The most basic truth about me is that I love reading. Books make me happy. The smell of a new book, the sound of crisp pages turning, the places I visit, the people I meet. Reading is, simply, my happy place.
I was excited to have the chance to read the newest and last book in the Anthems of Zion series. The Harvest Raise brings us back to a town that reminds me so much of where I grew up (my home church is even named Zion!) with characters that are memorable and relatable. I care about the people of this town. I laugh with them, I cry with them and I've had more than one dream about them. They, simply, feel like home.
The Harvest Raise is a wonderfully satisfying ending to this trilogy (The House of Living Stone and The Choir Immortal are both great reads as well. Pick them up now why you wait for The Harvest Raise to come out!). In the final book, we see our beloved characters living, learning and loving. We explore what it means to love our neighbor. Just like the citizens of Bradbury, we are sometimes placed in situations we don't understand, but we learn from. I learned, too, as I watched the characters through the pages of this book. I laughed and cried reading this final book, and not for the reasons one might think. I cried because I cared deeply for these characters.
So, I hope you, like me, have time this summer to cozy up with a delicious glass of your favorite beverage and enjoy reading about Bradbury, Zion Lutheran Church, and all the people that live and work there.
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