I am so happy I had the opportunity to read and review Alone Yet Not Alone by Tracy Leininger Craven. Not only is it an action packed book it is also based on a true story and it's faith-based. It is based on the Penn's Creek Massacre during the French and Indian War. The story is situated in the Mountains of Pennsylvania and follows the life of the Leininger family. After coming to America from Germany and facing many trials along the way they find a peaceful homestead along Penn's Creek and purchase land from the Indians. In the fall of 1755 their lives were rich with blessings and full of hope. Little did they know that was all about to change and their lives would forever be altered.
Twelve year old Barbara and her younger sister Regina were left in charge of the household chores while Mother and their oldest brother John went to town (a full days journey) to grind the corn from their harvest into grain. Father and their other brother Christian were in the barn and fields working all morning and came in for their noon meal that the girls had prepared. Father was a Godly man and read the Bible to his family every night and Mother would sing hymns. Father and Christian sat down to their meal and the girls joined them. The door burst open and two Indian braves rushed inside. With broken English they started to demand whiskey and tobacco. Father sent the girls to the creek to get fresh water for their guests.
The girls would never see their father or brother again. The Indians destroyed their home and took the girls captive. The story follows Barbara on her journey. The Indians raided all of the homes along Penn's Creek and took the women and children captive. They divided them up among the different tribes. Barbara was sent with an Indian brave named Galasko who was more kind than the others. Regina was sent to live with a harsh Indian named Mininka in another village. Barbara's Indian name was Susquehanna which means white lily.
Barbara was kept in Galasko's village for over three years. He wanted to marry her but she wanted to go home to her mother and brother and hopefully her sister. With a few other captives they planned their escape. That is all of the story I will give away. Throughout the whole book God's faithfulness and love for the Leininger family is very present. Barbara prays often to God and asks for help. She makes Regina promise to never forget who God is and his love for her. The book is titles Alone Yet Not Alone after the German hymn by the same name. Mother would sing it often in the evenings when the girls were in bed. This read very much like a Little House On The Prairie book. There is much more action but the background of it is very similar. If you like the LHOTP books you will definitely love this one. I plan to keep it so that all three of my boys can read it when they are old enough. It is full of rich history and compelling storylines.
It reminded me many times of the Israelites wondering the in the wilderness for 40 years. God had them go through those trials to test their faithfulness to him. I could not put this book down. This brings me to my next point. They are making it into a movie due out on September 27, 2013. I cannot wait for it to come out. I will be going to see it.
Here is the trailer for the movie:
There is also a facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/aloneyetnotalone
The website is: http://www.aloneyetnotalone.com
I do hope you will go out and purchase this book. It is targeted toward middle to high school but I will say I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and read it in 4 days (about an hour each night). It would make a very good read aloud for older children.
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