I loved this book. It is messy, but life is messy. It is about an Afghanishtan war vet, an opinionated woman, a deaf boy and a girl who thinks she has no choices. It is about the people around them who know that something is wrong, but have no idea how to help. it is about choices, their consequences and faith.
One reviewer wrote that she could not relate to the charaters, but I love reading about people who are different than I, who come to Christ in different ways, who remind me that not everyone thinks or learns as I do. I have waited too long after reading the book to remember precisely all that I loved about it, but I will certainly be rereading it, and plan to keep looking for new titles by Christa Parrish.
The book was well-written, and the author's gift as a writer is evident.
I have very mixed feelings about the book. The storyline was engrossing. The pain Ben and Abbi feel is palpable, and the strain on their marriage is both believeable and heart-wrenching. The way the author connects the various characters in the story is well done.
However, this was a very difficult book to read. As a work of Christian fiction, I didn't expect it to be as edgy as it was. Like another reviewer stated, I had a difficult time relating to Abbi, as her liberal views and hippy lifestyle are the complete opposite of mine. I couldn't relate to her, and as such didn't really sympathize with her.
Quite frankly, I found the book to be extremely depressing. It's one of those books that haunts you, and not in a good way. After I finished it, I kept trying to push it out of my mind. Despite being a well-written book, I did not like it and would not recommend it to others.
This book got ahold of my heart right from the start. It makes you look at your marriage and see if you can improve on your part. Wow. Highly recommend it. Loved it! I love Christa Parrish. Please write more books!