FICTION

A Piece of the Moon

Tyndale House. Apr. 2021. 400p. ISBN 9781496443441. $25.99; pap. ISBN 9781496443458. $15.99. CF
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Waite Evers oversees an eccentric cast of misfits at a dilapidated 1980s country music radio station in West Virginia’s Hill Country. The main news of the day is a local legend about Gideon Quidley’s treasure, supposedly worth enough to lift the whole town of Emmaus out of poverty. The unconventional Quidley hid the windfall in a replica of the Ark of the Covenant, which he then concealed somewhere in the mountains. In an effort to spark religious revival, Quidley left a series of Bible verse clues for the community, but when a local pastor is gravely injured searching for the gold, the radio crew feels responsible for feeding the treasure madness. Waite and his friends decide to solve the mystery to heal the division in their small town.
VERDICT Every title by Fabry (Borders of the Heart) draws readers into the story with clear, honest writing in a similar style to Charles Martin and Lynn Austin. The rural South comes to life, with themes of forgiveness and second chances as highlights. The characters are both deeply flawed and immensely relatable, making this another hit for Fabry.
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