Though I usually post my Tyndale House reviews at Wildflower Thinking, this book was written for the people I meet here. If you are an Army wife or pastor's wife or in a position where you move a lot, and if you have a tween or teenage daughter, this book, the first in a series, was written for her. Other girls will enjoy it, too—I have no doubt. But this book's message is especially encouraging to girls faced with trying to find their place in strange places.
Fifteen-year-old Savannah Smith has just moved from Seattle, Washington to a suburb of London with her family. She misses old friends and is struggling to make new ones. She is learning how a whole new culture works and is often confused. She wants a really good friend, a guy who likes her for herself, a way to help others, a ministry, and a Wexburg Academy Times pen—the status symbol that shows the world she's a true reporter at last.
Sandra Byrd's storyline is a lot of fun, her characters and what they face are real, and her description of what it's like to be an American living in England is spot on. (I suspect she's been there and done that.) Savvy's family isn't perfect, but they are loving and supportive even as they struggle with their own challenges. Savannah, herself, is concerned with fashion and friends and fitting in, but she also wants to be true to herself and to God. She learns to pay attention to what's happening around her, to make wise and trusting choices, and to put the needs of others before her own, trusting God to teach her and show her His way. I enjoyed and recommend this book. Thank you Tyndale House for providing a complimentary copy for my review.