Have you ever bought/received a book and decided it is not the right time to read it? You can pick it up with intentions to read it, but you end up putting it down because it didn't feel right? When you finally do feel like it's time to read it, it resonates with you. It speaks to you at the particular moment in your life. There was a reason why you waited.
This is one of those books.
I received this book right before I stopped blogging last year due to my pregnancy. I wanted to read this book. I have read one other Ann Tatlock novel, All the Way Home. I LOVED that book. Why I haven't picked up more of Tatlock's works is a mystery. Travelers Rest is proof that I need to.
The novel starts out with Jane Morrow entering the VA (Vertran's Administration) hospital in Ashville, NC. Her fiance, Seth Ballantine, is a patient there after being shot in Iraq. His injury left him a quadriplegic and giving up on life. Jane is there trying to move forward with the plans for their lives. Seth is looking at his future as if there isn't one.
At first I cringed at the fact that this storyline involved the military. I assumed, wrongly, that perhaps Ms. Tatlock was using this military/Iraq war to gain readers. And honestly, I don't want to read military-related stories. (If anyone ho-hums about this, I am prior-service military. I'm not military bashing. I plainly do not want to read about the military!) So it took me awhile to get through the first few chapters. I'd read a half a page to a page before setting it back down. But I'm so happy that I stormed through like a good trooper. I was rewarded with a lovely story of hope and carrying on--all of which I needed to hear at the time of reading. This book spoke to me, not only with the story being told, but in such a way that it gave me a new perspective on what was going on in my life.
Tatlock also uses the story the remind us that people are placed in our lives for a reason. Jane is befriended by a retired doctor, Truman. He is someone who helps guide Jane through the life-changing injury for both Seth and herself. As much as he helps Jane, Jane helps Truman receive forgiveness in a decades-old event that resulted in life-long consequences for him.
The story is one that helps us understand that there is a reason we go through what we do, and there is significance in everyone we meet and share experiences with. Ann Tatlock seems to do this effortlessly with fully developed characters, making me fall in love with them all. I cannot recommend this book enough.
well written , no filler , wasted words in this story . It really mimics life's ups and downs . Our hopes and getting our hopes smashed . through it all only one place where faith is found , the story keeps leading you to that place .
I believe this book takes a turn that you don't expect when you initially start reading, but it really makes sense as the story progresses. I don't want to give anything away in this story but believing that God has a purpose and a plan in all things, even the bad stuff, is very present and very encouraging in this novel.
I am a fan of Ann Tatlock's writing and this is just another of her stories that I very much enjoyed. As the book concludes you just wish that you could hang out with these characters, drink some chocolate milk with Truman and find out what happens next for them in their lives. Travelers Rest proved to be another Tatlock treasure that I am sure you will enjoy.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.
I was given Travelers Rest by Bethany House Publishers to read and review. I loved this book!!! Very thought provoking, and a good reminder what you take for granted and enjoy everyday someone else is fighting for. A good reminder to enjoy the little things in life. Even the not so fun days. Ann Tatlock hit the nail on the head with this book. It's one you won't want to put down!! After reading this book I now can say I'm a huge Ann Tatlock fan!! Look forward to reading more books of hers!
Travelers Rest is beautifully and tenderly written with several heartbreaking stories but... there is hope in the end.
Jane is engaged to Seth, the man she has loved since childhood & a talented carpenter. His National Guard unit is then deployed to Iraq seven months later. He comes back broken in body and spirit, but she will not give up on him. Truman Rockaway, a veteran and retired doctor, helps out at the hospital. He is a great encouragement to Jane, and Jane is surprisingly able to help him settle a question of forgiveness in his past. Jon-Paul Pearcy is a lawyer who plays the piano at the hospital a few days a week. He is blind and tries to give hope to both Seth and Jane that adjustments can be made and life (though different) can go on. Oh, and I have to introduce you to Hoboken and Sausalito - they are the comic relief of this novel! These are nicknames for two cousins from Uganda who are working part-time at the hospital while they go to nursing school. You will really enjoy them!
This is my second book of Ann Tatlock that's I've read, but my favorite so far. The way she writes just draws you in and allows you to really see settings and feel the emotions of the characters. I definitely would recommend it and look forward to reading more from Mrs. Tatlock.
**Bethany House has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.