There are some books that tug at your soul. I Never Called Him Pa is one of those books. Author Diane Kane’s beautiful characters made me want to be a better person.
We meet young Henry at the tender age of five and grow with him through the 1950s and 60s. He lives with his grandmother, Margarette, on an Illinois farm and never fails to greet the early morning train with a hardy wave and smile. Magarette is a hard-working, selfless woman who takes care of those in need, including the large black man, Ernest, who wanders onto the farm in bad health. This captures the attention of the townspeople.
Diane tackles the racial topic, as well as other social issues, with grace and validity.
Ernest and Henry create a bond as Ernest teaches the boy about life and what it means to be a good man. But Ernest’s wisdom, faith, and honor reach far beyond the farm and touches the hearts of many.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book!