June Bug by Chris Fabry is a wonderful story of redemption and fatherly love between a girl and a troubled young man.   It is told from the point of view of the girl, who is about 8 years of age, who has recently discovered that her father is not her father when she discovers her picture on a missing children poster at Walmart.  The two live hand-to-mouth in an RV and over the course of their travels, they meet a kind woman who is terribly kind and even get “camper-jacked.”

There was a point about halfway through the book where I got discouraged and stopped reading for a bit.   I love happy endings and knowing that it was based on Les Miserables (which I haven’t read), it could have not had a happily-ever-after ending.  Fabry did a marvelous job of whetting your appetite for more regarding the circumstances kidnapping of the girl, teasing with flashbacks and partial details.

The author does an excellent job of painting the kindness and love of the man for the girl and he makes me love all the characters — even the bit ones.   They all are multifaceted without spending an inordinate amount of time developing histories on all of them.    The story moves quickly, but is well-developed the whole journey, making it a very enjoyable read.   I recommend it to anyone looking for a heart-warming story.

This book was provided for review by Tyndale Books as part of their Blogger Network Review Program.

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