Book Review: Whither Shall I Go by Gina Holder

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Book Review: Whither Shall I Go by Gina Holder
Title: Whither Shall I Go?
Author: Gina Holder
Published by Independently published
Date Published:2 August, 2017
Pages: 284
Genres: Christian Fiction, Romance, Historical
Format: Paperback
Source: Author
Purchase: Amazon
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“I miss him too, Bitty, but God knows best. Someday you’ll see.” If only I could believe that…

In 1911, Ellie Williams struggles to see God’s hand in her life when she loses both parents and is sent to live with her wealthy, estranged aunt, who transforms her from awkward country bumpkin to socialite heiress. Six years later, she meets a young preacher and finds hope as they serve the Lord together.

Robert Hampton is deeply devoted to God and desires to take the gospel to the unreached natives of Brazil. He didn’t expect to fall in love. When he is drafted, Robert is torn between his duty as a soldier and his budding affections for Ellie. Will Robert survive the trenches? Will he lose the only woman he’s ever loved?

Ellie's journey takes her from her home in Cades Cove, Tennessee, to the concrete jungle of New York City, and finally to the harsh unforgiving world of the Amazon River Basin, where she meets Paul, a doctor who's lost his way, and Jack, a soldier with amnesia. Encountering anacondas, jaguars, and an antagonistic shaman, will Ellie give in to the fears that threaten to overwhelm her?

Or can she depend on God’s grace to bring about His will for her life?

Whither Shall I Go? combines compelling characters, sweet romance, vivid setting, and historical details in this emotionally-charged story of one woman's struggle to surrender to God's plan and allow His grace to work in her life. Can life take her anywhere that his hand does not lead and his presence cannot be found?

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Author and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.

I am torn with this review. On one hand, I enjoyed reading the book, but on the other, it was not my favorite book, despite enjoying it. How can I say that, you ask? Well, a book I can enjoy AND have on my favorites list is one that will grab me and emotionally move me in every way. This one didn’t do that. I enjoyed the story, but it didn’t emotionally move me in every way. I was lacking the full roller coaster ride, in other words.

That said, Ellie, Robert, Paul and Jack and all the characters that Holder throws in to the mix of the story, are great characters. The story is told in multiple POV’s and sometimes left me back pedaling to previous pages to make sure I was keeping up, but the characters all fit in to the story good. I enjoyed the attention to historical detail that Holder wove into the story, also.

If you want a romantic, God filled story, then I recommend you read Holder’s Whither Shall I Go. It’s a 3.5 star worthy book and I will be sharing it with others who enjoy historical romance novels. I look forward to another book by this author in the future!

About Gina Holder

Gina Holder completed the Long Ridge Writer’s Group “Breaking into Print” course and graduated from Faith Bible Institute in the early 2000s. It’s been her dream since her teen years to be a published author.

In August 2017, she finally made her dream a reality when she published her first novel, Whither Shall I Go, a historical missionary romance. She is active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Goodreads.

She lives in Colorado with her husband and daughter. When she’s not working on her next novel, she enjoys reading Christian fiction, watching movies, singing in choir at church, and playing the piano and organ. Gina is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers).

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