The Sign Painter by Davis Bunn ~ A Contemporary Fiction Review

Davis Bunn
Contemporary Fiction

Back Of The Book:

From bestselling, award-winning author Davis Bunn 
comes a deeply emotive story about a young mother struggling 
to get back on her feet after a devastating loss.

Amy Dowell had always considered herself a very good mother. But when she loses her husband to illness and her home to debt, she finds herself and her young daughter, Kimberly, homeless as she struggles to find a job that will get them back on their feet. When she's offered a break, can Amy subject herself to the possibility of disappointment and hurt by hoping again?

Inspired by a true story. The Sign Painter is a tale of desperation, taking chances, and, ultimately, redemption. This heartwarming novel blends mystery and romance with characters you'll root for, and will leave you wondering--is home really where the heart is?

My Thoughts:

The Sign Painter is a story that has become all too familiar in America today. Amy Dowell has lost almost everything. Her beloved husband became seriously ill and due to that situation they lost their home and their income. Eventually Amy lost her husband to the cruel disease. She now finds herself living in a rundown pickup and camper with her young daughter Kimberly. For months they have been going from place to place as Amy finds work to keep them going. 

By a complete act of Providence Amy comes upon a job and a housing situation that promises a second chance. In the shadow of Disney's Magical Kingdom sits the First Methodist Church. This church has a ministry to care for the least of these. Through their loving guidance Amy and Kimmie have an opportunity to start again making a new life. 

If the story ended there it would be a lovely redemptive tale, but this story is written by Davis Bunn so you know there is another layer. Just down the street from the church complex is a small nondescript house that the drug cartel have moved into. The drug lords are also looking to take care of the least of these. In a very interesting twist of fate Amy finds herself right in the middle of a very dangerous drug ring. 

For an added degree of interest this is based on a true story. I always enjoy Davis' writing and he has once again put together a compelling read that makes you consider the world past your manicured lawn. 

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