With equal measures of heartbreak and joy, Close to the Soul is a gripping novel that strikes every emotional chord. It’s an escape to a simpler time where God is first and family is a close second. Thayer explores the resiliency of family bonds and is chock full of heart and devotion. This beautifully rendered debut novel left me dazzled and touched and ultimately hopeful. Fans of Francine Rivers will flock to this one!