Ten-year old Kaylee Wren doesn't speak. Not since her drug-addled mother walked away, leaving her in a remote cabin nestled in the towering redwoods-in the care of a man who is as dangerous as he is evil. With silence her only refuge, Kaylee collects words she might never speak from the only memento her mother left behind: a dictionary.
Sierra Dawn is thirty-four, an artist, and alone. She has allowed the shame of her past to silence her present hopes and chooses to bury her pain by trying to control her circumstances. But on the twelfth anniversary of her daughter's death, Sierra's control begins to crumble as the God of her childhood woos her back to Himself.
Brought together by Divine design, Kaylee and Sierra will discover together the healing mercy of the Word-Jesus Christ.
Ranking: 7 out of 10
Ages 18 & up
Keeping quiet is no problem for young Kaylee. Growing up in an abusive home set in the backwoods has taught Kaylee one important thing – words were in her control, and no one could make her speak.
That is, until she comes across thirty-year old Sierra.
Sierra and Kaylee formed an instant connection when Sierra enters the wilderness to mourn her daughter’s death’s twelfth anniversary. Feeling the pressing guilt from causing her daughter’s death, Sierra retreats into the mountains to grieve alone.
Because of the circumstances, the two become companions. Sierra continues to visit Kaylee with the intent of discovering what is going on in Kaylee's life. The silent girl is later rescued and placed in Sierra’s home as her foster child. You will be compelled to continue reading as Kaylee’s mother’s sudden appearance throws confusion into everyone’s life.
Words was a unique story that will keep you reading, curiosity of what will happen to the young girl driving you to the last page. This isn’t exactly a book to curl up with on a cold day, as some may find what happens to the girl disturbing, but it is still a book that one can enjoy. Yttrup did a great job of describing the abusive situations the girl was in without going into unnecessary detail. The content of the book suggests it to be an adult read, as the subject matter is above the average teenager’s level.
Parental discretion is advised.
Look forward to this book’s release on February 1st, 2011!
Thanks go to Christian Review Of Books for sending me a copy to review.