adoption, angst, Chile, Christian, conscience, death, Dennie, families, fiction, forgiveness, grief, healing, honesty, LDS, Love, lying, Marcie Anne Jenson, peer pressure, teenagers, Thes, truth, Whispers of Hope, YA fiction
Book Review — Whispers of Hope, by Marcie Anne Jenson
Dennie and Thes, orphans from Chile, are adopted by an American LDS couple, and for many years all seems well. But Thes is haunted by his painful past, and when he dies mysteriously, his family is devastated. Dennie’s conscience is burning a hole in her that makes it increasingly difficult to live with the many lies she and her friends have told to keep the truth from coming out. Something has to give, because Dennie can’t stand herself anymore. This was a touching story. I cried for Dennie’s pain, and I cheered as she slowly began to reach out and trust someone enough to tell the truth about her brother, and find healing at last.