This is why I shouldn’t wait 2 weeks before writing a review. I can’t, for the life of me, remember why I gave this book 3 stars. I am sure I liked it, but it was not memorable enough for me to remember the whats and whys. And maybe that, for me as a reader, is what is the difference between the five star books and the three star books — I can still remember clearly what I was thinking and how I was feeling when I was reading them. They stick with me long after the book is complete. This one, unfortunately has not.
A quick look back at the book reveals that this is an inspirational tale that speaks of how being on mission tends to change the giver just as much as, if not more than, the receiver. Trost poured her life into Haiti, spending much of her time and energy there attempting to meet the needs of people as she saw them. And thanks to a very active priest and his church, she is able to see some success in bringing hope to a group of people. As with many of these types of books, the author’s experience can get in the way of the place and the people, and that for me will drop a book from 5 stars fairly quickly. This book, fortunately doesn’t promise to be more than that — it states right off the bat that it is Margaret’s experience of hope in Haiti, rather the experience of the people. And her experience was rather interesting and she shares the stage well with the real actors in this book — the priest and the members of his church.
This is a good, if not particularly memorable, book to add to one’s collection on Haiti in particular and poverty in general. I’m glad I took the time to read it, but I doubt I will remember much about it beyond this month.