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The names they gave us by Emery Lord

Lucy Hansson was ready for a perfect summer with her boyfriend, working at her childhood Bible camp on the lake. But when her mom’s cancer reappears, Lucy falters—in faith, in love, and in her ability to cope. When her boyfriend “pauses” their relationship and her summer job switches to a different camp—one for troubled kids—Lucy isn’t sure how much more she can handle. Attempting to accept a new normal, Lucy slowly regains footing among her vibrant, diverse coworkers, Sundays with her mom, and a crush on a fellow counselor. But when long-hidden family secrets emerge, can Lucy set aside her problems and discover what grace really means?

Emotionally-charged and unforgettable, Emery Lord’s storytelling shines with the promise of new love and true friendship, even in the face of life’s biggest challenges.

A real mixed bag for me for a variety of reasons.

I love Emery Lord's books as a rule. I like her writing style and the emotion she gets through her books and this was not exception.

I must admit however I was less keen on the religious aspects of the book. I have no real problem with what anyone chooses to believe in but I'm not all that interested personally in reading in a lot of detail about it. This book just about manages to stay on the right side of not being preachy but only just for me.

I loved seeing the friendships built between the main characters and seeing the interactions between the characters. I also liked that the book was diverse in its cast.

However I am more than a bit annoyed at the end. How could it end like that?