Friday, May 4, 2012

Traveler's Rest by Ann Tatlock - REVIEWED

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Traveler’s Rest

Bethany House Publishers; Original edition (May 1, 2012)
Ann Tatlock


Ann Tatlock is the author of the Christy Award-winning novel All the Way Home. She has also won the Midwest Independent Publishers Association "Book of the Year" in fiction for both All the Way Home and I'll Watch the Moon. Her novel Things We Once Held Dear received a starred review from Library Journal and Publishers Weekly calls her "one of Christian fiction's better wordsmiths, and her lovely prose reminds readers why it is a joy to savor her stories." Ann lives with her husband and daughter in Asheville, North Carolina.


A YOUNG WOMAN determined to honor her commitment...

AN INJURED SOLDIER convinced life is no longer worth living...

A RETIRED DOCTOR certain it's too late to be forgiven...

Jane Morrow has a dilemma. She's engaged to Seth Ballantine, a member of the National Guard's 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, and he's returned from Iraq severely wounded. Jane hasn't seen him for nearly a year, and with trepidation, she heads to the VA hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, where he is being treated.

Seth isn't happy to see her. He'd asked her not to come. He wants to end the relationship. But Jane loves him, and despite his injury, she's determined to convince him that they can have a life together. Her faith has never been strong, yet she hopes God will answer her prayers and tell her what to do.

Beautifully written, Travelers Rest takes readers on a journey through pain and tragedy to a place of hope and redemption.

My Thoughts:
"One can try to be noble, but the heart won't be fooled.  Its wants what it wants.  The heart has a narrow appetite.  Only love will satisfy."  (p. 31)

Jane Morrow is up against a challenge that most marriages don't even survive...much less an engagement that hasn't even arrived at the altar!  Jane's dertermination, her tenuous faith, the love she has for Seth   - all solidify into a force to be reconned with in Ann Tatlock's latest novel, Traveler's Rest. The journey she and Seth take doesn't have a neat and tidy ending either. Rather, there are plenty of plot twists that will wring your heart dry of all emotion.

That's a good thing.  For what Jane learns along the path of her journey is that there is only One who can give her the love her heart craves.  His love enables Jane to endure heartbreaking circumstances early in life - and Jane has more than her fair share at times.  You will laugh. You will cry. You will praise God for His mercy and grace. You will leave the pages of this story changed. 

Ann Tatlock has written one of her best stories yet, and I am thrilled to recommend it you you!

If you would like to read the first chapter of Traveler’s Rest, go HERE.

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