Need You Now
BY BETH WISEMAN
PUBLISHED BY THOMAS NELSON
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When big-city life threatens the safety of one of their children, Brad and Darlene Henderson move with their three teenagers from Houston to the tiny town of Round Top, Texas.
Adjusting to small-town life is difficult for the kids, especially fifteen-year-old Grace who is coping in a dangerous way.
Married life hasn’t always been bliss, but their strong faith has carried Brad and Darlene through the difficult times. When Darlene takes a job outside the home for the first time in their marriage, the domestic tension rises.
While working with special needs children at her new job, the widowed father of one of the students starts paying more attention to Darlene than is appropriate. Problem is, she feels like someone is listening to her for the first time in a long time.
If Darlene ever needed God . . . it’s now.
Experience a family’s triumph over lies, betrayal, and loss while still clinging to the One who matters most.
What makes a novel memorable?
Is it strong characters? check ; believable characters and situations? check, vulnerable and true to life? check engages your emotions and senses? check
Need You Now has all these and more.
I have read most of Beth Wiseman’s Amish novels, and loved how she engages the reader, and brings out the things we all share with their culture, but i was not prepared for the depth she put into the characters in this comtemporary novel.
From the first she had my heart beating rapidly as I waited and read to see who or what the intruder was in Darlene’s bedroom. At this point, it could have been anything from a mouse to a murderer. The issues Darlene and Brad face as parents is something no parent wants to admit might be in realm of possibilites. The ones they face as couple would never face us, except it does. Who doesn’t keep secrets, however innocent we think they are from ones we love? Who doesn’t doubt our loved one (parent, child, spouse, sibling) in what they said or did or what we think they meant, or tell others what we think they want to hear?
This novel deals with each of these situations and more, and I was not expecting to feel with the characters as I did. All in all, this was one great novel, and can truly recommend this for all adults who love the Lord or want to know more about Him, as well as all romance readers.
I received this novel from Thomas Nelson Publishers through their Booksneeze program, in exchange for an honest review of the same. The opinions stated in this post are my own.