Follow four American women on a reluctant short-term mission trip to Africa. Each start off with a self-centered agenda, only to discover how God’s agenda overrules.
Beaded Hope is contemporary fiction with a variety of characters, an exotic travel tale, and touching moments.
It wasn’t the weepy cross-cultural sisterhood type of book I was expecting from the cover, nor was it heavy-handed with a hundred and one insights to life and womanhood.
The narrative flowed naturally. The characters grew as the story progressed. The complicated tangle of human relationships and impossible situations were resolved without leaving you feeling, “Huh? Just like that?” the way that it does when endings are abrupt and author-manipulated.
But with Africa for a backdrop, I was hoping for more picturesque descriptions, more interesting cultural nuggets. Instead, the novel stuck to the plot line and doggedly followed its characters till the end.
Overall, still an enjoyable read. The story gave me a renewed appreciation for the triumphant breaking down of barriers and rebuilding of lives. I recommend it to young adult readers who love travel, world-widening encounters, and real women characters–the ones who journey through life with extra baggage, in need of grace.
Thanks to the folks at Tyndale for sending me a complimentary copy of Beaded Hope! It was my pleasure to write my thoughts about it. Click here to read more.