When children run past the brightly painted little caravan they sigh with envy. They would love to spend all their time at the fairground. But they don’t know what it’s like behind the scenes. Rosalie, who lives in the caravan, knows that her life is not pretty or exciting.
Rosalie has to work very hard as part of her father’s acting company. She has to keep going, keep smiling and keep pretending just to keep everyone happy.
One day Rosalie and her mother are given a beautiful picture of a shepherd holding a lamb. Rosalie is told about the great love of Jesus who longs to look after her just as a shepherd looks after his lambs. What does the future hold for Rosalie. Will she trust in God? Will she find a real home? Find out for yourself as O.F. Walton gives you ‘A Peep Behind The Scenes’.
This book was given to me by my Aunt a few years ago. For some reason it has taken me this long to read it!
The story is about a young girl named Rosalie who is brought up as a part of a traveling theatre show. Her mother has taken ill and her Father, who runs the traveling theatre show is a very hard man, who is only interested in making as much profit as he can. A stranger gifts Rosalie a picture of a shepherd holding a lamb with a bible verse underneath it, which stirs up old memories in Rosalie’s mother. Soon Rosalie and her mother are learning the love Jesus has for them and that no matter how lost, he will always find you. This message strengthens Rosalie in the many trials she has facing her and this she shares with the many people she meets.
The one thing that really stood out to me about this book was how beautifully descriptive the text was. Every sentence was so rich and full, something that i think is greatly lacking in a lot of fiction today. It was different in the sense of being extremely descriptive like say, Moby Dick, it was more that each sentence was almost a line of poetry.
I found it hard to get into the story at first, it was slow and there were a lot of religious messages (which as a Christian i am not against, however i was trying to read this from a neutral perspective). However about halfway through the story the pace picked up a bit and i was turning the pages as fast as i could.
The characters were developed well and you couldn’t help but love Rosalie and pity this poor, sweet child. I found her mother a bit of a weak character however she was severely ill so maybe that was why.
Overall i really enjoyed this book and i would recommend it. It definitely makes you think about how everything may look wonderful on the surface but behind the scenes, all is not as great as one would think. The book also shares the love of Jesus in a non condemning way even though sometimes i felt the messages were a little bit too much and could have been a bit subtler.