Karen Witemeyer’s books are an absolute delight to read. I have thoroughly enjoyed every one of them. Her characters are authentic; her plot lines well thought out and presented. Her settings are described in ways that transport you into the story yourself. Her writing engages your emotions – all of them – and leaves you constantly wanting more.
More Than Meets the Eye is the perfect title for the first book in this new Patchwork Family series. In the pages, beyond the beautiful cover, you will find a treasure of a story. I love this patchwork family and the stories each member represent. The characters are vividly real. Each one bringing their own set of struggles and peculiarities. The personalities found in More Than Meets the Eye are so diverse that you are sure to relate to at least one aspect of one of their characters. In the stories of this patchwork family, there is something for everyone.
The emotions portrayed in More Than Meets the Eye run the gamut, from heartache, grief and anger to love, joy and laughter. I started and ended this book in tears and rode the roller coaster of emotions in between right along with the characters.
Many themes can be found in the pages of More Than Meets the Eye; orphans, family, sacrifice, physical traits, physical limitations and more. This story deals with the heart of man and forgiveness – both God’s and man’s. It demonstrates sin in the lives of the characters, a variety of motivations for that sin and God’s amazing offer of redemption from sin. I found the overall theme to be unconditional love – how we can give it to one another and, most importantly, how God offers it to us.
I love reading Christian fiction because it always draws me nearer to God by teaching me new things, reminding me of things I already know and demonstrating how to live for God. God has used every one of Karen Witemeyer’s books to teach me something. There are too many of these teachable moments in More Than Meets the Eye for me to mention them all here, but I will share one of my favorites.
“‘Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.’
The words of Jesus echoed in his mind, a pointed reminder that it was Logan’s job to live for God, and God’s job to take care of the rest.”
I am already eagerly anticipating the next Patchwork Family novel.