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Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2011
Series: Threads of Change
So when she receives the cryptic e-mail from her sons father, Julias world is turned upside down. She hasnt heard from Parker since he left her in a college parking lot nearly six years ago. But one look at her sonthe spitting image of his fatheris enough to convince her that, for better or worse, Parker is a part of their story. Faced with this new reality and an unexpected tragedy, Julia begins a tightrope walk between what was and what is, what she hopes for and what will be.
Beneath the Night Tree tells the story of Julia DeSmit, a single mom in her mid-twenties who has many choices to make but a crippling fear of making a bad decision. She's in turmoil over whether or not to follow Michael her Prince Charming-type boyfriend to Iowa City with her five-year-old, and leave her grandmother and half-brother behind at the farm. To further complicate things, her son's father reenters Julia's life with a sudden email. Julia must learn not to lean on herself, but to, as Proverbs 3:5-6 directs, lean on God.
Baart tells Julia's story in a convincing way, causing the reader to see every character from Julia to her ex as a real person. Baart writes with imagery and a poetic flare uncommon in modern novels. Though several character interactions walk the line between believable and unbelievable, the story is overall a strong one, its message is sound, and Baart's writing is solid. Beneath the Night Tree is an enjoyable story with an encouraging ending. Meredith Sell, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com