she could have been loved for who she was rather than what she looked like. She was a character to be admired for her strength and determination.
THE CROOKED PATH has a title that mirrors Lettie's life and a strong cast of characters. The author has written a clean and compelling story set with a combination of time and place I hadn't read before. This is an enjoyable book.
Rating: 4 Stars | Content Rating: 2 Hearts | Reviewed by: Kaylie Morgan
From the bestselling author of The Girl From the Train, comes another compelling coming of age story of delayed love, loss, and reconciliation in WWII-era South Africa.
Lettie has always felt different from and overshadowed by the women around her–this friend is richer, that friend is more beautiful, those friends are closer. Still, she doesn’t let this hold her back. She works hard to apply her mind, trying to compensate for her perceived lack of beauty with diligent academic work and a successful career as a doctor. She learns to treasure her friendships, but she still wonders if any man will ever return her interest.
Marco’s experience in the second world war have robbed him of love and health. When winters in his native Italy prove dangerous to his health even after the war has ended, he moves to South Africa to be with his brother, husband to one of Lettie’s best friends. Marco is Lettie’s first patient, and their relationship grows as she aids him on the road back to restored health.
In the company of beloved characters from The Child of the River, Marco and Lettie find a happiness that neither of them thought possible. With that joy comes pain and loss, but Lettie learns that life—while perhaps a crooked path—is always a journey worth taking.
Genre: Historical Christian Fiction | Pub Date: November 7, 2017 | Page count: 400pp | Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Format Read: E-Book | Source: Provided by the publisher via NetGalley