1. Before I Saw You
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    Before I Saw You
    Amy Sorrells
    Tyndale House / 2018 / Trade Paperback
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    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 14 Reviews
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  1. Canada
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Amazing!
    December 5, 2018
    KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    Seriously, how can this be my first ever Amy Sorrells book?! It boggles the mind when I think about all the literary goodness I've been missing! I'm dumbfounded over this egregious literary lapse! (hanging my head in shame as I vow to do penance.)

    So, I was transfixed by Jaycee's story. Emotionally-gutted, heart-pummeled absorbed right to the very last word. And then I mooned around in a weepy stupor of mixed emotions as I tried to process it all.

    The author has an uncanny grip on the raw reality of life. Profoundly so. Hardship, pain and loss embraced by the fragile beauty of hope -- that's what makes this book impossible to put down. Jaycee's redemption story is powerfully moving and truly uplifting. From characters to setting to plot -- Sorrells delivers a memorable story that will linger in the recesses of your mind long after you reach that dreaded last page.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great story!
    November 20, 2018
    DeJama
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This was my first time reading a Christian novel so I did not know what exactly to expect. However, it turned out great. It now has me hooked on Christain novels, especially the romance ones. I love that inclusion of faith in the stories. So glad I came across this book.
  3. Pennsylvania
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Remarkable story with tough yet realistic situations
    September 1, 2018
    Cindi
    Pennsylvania
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    There is truly something special about the writing style of Amy Sorrells. She has an amazing way of pulling you into the story and doesn't let go, even after you finish the last page. Her ability to bring her characters to life is another reason I love her work.

    The topics that are covered in this book are difficult yet very real. The heroin epidemic is everywhere. It doesn't matter if you live in poverty or are among the wealthy, no one is immune to its pull and the devastation it leaves in its wake. This story takes you into the lives of some of the folks who not only take the drugs but those who are affected by their choices.

    There are other difficult situations dealt with but I don't want to give too much away. I'll just say that there is an unplanned pregnancy among other things.

    If you like to read fiction that touches on some difficult yet realistic subjects, you will want to pick up this novel. I will warn you though, it's going to bring emotions out of you that you aren't expecting. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
  4. Age: 25-34
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A 2018 FAVORITE!
    September 1, 2018
    Bookworm
    Age: 25-34
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Listen for the Lord," Sudie said. "Listen and you'll know what to do when the time comes." (excerpt)

    This story took me to Shady Acres, a small trailer park in southern Indiana. To be honest, this isn't a location I would've sought out to visit. Initially, it looks to be a deplorable place riddled with disparity and discarded heroin needles and users. But after meeting Jaycee, Sudie, Gabe, and the rest of Riverton's townsfolk, I yearn to visit there again. If a sequel isn't in the making, it certainly should be. These people, this town, they have so much more story to tell.

    Sigh. I love this story.

    As I sit back and reflect on Jaycee's story I realize I'm changed. My eyes, my heart, my mind...they're opened a little wider than they were yesterday.

    Amy Sorrells is a gifted storyteller. The spiritual thread throughout this novel is weaved intricately, softly, and expertly. You might think a story seeded in a small town ravaged by a heroin epidemic would produce gloom and ruin. But you'd be wrong. Before I Saw You yields mercy, faith, and a huge heaping of hope.

    I received a complimentary copy of this fabulous book.
  5. Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Deeply Emotional and Highly Inspirational!
    August 25, 2018
    Rebecca Maney
    Gastonia, North Carolina
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "It's the folks who thought the Lord shouldn't love them that he made a point to love on the most."

    "I just . . . I didn't know I could love - and at the same time be afraid of - someone so much who I've never even met."

    Jaycee Givens is afraid, in fact she has been afraid for years now, following the kind of heartache and tragedy that no child, turned young woman, should have to bear. As if life hasn't her handed her enough grief, she now bears the responsibility for another, someone tiny and unseen, someone who deserves better than she can give, someone who she will love forever no matter what.

    As Jaycee ponders life changing decisions, those around her provide amazing support and kind, generous wisdom; in fact granting her mercy instead of pity, giving her hope; that if like the woman at the well she pleads "I am thirsty", that the answer will be "All you have to do is reach".

    A deeply emotional read with wonderful characters and profuse amounts of inspiration.
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