Book Review: The Shoe Box

Shoe BoxThe Shoe Box by Francine Rivers is a novella about a boy named Timmy who has had to be removed from his home and placed with foster parents. He carries a shoe box with him everywhere he goes, but doesn’t show or tell anyone what’s in it.

Though the situation with his family is hard, his foster parents care for him tenderly.

One day he’s motivated to give his greatest treasure to a special person.

And that’s about all I can say without giving away too much, because this is really more of a short story than a novella. I wish I had known that going in, because the surprise and distraction of being only 50% through the Kindle version yet getting to the end took away from the enjoyment of the story (the rest of the Kindle version was a preview for another book). But it’s a sweet, touching story with beautiful illustrations, interspersed with the author’s family traditions and recipes.

(Sharing with Semicolon‘s Saturday Review of Books and Carole’s Books You Loved)

9 thoughts on “Book Review: The Shoe Box

  1. I think that’s Francine Rivers! 🙂 Although Francena Arnold is one of my very favorite authors! Have you ever read “Not My Will”?

    • Yikes! Thanks for pointing that out – I’ve corrected it. I can’t believe I did that, and missed it after proofreading twice! Yes, I did read Not My Will, once I think in my late teens or early twenties, and once in the last few years – maybe more in-between. One of the best!

      • Francena Arnold is my all-time favorite Christian fiction writer. The sequel to Not My Will, Light in My Window, is equally as good.

      • I have read it several times…first time when I was in 6th grade (which was a while ago 😊). I must read it again!

  2. What a sweet story! Sometimes I like reading a short story, especially if they pack an emotional punch, so I’ll add this to my Christmas TBR list.

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