Belleville, Illinois and Wyoming Territories, 1861
Born into a life of privilege, fourteen-year-old Belinda never questions her security, even as she leaves Illinois with her family to discover new adventures in the Oregon Territory. But when disaster falls, Belinda is left wounded, weak, and alone. Her faith in God gives her the only strength she knows in a harsh new world.Belinda’s journey takes her to a snow-covered mining camp and a red-roofed brothel in the Wyoming mountains, but not before she must spend a lonely winter with the man who took away the life she knew. Throughout the grief and hope of a strange land, Belinda must decide if her faith is big enough to allow her to forgive.The satisfying conclusion to the Crossroads of Grace series, With Endless Sight offers a rich story of family, new beginnings, and the freedom that grace can bring.
I chose to review this novel since I have been curious to see what's out there in the world of Christian fiction lately. This was about what I expected, but with a few pleasant surprises. Pittman, who grew up watching Gunsmoke's Miss Kitty (the prostitute with a heart of gold), explores this Western archetype in her Crossroads of Grace series, three distinct novels with some overlapping characters. At times, I did feel the plot toyed with convention and cliche and too much romantic goo, I can appreciate her perspective on the emptiness of the women in her tales. And I may read the two previous novels in the series which focus more on women trying to get out of the "profession" they're in. It's the story of everyone--longing for worth and acceptance and only finding it in a Savior.