In the spring of 1857 in northwest Arkansas, Sarah's papa carves her a doll she names PHOEBE (4). Clutched to Sarah's breast, Phoebe makes the slow journey westward with her family's wagon train. The doll passes through many hands over 80 years, each time becoming a symbol and a catalyst for God's grace and mercy. Author Diane Noble weaves the story back and forth between the 1800s and the 1900s to highlight the thread of God's love flowing from life to life. Though this is a sweet read, it is also challenging, requiring close attention to the story to follow the many characters in such a short work. (Sep., 160 pp., $12.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson