As children, Jade Conner and Tanner Eastman were best friends—until scandal drove them apart. Then, one golden summer, they find each other again. Through endless days they share their hearts and souls and dreams of forever. Then, in a moment of weakness, they make a decision that will tear them apart for nearly a decade.
In their own separate corners of the country, Jade and Tanner have become fighters for religious freedom. Now Jade’s unfaithful husband is determined to destroy her in a custody battle that will rock the nation and shake people’s understanding of faith and freedom. Could Jade lose her only child because ofher faith? Only one man can help her in her darkest hour. And only one old woman knows the secret about that summer and the truth that can set them all free.
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About the Author:
KAREN KINGSBURY is a USA Today and New York Times best-selling author, with nearly twenty million books in print. Dubbed the "Queen of Christian Fiction" by Time magazine, Karen has written more than forty Life-Changing Drama, which encompasses the Redemption, Firstborn, and Sunrise series, as well as stand-alone novels such as Like Dandelion Dust, When Joy Came to Stay, and This Side of Heaven. Karen and her husband, Don, live in the Pacific Northwest and are parents to six children, including three adopted from Haiti. Visit her Web site at www.KarenKingsbury.com
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own and I am not required to review this book positively.
This book was a very emotional read for me. There were times when I got mad! Times when I wanted got excited. Times when I wanted to laugh and times when I cried. Karen has such a talent for really drawing the reader into the story and the character's lives.
The story begins with a backdrop. Jade is a young girl and Tanner is just a boy. They live next door and are besties. But then tragedy hits and Jade's family moves away. Tanner wonders about her for years, but never hears from her again.
Then the story jumps ahead eleven years. Tanner is now in college, Jade is a student and volunteer at the local children's hospital. Providence has it that this is the summer Tanner is coming to town as an intern. Jade's life hasn't changed much, Tanner's on the other hand is headed for big achievements. His future... politics.
Tanner's mother has always wanted big things for her son. She has done all she can to push him toward the political arena. One day... He may even be president. Included in her list of sacrifices, never really telling him the truth about where Jade went and what happened to her family. Better to keep him safe. But secrets can kill, and there are many secrets yet to be unveiled...
Just as Tanner finds Jade and they begin to bond, the unthinkable happens. Choices are made, Rules are Broken, Lies and Secrets sever the relationship. Can it be remedied, or will the choices made forever keep them apart?
As I mentioned above, Karen can really pull you in! I found my emotions reeling. I wanted to smack someone, run and tell so the problem could be solved. I love how she draws me in, and the story unfolds. There was alot I could relate to. Lots of issues to work through. There are two main themes in this plot - sexual sin and the pain it can cause, and religious freedoms. Karen ties these two together beautifully. But there is also the brokenness of people, forgiveness, and healing and hope. I really like how Karen incorporates God into the story. Not just as a far off being, but as an up close and personal friend. Honestly, I just had to go read the end of the book once I got so far. I couldn't help myself. I am a sucker for happy endings! And it was worth it, but it is also worth reading everything in between. Once again, Karen has done it! Succeeded in making another story come alive for me. I feel as though I know these people. And really, the story is realistic enough, that they could be someone I know.
This is book two in Karen's Forever Faithful Series.