Jamie Blair's novel is a quick, emotionally intense read. Faith's home life is horrifying, and Blair's depiction of her mother quickly creates sympathy for Faith and her plan to save her little sister from the sort of life Faith has had to endure. Blair doesn't sugarcoat the difficulties and challenges of caring for an infant, especially alone, on the run, and without a lot of money. Faith's determination to save her sister and her stoic acknowledgment of the difficulties ahead of her will endear her to the reader, but despite her strength she's grateful when she stumbles upon Chris and his family, who take her in, give her a job, and love her and Addy. Of course, the situation is not simple at all, and Chris's family is still trying to heal after their own tragedy. As the tension between the characters escalates and Faith gets more and more anxious about being charged with kidnapping, Faith realizes that no matter how hard she worked to provide for Addy and find the sort of family she always wished she had, she must be honest about who she is. The ending is rather abrupt, but it leaves the reader with many questions about love, family, and morality to ponder. Leap of Faith is an quick, powerful book about the strength of love, healing, and forgiveness.
Cover Comments: I like the colors of the cover, and the images of the girl(s), however the way they are arranged remind me of that rather unfortunate trend on '80's school pictures where the school photographer would take all of these mug shots of you and your mullet and then superimpose them over each other. You know what I'm talking about, right? Bad memories.
Leap of Faith will be available on September 3rd, 2013.
Digital galley provided by publisher.