"Diane Noble skillfully weaves the tale of a little wooden doll named Phoebe. As it passes through many hands over nearly eight decades, a pattern of God’s grace is clearly seen.
"Among the owners are a mentally handicapped child, a boy heading off to war, an embittered widow, and a bride learning what it takes to make a marriage work. Their stories are presented in a round-about manner as the author skips from era to era, keeping interest high and providing a delightful puzzle of transitions that are only solved in the last chapter.
"The sharply drawn characters are the best part of the novella, all unique and memorable amid the flow of generations. Since they come from nearly every stage of life, people of all ages, especially women, can find someone with which they can identify. Small length and short chapters make it an easy read for young and old, and its nostalgic style is reminiscent of Janette Oke’s. So pick it up and settle back for a heartwarming read." -- Katie Hart, Christian Book Previews
Five powerful words and one simple doll—how can one very plain toy change the lives of so many people? Readers in need of a break from their hectic lives can slow down for a while as they read about gifts that come in small packages. Phoebe, the latest novella by award-winning storyteller Diane Noble, tells the story of extraordinary things God uses for healing. Phoebe is full of delightful surprises, such as unforgettable characters that take readers through seven decades. This story of redemption and hope is a book readers will pick up again and again.
Readers will be glad to see Phoebe, especially those familiar with Noble’s previous historical novel, The Veil. “I was compelled to tell the rest of the doll’s story to continue the thread of God’s redemption, grace, and unconditional love first found in The Veil,” Noble said. Experienced through a sorrowful widow, a troubled child, a bitter bride, and a runaway boy, Phoebe moves through the hands of each as a testimony to the tender mercies God gives His children. Readers will be awed by the amount of research that Noble has done to take them directly into the locale and heart of each person touched.