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Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Book Review - "My Sister Dilly" by Maureen Lang

Book Description
Hannah Williams couldn't get out of her small town fast enough, preferring the faster pace, trendy lifestyle and beauty of California's Pacific Ocean coast. Only when her younger sister Dilly, makes a desperate choice and commits the unthinkable, does Hannah realize she never should have left her behind in rural Illinois. Hannah returns home to make up for letting Dilly down, leaving the one man she's ever loved in California. But Dilly is a changed woman, and when Hannah's plans don't go as expected, the bonds of sisterhood are tested like never before.

Book Review
This book was touching and moving. I love the fact that it was told from both Hannah's and Dilly's point of views. It's also in first person. The impact of this story really hits home as to how we view and treat prisoners and former prisoners. Do we really believe in a system of reform with rehabilitation and forgiveness?

When Dilly is released, she is a changed person, a Christian with a new education. But because of her past, she can't find work. Hannah wants to take care of her younger sister, a woman who wants to try and stand on her own two feet and prove to the world how much God has changed her.

The conflict is great and realistic. This book deals with some serious issues that many people want to sweep under the rug and pretend they don't exist. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The pacing was fast, the writing easy to read and well-written, and it is a unique story--one that we don't see too often. I definitely recommend this book.

About the Author

Maureen Lang is the winner of several writing awards, including the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart Award and American Christian Fiction Writers’ Noble Theme award. She resides in the State of Illinois along with her husband, Neil, and their three children.
Find out more about the author and her other books, visit her website at:


Hi, Jennifer,

Thanks for the wonderful review of Dilly! Glad you enjoyed the story.

Hi Maureen & Jen -

This sounds like a great book. I'm friends of a ministry called, "God's Treasure House." It's a transitional living facility for Christian women coming out of prison. I've seen their struggles firsthand.

I hope this book helps others understand the need to encourage and nurture those, who so desperately need a second chance at life.

Susan :)