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.
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.
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.