Title: Argosy Junction
Author: Chautona Havig
Series: Rockland Chronicles
Major Themes: Christianity
Synopsis: After being badly hurt by the Brethren, a strict cult, could Lane ever see Jesus as someone good and loving?
I have wanted to read Argosy Junction ever since reading about the main character just a little in Past Forward. I finally bought it recently and it was definitely worth reading! I really appreciated the way salvation and the Christian life were portrayed through the story.
The opening scene is very funny, especially to anyone with a farming background. Matt, a tourist from the Midwest, is walking on a back road in Montana and climbs over a fence to take a picture of some sheep for his mother. The sheep come running over to have a look at this person, and surround him. Positive that they will eat him alive, or some such thing, Matt is frozen with fear and spends the next four hours surrounded by curious sheep, eventually reading Shakespeare to them! Finally, Lane, a young woman who lives on Argosy Ranch, comes to his rescue.
Over the next several days, Matt and Lane spend more time together, despite the fact that the entire community treats Lane’s family as outcasts. Matt learns to love the entire Argosy family, and when he has to go back home to Rockland, he starts to email several family members. He is delighted when Lane comes to Rockland to visit him—but things get tense when he shares his faith with her. The Argosy family, you see, was shunned by the community because they had dared to leave the church they had been instrumental in building up. Was there any possible way Lane, or anyone in her family for that matter, could see Jesus as anything good again, after the way people who claimed to live for Him had treated them?
There are a lot of thought-provoking discussions in this story. I love the way they are naturally woven in, with no feeling of preachiness. The humor is great, too; Lane’s little sister Patience is awfully cute. I love the time she got a “naughty dress”!
WARNING: There are several vague mentions made of one character’s past life before he met the Lord, and how most girls were an object to be enjoyed. Otherwise, it is very clean.
Reading Independently—Ages 15 and Above, Adults