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Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Home on Stoney Creek by Wanda Luttrell

Home on Stoney Creek, book one of the Sarah’s Journey series, was written by Wanda Luttrell and copyrighted in 1995. This Christian historical fiction book was published by Chariot Family Publishing is 204 pages and is for kids ten and up.

Pa decides that Sarah and her family will be moving to the Kentucky wilderness. Sarah does not want to go and when her family comes back in a year he takes her back home to Virginia. In 1775, Miller’s Forks, Virginia, each Moore family member felt they had their own destiny with God. Nate felt sure his destiny was with the freeing of the colonies there in the East and Sarah did too. Pa thought it was in Kentucky with the untouched farmland. Nate goes to fight and Sarah gets to move to Kentucky with the rest of the family. It is a month’s journey on foot and they make it safely. They are able to build a cabin, grow a garden and God keeps them safe despite several encounters with Indians and bears. During the year while Nate is gone, Sarah is always bitter and asks God why she has to live in Kentucky. When Nate comes back, Ma doesn’t want her to leave, but Ma and Pa let her to Virginia with Nate. It took Sarah leaving her family and seeing the house at Miller’s Forks to learn home is not a building, but where her family is.

Wanda Luttrell was raised and still lives on Stoney Creek. She has a husband and five children. Mrs. Luttrell has added a map of Kentucky from 1775 and there is a historical section is the back of the book too. There is a couple of paragraphs about the book in the very front.

This book can teach all readers that a home is where your family is and not the building with its things. On the back of this book courage is stated as the value.

I liked how the Indian’s, Little Captain, medallion kept Ma safe as she was about to be scalped by a group of Indians. The medallion meant that Sarah’s family was good like Daniel Boone. I did not like how Sarah looked down on the first forts that were built in Kentucky. Perhaps if she had not been so bitter she would have seen how hard the people worked on them, not how poor they were.

I would recommend this book to a reader who was interested in learning more about Kentucky and American history during early American Revolution.

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