Book Review: “God Spare the Girls” by Kelsey McKinney

God Spare the Girls by Kelsey McKinney

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Many thanks to NetGallery for a free ebook in exchange for my honest review!

“God Spare the Girls” by Kelsey McKinney is a coming of age story set against the backdrop evangelical Christian culture. Caroline Nolan is newly graduated from high school and ready to leave her small town and the church where her father is the beloved preacher. She plans to spend her final months at home preparing for her devout older sister’s wedding. But during the summer before college, her family is turned upside down by news of her father’s affair with a congregant.

Caroline and her older sister Abby retreat to their late grandmother’s ranch house to deal with the own feelings about faith, marriage, and their places in the world. Caroline’s resolve to leave and start her own path never wavers. She can’t understand why her mother and sister seem rooted to their hometown and the church.

Watching the scandal unfold gives Caroline new insight into the power women wield in her church, power they can only keep by propping up her father to be the face of faith.

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