Book Review: Sybil's Repentance by Margaret S. Haycraft
by Joanne Troppello
I read the edition of this book, Sybil’s Repentance by Margaret S. Haycraft that was published by the Christian publisher, White Tree Publishing. This book is an inspirational story that is 233 pages long.
The dialogue and prose are very reminiscent of the historical time period. You feel as if you are right there with the characters.
The book was a bit hard for me to get into at first, but that's because it's slower paced than other books I've been reviewing.
I am used to both reading and writing genre novels in the past tense. This novel is a work of literary fiction and is written in the present tense. So, it took me a bit longer to get used to it.
One line from the book resonated with me: "prays with a new, sweet sense of how strong the Father is, how pitiful even to our mistakes, our hard-heartedness."
This line referred to how the squire felt as he prayed for his young grandson that recently came back into his life. God is always faithful even when we are unfaithful.
When Sybil was eleven and reacted out of fear and sinned, rather than trusted God for the future of her and her family—she felt her heart "dry as dust" when she tried to pray.
I have felt that feeling before when I've strayed from God's path. It's not nice to feel separated from God. However, when I turned back and repented of my sin, it was a joyous moment of communion with the Father again.
Another line in the book that resonated with me was: "Sybil begins to realize that human wisdom may make terrible mistakes in willfully taking upon itself the arrangement of events."
This is so true. As a Christian, I believe God's Word that says His ways are higher than our ways. This was a beautiful story of God's love, grace, and redemption power. I highly recommend it.
About the Book
Sybil Agmere, an orphan, is taken in by a loving mother with four children and a strict grandfather. The mother's brother left the family home in disgrace many years before, never to be mentioned again.
Sybil calls the mother her aunt, and is concerned when the brother reappears. The grandfather changes the inheritance in his will, but Sybil, at the age of eleven, reasons that if she can destroy the latest will, justice will be done. Her aunt will inherit, and all will be well.
As the years go on, as Sybil sits in the family home, she sees that destroying the will is bringing nothing but trouble, yet she cannot admit to what she did. And even if she did admit it, the past could never be changed.
After being persuaded into an engagement with a most unsuitable man, Sybil sees any hope of happiness fade away. Surely it is too late to undo the years of injustice and of wrong. There are wrongs no repentance can set right.
For more information about the author and book, visit the publisher’s website: White Tree Publishing.
About the Reviewer
Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel. She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, SEO and social media, travel and lifestyle, website content, recommendations for apps, and content for blogs. Visit her Amazon Author Page for more information regarding her books. Connect on Twitter. Read more about Mustard Seed Sentinel here.