Beneath the Night Tree, Threads of Change Series #3   -     By: Nicole Baart
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Beneath the Night Tree, Threads of Change Series #3

Tyndale House / 2011 / Paperback

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"Do I have a child?" Julia DeSmit knew she would face the question eventually, but she didn't expect it now. At twenty-four, she is finally content with the way her life has unfolded. A single mother to her son and young brother, she works at the local grocery store while chipping away at a two-year degree. All her free time is spent with her unorthodox family-her boys, her grandmother, and her boyfriend of five years. It's not perfect, but Julia is happier than ever. So when she receives the cryptic e-mail from her son's father, Julia's world is turned upside down.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1414323239
ISBN-13: 9781414323237
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Series: Threads of Change

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Do I have a child? Julia DeSmit knew she would face the question eventually, but she didn’t expect it now. At twenty-four, she is finally content with the way her life has unfolded. A single mother to her son and young brother, she works at the local grocery store while chipping away at a two-year degree. All her free time is spent with her unorthodox family—her boys, her grandmother, and her boyfriend of five years. It’s not perfect, but Julia is happier than ever.
So when she receives the cryptic e-mail from her son’s father, Julia’s world is turned upside down. She hasn’t heard from Parker since he left her in a college parking lot nearly six years ago. But one look at her son—the spitting image of his father—is enough to convince her that, for better or worse, Parker is a part of their story. Faced with this new reality and an unexpected tragedy, Julia begins a tightrope walk between what was and what is, what she hopes for and what will be.

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Beneath the Night Tree by Nicole Baart is one of those books that draws the readers into its world to the point that they don't notice the passage of time. It's a drama for the undramatic, a romance for the unromantic, and realistic fiction for those who prefer fantasy. It's a book anyone past age 15 could pick up and relate to. It's about living in the present while facing the future and dealing with the past.

Beneath the Night Tree tells the story of Julia DeSmit, a single mom in her mid-twenties who has many choices to make but a crippling fear of making a bad decision. She's in turmoil over whether or not to follow Michael – her Prince Charming-type boyfriend – to Iowa City with her five-year-old, and leave her grandmother and half-brother behind at the farm. To further complicate things, her son's father reenters Julia's life with a sudden email. Julia must learn not to lean on herself, but to, as Proverbs 3:5-6 directs, lean on God.

Baart tells Julia's story in a convincing way, causing the reader to see every character – from Julia to her ex – as a real person. Baart writes with imagery and a poetic flare uncommon in modern novels. Though several character interactions walk the line between believable and unbelievable, the story is overall a strong one, its message is sound, and Baart's writing is solid. Beneath the Night Tree is an enjoyable story with an encouraging ending. – Meredith Sell, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. Faith and Family Reviews
    Chicago, IL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A very endearing story!
    September 30, 2011
    Faith and Family Reviews
    Chicago, IL
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Beneath the Night Tree was highly emotional, funny and poignant story of a single mother. If you know a teen who has had a child out of wedlock then you will sympathize with Julia DeSmit as she travels the road as a single parent. You will be gripped to your seat as her life is upset by the reappearance of her child's dead beat dad.

    Each of the characters in Beneath the Night Tree endeared themselves to me, all except one. I loved the mother-love Julia had for her two "boys". The strength of Julia's character is amazing with all the events she had to overcome. I loved the relationship she shared with her grandmother. She was a devoted granddaughter.

    Julia was fortunate enough to finally find love with a man who not only accepted and loved her, but loved her two "boys" as his very own. I think it takes a special individual to welcome a child that is not their own into their hearts and to love that child as if he was his flesh and blood. Not everyone can do it and I admire those who can and do. Since I have a tender spot for teen moms, I was in tears during many parts of this book as Julia went through her soul searching adventure.

    Two of my younger sisters were teen mothers, but only one of them stayed with the father of her children. The other is blessed to have found a man who is a true father to my nephew, who is going on 17 this year. His "dad" has been a father to him since he was at least 2 years old.

    I highly recommend Beneath the Night Tree. It is an endearing story of one woman's ability to overcome the past and move on with the future. I have already begun to read it over again and that is not something I do very often!

    Please note: I did receive a copy of this book in exchange for a review, however, all thoughts and opinions are my own.
  2. Koreamom
    Pittsgrove, NJ
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful Story!
    September 12, 2011
    Koreamom
    Pittsgrove, NJ
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    don't know why I waited so long to read this book. It was such a good story! Beneath The Night Tree is actually the third book in this series. I have not had the pleasure of reading the first two books. This book is a stand alone book though and gave quite a bit of back story to make it easy to follow.

    Julia is a single mom raising her 5 year old son, her 10 year old half brother and living with her grandma. Julia has been seriously dating Michael for sometime now and hoping Michael proposes marriage soon! She loves Michael and wants to start a life with him.

    Then one day she receives an email from her son's father, Parker. Completely out of the blue. Julia's world is changed in ways she does not expect. Her faith is tested. Is marriage to Michael really want she wants? Has Parker changed?

    This is a very touching story. Julia must make some hard choices and really look at her life, her faith and what matters the most!

    disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.
  3. Christian Bookworm
    OK
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    great read
    August 31, 2011
    Christian Bookworm
    OK
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    This book was really good. You have an idea where is headed, but it gets to that point in a bit different way than expected. Kept my interest during the story. Grab tissues toward the end.
  4. hannah97
    Cottonwood, CA
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Epic - A must read
    August 18, 2011
    hannah97
    Cottonwood, CA
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Beneath the Night Tree, by Nicole Baart, is a great book. I love how Julia's story unfolds. This is a must read book!
  5. KitKatDoe
    Cedar Rapids, IA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Everyone Needs a Grandma Nellie!
    August 10, 2011
    KitKatDoe
    Cedar Rapids, IA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This third book in a manifest of writings by Nicole Baart deals again with the idea of being able to start over in life. The beginning of the novel I found quite dry reading, and had to really force myself to keep track of the main characters and piece the theme together as I progressed. Grandma Nellie, as one would surmise, is someone we would all do well to have in our lives: full of sage, patience, dry humor, yet also quirky in her mannerisms. After persistent toward the middle of the book, the main character, Julia DeSmit does seem to have the usual dilemma of choosing between her carefree and organized love of life or accept the past/present realities of life's offerings and come down to a verity of day to day present pain and truth. The reader watches the characters grow and face a milieu of faith building aspects that lead to and enter into a surprise yet comfortable conclusion for the ending. The reader is also engaged and delighted with the meaning and subtleties of the title of the book.

    This was a book I reviewed for Tyndale House Publishers.
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