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Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2011
Series: Threads of Change
On the cusp of womanhood, Julia feels jaded by her circumstances and longs for a new identity. College seems like the perfect place to start over. But when Julia makes a mistake that will change her life forever, she returns to her grandmother's farm, defeated and convinced of her own worthlessness. Only through the gentle prodding of her loving grandmother does Julia begin to accept the imprint her childhood has left on her life and look for hope in a loving God who longs to make all things new.
Teaching and living in Vancouver, British Columbia, cultivated a deep love in Nicole for both education and the culturally inexplicable use of the word eh. She became a Canadian citizen for the sole purpose of earning the right to use the quirky utterance.
Nicole wrote her first complete novel while taking a break from teaching to be a full-time mom. She is also the author of hundreds of poems, dozens of short stories, a handful of articles, and various unfinished novels. The mother of two young sons and the wife of a pastor, Nicole writes when she can: in bed, in the shower, as she is making supper, and occasionally sitting down at her computer. As the adoptive mother of an Ethiopian-born son, she is passionate about global issues and works to promote awareness of topics such as world hunger, poverty, AIDS, and the plight of widows and orphans.
Nicole and her family live in Iowa.
In this deep and moving story told from Julias perspective, the chapters seem almost like journal entries on key events in her life, but are told with such poetic description its hard not to feel every ounce of emotion Julia feels. The author does a marvelous job of drawing the audience in from page one as she describes, with clarity and vivid detail, the emotions a 15-year-old girl feels as she stands with her grandmother at her fathers graveside. Julia is so realistic its not only hard to believe she is a fictional character, but that this is only Nicole Baarts first novel. The only disappointing factor is that youll have to wait for the sequel in order to tie up some of the loose ends.
After the Leaves Fall is so emotionally gripping and true to life, readers will find it hard to put down and even harder to forget. The messagethat all the bad stuff that happens to us ultimately makes us stronger and causes us to be brought closer to a loving Godis something that certainly rings true. Whereas this book is most definitely not fluff, it is inspiring and, ultimately, a feel-good novel. I would recommend this to women in their teenage years and older, especially to those who are looking for a good cry or a novel that will make readers think. Shannon Potelicki, Christian Book Previews.com