This was not what I had hoped for; but just another cheating hubby-illegitimate child-doormat wife scenario. There was a twist and heartstring jerk, but honestly, can't Christian writers move past the sensationalism of sexual affairs?
Disappointing. I have read Bedford before and enjoyed them. This one missed all the targets in characters, originality, and Christian theme. The wife was limp. The husband was a jerk. The lover self-centered. Yes, the girl was innocent, but there are consequences for sin.
Not sure why I read this story other than my wife brought it home from our church's library. I was disappointed with what came across as flippant grace. You know - Gosh, I'm sorry, forgive me, move on - scenario where no real harm was done, so it's no big deal. Even after 31 years of marriage, there's no way this would play out with my wife and I, regardless who made the error. Abby should have left David, but been supportive of her son's relationship with his dad - eventually. I'm not a fan of fiction and now I know why.
Over-used theme, shallow characters, and too predictable outcomes. I skimmed the last 50 pages just because I knew the end result long before it arrived. Someday, someone may write a realistic story concerning the gravity of infidelity; but it certainly won't be found in this novel. I'm not sure why I got this from our church library, but will be far more wary in the future!
Though Deborah writes compentently, her characters are unrealistic - I hope; for the unfaithful husband is not remorseful, the wounded wife is a rug, the former lover is still the seductress, and the children are not believable. I am a family counselor and tried to see this scenario played out in my office. It all boiled down to an over-kill theme with the wife gives all up in the hopes of hanging onto a forever broken marriage. I would have realistically suggested a legal separation at the least. I am still hoping for authenticity in Christian literature when it comes to touchy subjects. This kind of writing gives false hopes, which also fails; unlike the love of our Father.