Berta Berdette has never been
able to get over her resentment of her beautiful younger sister with the
"charmed" life and handsome husband. All-or-nothing negative Berta
is so angry that she wasn't born beautiful too, that she refuses to even
try to be "just pretty", shunning lovely hairstyles and clothing and
dressing in the primmest, plainest manner possible.
But God ultimately shows Berta that her attempts to spite the people around her hurt no
one more than herself, and helps her to open her heart to love: His, hers, and that of a good man.
worked for me:
story starts early in Berta's life, and the deft description of a young
child adjusting to a new baby was excellent and right on target.
I always enjoy stories
which invoke warm memories of some of my favorite childhood reads like the
"Little House" and "Anne of Green Gables" series.
Size-wise there are no
descriptions given to Berta or her sister. We only know that one is
"plain" and the other is "lovely".
What didn't work for me:
I understand what the moral of the story is, but it seems like
this book just hammered it home a few times too many. Berta's bitterness and self-pity became harder and harder to take as the
years rolled by.
Fans of Western Historical Christian novels should enjoy this one.
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