Have you ever finished a book and wished you didn't have to wait to get the sequel? Or picked up a book from your favorite author and realized a few chapters into the book that it was a sequel, and you wished you would have re-read the previous book first to refresh your memory? It happened to me just this morning. I picked up a new novel from the library and realized it was a sequel to something I read months ago. I should leaf through book one and refresh my memory before I keep reading...and I admit, I have gone so far as to post on an author's Facebook page "Hurry up and write quickly! You can't leave us hanging like that!"
"Forever Faithful" by Karen Kingsbury solves both of those problems by taking all three of her books in the trilogy and putting them into one volume!
The series begins with "Waiting For Morning," a story of painful loss, bitterness, forgiveness and rebuilding. Hannah Ryan's husband and daughter are killed in an accident caused by a drunk driver. She focuses on avenging the deaths of her family, almost destroying her relationship with her surviving daughter in the process. While it was a difficult book to read due to the very emotional issues, it was very thought-provoking, making me examine areas where I might be less forgiving than I should be.
In the second book, "A Moment of Weakness," Jade and Tanner are inseparable as children. Tanner says he's going to marry Jade. They lose touch when Jade's father moves her across the country. When they are reunited, they discover the closeness they shared as children, and look forward to a lifetime together, until their "moment of weakness" slowly but surely pushes them apart. They are drawn together again nearly a decade later as Jade fights for her faith and for custody of her son.
The third book brings follows the story of Jade and Tanner and their good friends Matt and Hannah (of "Waiting for Morning") as they struggle with life-threatening health and heart-breaking loss. After reading the first two books, you are drawn into the lives of these two couples, and it can be very emotional to "see" them suffer through the trials of life, but there is encouragement in the way they stay true to their faith and depend on God to carry them through.
If you are a fan of Karen Kingsbury's stories, don't miss the chance to get all three books wrapped up in one!
Click this link to read the first chapter!
I received this book free from the publisher, Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.