Dogwood  -     By: Chris Fabry
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Tyndale House / 2008 / Paperback

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In the small town of Dogwood, West Virginia, Karin has buried her shattered dreams by settling for a faithful husband whose emotional distance from her deep passions and conflicts leaves her isolated. Loaded with guilt, she tries to raise three small children and "do life" the best she can. Will returns to Dogwood intent on pursuing the only woman he has ever loved--only to find there is far more standing in his way than lost years in prison. The secrets of Will and Karin's past begin to emerge through Danny Boyd, a young boy who wishes he hadn't survived the tragedy that knit those two together as well as tore them apart. The trigger that will lay their pain bare and force them to face it rather than flee is the unlikely figure of Ruthie Bowles, a withered, wiry old woman who leads Karin so deep into her anger against God that it forces unexpected consequences.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 350
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2008
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 141431955X
ISBN-13: 9781414319551
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2009 Christy Award winner!
In the small town of Dogwood, West Virginia, Karin has buried her shattered dreams by settling for a faithful husband whose emotional distance from her deep passions and conflicts leaves her isolated. Loaded with guilt, she tries to raise three small children and “do life” the best she can. Will returns to Dogwood intent on pursuing the only woman he has ever loved—only to find there is far more standing in his way than lost years in prison. The secrets of Will and Karin's past begin to emerge through Danny Boyd, a young boy who wishes he hadn't survived the tragedy that knit those two together as well as tore them apart. The trigger that will lay their pain bare and force them to face it rather than flee is the unlikely figure of Ruthie Bowles, a withered, wiry old woman who leads Karin so deep into her anger against God that it forces unexpected consequences.

Publisher's Weekly

In his ambitious adult debut, Fabry, the author of more than 50 novels for children and young adults, offers an unusual and occasionally confusing story with a twist. In Dogwood, W.Va., wise spiritual sage Ruthie Bowles wants to help prison inmate Will Hatfield and his old flame Karin resolve their tragic pasts. Karin, introduced as a pastor’s wife and mother of three, feels she has settled for a “safe” man “faithful as an old dog but better smelling,” rather than Will, who she believes was the passionate love of her life. She struggles to resolve the lingering regrets that have poisoned her soul. From another point of view, we learn that Danny Boyd survived a horrific accident that took the lives of his little sisters. He blames himself and can’t move forward. The novel starts slowly as readers juggle several points of view, flashbacks and characters, but once the story starts cooking, it’s difficult to put down what with Fabry’s surprising plot resolution and themes of forgiveness, sacrificial love and suffering. (Aug.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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  1. pa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Christian novel misses moral compass
    July 2, 2012
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    pa
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 2
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    This is the first book I have read by Chris Fabry. His writing style is easy and puts you immediately into the setting as if you actually live there, too. The structure of his novel is similar to others books that have proven effective, such as "The Help" ( by Kathryn Stockard), where the story is told in the first person by the key characters. Each chapter is one of these characters speaking and is an enjoyable way to read as opposed to a third person's narrative.

    That being said, I stuggle with the play of emotions the author puts on the reader. I understand this book has received great reviews- the story line is weaved with various threads and it all comes together nicely in the end, but it is all emotional. The story is basically one man's sacrifical devotion and protection of the woman he loves but the end does not justify the means. Peeling away the noble, sacrifical, and love-driven act of this man we have that he needed to lie in order to demonstrate his love.

    Good literature should elevate and edify me, especially Christian literature. This book does neither for me. It makes me wonder how far we have come from the simple, fundamental truth that God cannot bless a lie. I wish Fabry would have written a story where the truth was revealed at the onset and yet still had his main character take the girl's just punishment as an act of love.
  2. Tampa, FL
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Winner
    February 25, 2012
    Sally
    Tampa, FL
    This plot reminds me of a beautifully colored tapestry. Chapters are written in the voices of the different characters, allowing the reader a glimpse. This is one of those novels that by the time the last page has been turned, I find myself a bit frustrated that I had no more to read.

    I recommend this one! Discussion questions are included.
  3. Hershey, PA
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This is a great book!
    August 27, 2011
    Hersheyreader
    Hershey, PA
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    As I was reading the book, I thought I had it all figured out...but the ending is nothing that I expected!! I loved the interesting spin that it took. I gave this to two other friends to read after me, and we all experienced the same thing---hang in there with it till the VERY END!!
  4. Alberta, Canada
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great book!
    June 3, 2011
    wendy
    Alberta, Canada
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I don't enjoy reading books that I have all figured out by the middle of the book. Loved this book because the author gives you information and you "think" you have it figured out. Then the ending is totally unexpected!! The book was a most enjoyable read for me.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 11, 2009
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    I absolutely LOVED this book! There are so many twists and turns. Once I got started I couldn't put it down. The characters were so compelling and captured my heart and the story kept me glued to the book until the end! I highly recommend this book!
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