Item description for Speak Through the Wind (Crossroads of Grace) by Allison K. Pittman...
Overview What could Kassandra possibly learn in Wyoming Territory that life's cruelties haven't already taught her? She has strayed long and far--certainly past the point of even God's love.
Publishers Description After a lifetime of mistakes...can Kassandra ever be forgiven? "New York City, 1841 " When Reverend Joseph plucks a gravely wounded child from the mean streets of Manhattan's rough Five Points District, he intends to give her a real home. And though Kassandra flourishes in the preacher's house, learning Bible verses at his knee and going to school, as a young teenager she makes the first of many devastating decisions, running away from the only haven she's ever known. What follows is a waking nightmare: life in a tiny room above a brothel, the loss of a child, a lover's rejection, and finally, life as a prostitute. As circumstances lead her further and further from the reverend's secure home, an ashamed Kassandra is certain that neither God, nor Joseph, will ever forgive her. Feeling as though she has nothing left to lose and nowhere to go, Kassandra leaves behind her hopes of redemption and heads west to California, where she is transformed into the woman known as Sadie. Unfortunately, nothing in her life is pointing to a happy ending, and Sadie is forced to grapple with the question: "Once you've passed the point of no return, can you ever go back? "
Citations And Professional Reviews Speak Through the Wind (Crossroads of Grace) by Allison K. Pittman has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Romantic Times - 04/01/2007 page 77
CBA Retailers - 04/01/2007 page 38
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Studio: Multnomah Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.54" Height: 1" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Apr 17, 2007
Publisher Multnomah Books
Series Crossroads Of Grace
Series Number 2
ISBN 1590526252 ISBN13 9781590526255
Availability 0 units.
More About Allison K. Pittman
Allison Pittman is a former English teacher in Texas. In 2005, she was awarded the Harvard Prize Book in recognition of her teaching excellence. She also serves as the leader for her church s Theater Arts Group, writing and directing worship drama. Whenever possible, Allison enjoys going on dates with her husband of seventeen years, Mike, or just hanging out with their three sons which usually means spending a lot of time at soccer fields and baseball diamonds."
Reviews - What do customers think about Speak Through the Wind (Crossroads of Grace)?
Great Story! Apr 27, 2008
With the second book in the CROSSROADS OF GRACE series, Allison Pittman has again crafted a story of God's grace and redemption. Taking place in the 1800's of New York and San Francisco, SPEAK THROUGH THE WIND follows the life of the orphaned Kassandra as she struggles with a sense of belonging. Raised by the compassionate Reverend Joseph, Kassandra is made to believe her presence in his house is not being looked upon favorably by those in his congregation. So, she decides to steel away with Ben, a delivery boy who promises to take care of her. This starts her spiral into an unplanned pregnancy, rejection from Ben, prostitution, and a life that is filled with tragedy.
I enjoyed SPEAK THROUGH THE WIND as much as TEN THOUSAND CHARMS. Though at times I wondered how much tragedy one tired soul could endure, SPEAK THROUGH THE WIND is truly a story of redemption and unconditional love.
Not uplifting at all! Nov 14, 2007
If you don't find child rape, prostitution, and abortion uplifting, do not buy this book. I wish I hadn't!
Loved this one too! Sep 13, 2007
This book is a page turner from the beginning. I read it in 2 days, just couldn't put it down as the story of a young girl rescued off the streets and raised in the home of a loving and godly pastor makes the choice to leave and follow a charming young man into a life of sin and poverty. We have all had times in our life when our choices were less than godly and faced the consequences of those choices. Your heart will break for Kassandra (the main character) as she faces many consequences of her poor choices. The story line ends a bit quicker than I had hoped, I needed more closure on her ending but am hoping to have my questions answered in Pittman's 3rd book. Overall an exciting and heart pumping read!!
Grips the heart Jul 14, 2007
A child of the streets, and abandoned by her mother, Kassandra is barely getting by. When she is struck down by a carriage driven by the Reverend Joseph Hartmann, it is the beginning of a new life for her. He takes her into his home and treats her like a daughter. For the first time, she has a safe, warm place to sleep and plenty to eat. Then she meets red-haired Ben Connor, full of mischief and talking to her of love. He persuades her to move in with him, and from that day on she is caught in a devasting downward spiral, until she is sure God will never forgive her.
Set in Five Points District of Manhattan in 1841, this is a riveting story of one woman whose life is a series of mistakes and bad decisions, until she turns back to God for the love and forgiveness she so badly needs. Beautifully written, with compelling characters and a strong message of faith, this is a book you will remember long after you finish reading the last page.
Even better than the first! May 18, 2007
"Speak Through the Wind", is an utterly fantastic novel, from start to finish. I very rarely give out a rating of five stars, but I don't hesitate for a second to give Allison Pittman's second novel all of the credit that it deserves!
While her first novel, "Ten Thousand Charms", was an enjoyable book that I passed on to others, I still wondered what Pittman could possibly write about 1800's prostitutes in the West in her second book that wouldn't be repetitive. However, I was completely shocked when from the first page, I was hooked on Kassandra and her colorful story. I was delighted to find that Pittman didn't shy away from subject matter that is usually taboo in Christian novels - she told her main character's story so vividly and realistically, not skirting the issues any more than necessary, that there was no way you couldn't fall in love with Kassandra. Pittman's characters were multi-dimensional, with REAL sins, and lived lives that could have ACTUALLY happened, unlike the characters in most Christian novels who seem to live softened, dumbed-down versions of what life is really like. I cried with heartfelt anguish, and rejoiced at Kassandra's triumphs; I identified with her rationalizations of sin and running from God, and I saw a little of myself in her. The novel reads like an epic movie, touches your heart like a classic, and can move your soul in way that can only be orchestrated by God.
My only complaint was that it seemed to wrap up rather quickly. The resolution to Kassandra's story came about rather abruptly, although I suppose it had been brewing for most of the novel. I wanted the story to go on forever, and I wanted those last couple of chapters to draw on longer, so I could better savor the ending! "Speak Through the Wind" is one of the BEST books I have read in a very long time, and possibly one of the best books I have EVER read.