Sixteen-year-old Tristan vanishes into thin air, much to the shock of her family. Everyone assumes that she must have been kidnapped, because surely a "good girl" with a loving family wouldn't leave of her own accord...would she? As the search for their daughter progresses, Serena begins to realise that by overprotecting Tristan they've pushed her so far away from them that they don't even know who she is anymore. While her husband refuses to admit that their daughter would willingly want to leave home, Serena is forced to admit that blindly following her husband's rules and advice will not bring their daughter back, and that this may have forced her to leave in the first place. Serena has to take matters into her own hands as she searches for her teenage daughter, and trust that God can help to bridge the gap between them.While I was initially unsympathetic towards the character of Serena, I came to like her more as she grew and changed throughout the novel. Serena is not too proud to admit that she has made mistakes in her past and humbles herself so that she can bring her daughter home. She is surrounded by a host of wonderful secondary characters - Aunt Pete, her youngest daughter Max and an unlikely friend, Hazel. The one character that I couldnt stand was Serenas husband, Nick. I could not fathom why Serena had married such a man or stayed under his thumb for so long. I also found it difficult to believe that his actions were based upon his desire to please God. While God and Christianity didnt actually feature a huge amount in this book, the message seemed to be that God is always with us, even though the bad times, and that Gods grace is always there, no matter what we do. While I found it hard to emphasise with some of the characters, this was incredibly hard to put down. The search for Tristan should compel many, and although the ending isnt tied nicely in a big, red bow, seeing Serena mature and change is very satisfying.
September 3, 2010
I am a avid reader of christian books and spend more than my fair share sitting around as my body heals. I count you as one of the best authors I have stumbled across and am so disappointed that this is your only solo book. I hope we see more of you soon for adult fiction reading. TRISTAN'S GAP was very touching and show's love on so many levels.
February 18, 2010
This book was a wake-up call for me. Reminds us what happens when we want so badly for our kids to be "good" that we don't let them be "them." Awesome.
July 23, 2008
Unique and loving look at the 'perfect' family. I Enjoyed the entire book ... but especially the ending ... It gives us all something to think about
October 10, 2007