Like Always - eBook  -     By: Robert Elmer
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Like Always - eBook

WaterBrook Press / 2009 / ePub

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Just when Will and Merit Sullivan thought their life was beginning to adapt to some normalcy, Merit finds out she's pregnant.. at forty five years old. ALong with her new regnany comes a new house and a big decision. Will love triumph in the face of tragedy?

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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: WaterBrook Press
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 9780307499394
ISBN-13: 9780307499394
Availability: In Stock

For Merit Sullivan, how can life ever be Like Always when her husband Will trades his secure job of a lifetime in the Bay area for a dream to operate a rundown resort in the wilderness of Idaho? When her son Michael returns from Iraq an emotionally wounded stranger? When she finds out in one day that she's pregnant and has an aggressive form of leukemia?
Suddenly Merit is alone in her cause to hold onto a tiny life that puts her own at greater risk. Never spiritually strong, Will is struggling to support her and leans on the pastor of the local church. Her estranged sister Sydney—a cat-loving, vegetarian, New Ager—attacks men in general, Will in particular, and the church for Merit's decision to keep the baby and put off treatment. Michael and Merit’s two young daughters seesaw between hope and despair. Yet Merit finds help and friendship in young Stephanie Unruh, the local pastor's daughter. And so does Michael. After someone leaks Merit's story, the national press descends on Kokanee Cove. Life is certainly not like it always was. But does God have something better in mind?
Rita Fedrizzi, a forty-one-year-old Italian woman who found she was pregnant and had cancer at the same time, inspired Robert Elmer to write Like Always. Fedrizzi rejected cancer treatment in order to give life to her baby.
Elmer takes us through the emotions and thinking of Merit, Will, Sydney, and those around them. He describes the conflict, the pain, the misunderstandings, and the passions aroused by Merit's decision in a moving tale of courage, love, and selflessness. The author portrays the characters so realistically in their challenges, hopes, and fears that I found thoughts of them pursuing me throughout the day. Readers will not want to put this story down until they complete the journey with Merit and Will.
I thoroughly enjoyed Like Always. However, I did have one technical problem. The story alludes to a time of intimacy between Will and Merit the end of April being responsible for her pregnancy. But the baby is not born until Easter. This makes an eleven-month pregnancy. Other than this timing problem, it's a thoughtful, tender love story of a woman for her unexpected child, a husband for his wife, and two estranged sisters for one another. Readers of tender heart may expect to shed a few tears. – Debbie W. Wilson, Christian Book

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    1 Stars Out Of 5
    August 21, 2013
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    Quality: 1
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    I was very disappointed in this book. It was hard to follow at times. Will not read and more books by this author.
  2. Indiana
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    Lacking in depth and development
    December 5, 2011
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 2
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 2
    I was disappointed in this book. The story was interesting - but I felt it was someone using a true story and thinking they could add to it. Unfortunately - nothing was added. Several relationships were started - but never developed satisfactorily. For instance - Michael (son) came home from war and had an internal war he was battling. He was angry that he was adopted and complained to Stephanie. BUT - these items were left without any resolution at the end of the story. Did he make peace with his Mom? And his dad - it would have been great to write how the family situation allowed them to heal their relationship. What about Stella? She was brought up again and again - but there was no storyline to her character, other than to point out the differences between sisters.

    Overall it was OK. An interesting story - just too many characters and none of them were completely developed before the end of the story.
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