After Chad gets into the wrong crowd in high school in Houston, Brad and Darlene Henderson make the decision to move the family to Round Top, TX, to her grandparents' old homestead. Life starts out with a bang on the first day with a visitor from the snake world, sending Darlene into frenzy.
Brad and Darlene's marriage seems to have the normal ups and downs, but their deep love and faith have always kept them going. All three children seem to be adjusting to the move on the outside, but brewing on the inside of Grace is another world-a world of cutting to cope with her feelings.
Darlene tries to make friends with Layla Jeger, her next-door rancher, but it's a touch and go relationship on Layla's end. Seeking outside friendships, Darlene takes on her first job away from home at the Evans House, a special needs' school. As time progresses with her working outside the home, tensions in the home abound. About two months later they find out about Grace's cutting.
Beth Wiseman, in Need You Now, brings out the stormy issues of childhood emotional problems and their families and how they each cope with the individual issues. The multiple points of view are great, as you see the same incident through the different character angles, which makes the story well-rounded and more real. Her story hits close to home, as Beth draws you into the emotions and circumstances of the characters. They could be your own family or the neighbor next door.
The development and descriptions of Grace's cutting are well-developed and very informative. This issue is prevalent in the teenage world, and Beth's book helps and encourages parents to be on the lookout and to be willing to get good outside help.
The strain between Brad and Darlene's relationship is palpable throughout the blame-game scenario and subsequent silence between the two. This leaves Darlene vulnerable to another male's perspective and understanding, which escalates into a sticky romantic relationship.
Beth interweaves the importance of praying and God's intervention in response to those prayers in both the Henderson family and Layla's life, even though it wasn't necessarily a happily-ever-after as we define it. I commend the author in how she dealt with the circumstances in difficult, real-world outcomes.
This novel was a fulfilling read, yet was filled with difficult scenarios that deeply touched my heart. When an author can get you to grieve over fictional characters, she's done an in-depth job of portraying real emotions in her characters!
Special thanks to Rick Roberson, The B&B Media Group, for sending me a review copy through FIRST Wild Card Tours. No monetary compensation was provided in exchange for my honest review.
started reading this page turning book as Part One...and true to two part books it left you on a cliff hanger. Had to know the rest of the story...and a good story it was.
This book has it all, the great love of a family for each other..."Who do you love?". Also so not so typical teenage difficult problems, when Grace their middle child starts coping in a dangerous way.
This book also deals with marriage problems, even where there shouldn't be any. Also enjoyed how dealing with "special" children is highlighted on, and accepted. We are show the great accomplishments of these children and the people who care for them. Also be prepared for heartbreak!
You won't be able to stop at Part One, this book is a compelling page turner!
I received this book from the Publisher Thomas Nelson, and was not required to give a positive review!
Beth Wiseman made my "favorite authors" list with her Amish stories -- the Daughters of the Promise and Land of Canaan series. But now she has shown that her talents are not limited to the Amish genre. Need You Now is an awesome contemporary story written with the same quality of characters and story line that we, her fans, have come to expect.
Darlene and Brad Henderson have moved with their three teen-aged children from the challenges of big-city life in Houston to the small town of Round Top, Texas. As they settle into Darlene's grandparents' house, it appears that everyone is adjusting well. Darlene, though, doesn't feel that she is needed as much at home and takes a job at a school for special needs children. Unexpected problems crop up that threaten Darlene's and Brad's marriage, and maybe even the lives of their children. Will the faith that has sustained the family through past problems be enough this time? They need God now, more than ever.
Beth's story provides poignant reminders of how easily danger can slip into a family. Seemingly innocent encounters leading to dangerous feelings. Children caught up in destructive behaviors. But truth, openness, love, and faith provide the means for fighting against those dangers and finding the way back to family.
Need You Now is a great read for fans of Beth Wiseman and fans of Christian romance. I hope to read many more contemporary novels -- and Amish novels -- from Beth Wiseman in the future.
I was provided a free copy of this book through B & B Media Group for my honest review.
It seems like at some point in our lives, we'll blame God for something that hasn't gone right in our lives. Perhaps it's the death of a child we didn't seem coming, or trouble with finances or an affair within our marriage. Yet often times God will place someone in our path when we struggle with the answers why to help us deal with this situation in ways they can verbalize and help us understand when God's ways can seem to overwhelming to comprehend.
In Need You Now by Beth Wiseman, The Henderson family is about to face the biggest challenge of their lives and their faith in God will be tested in ways like they never could imagine. Just when their lives seem to be settling down after moving from Houston to a rural small town of Round Top, Texas, the begin to see the facade that each of them have painted for one another.
With their youngest daughter Grace, just fifteen-years-old, she struggles with being labeled as the perfect child neither of their parents needs to worry about. Yet besides dealing with a boyfriend she left behind when they moved and trying to find new friends at her school, Grace has to find new ways of dealing with her out-of-control emotions. She turns to cutting, to release the emotions that are building up inside and a way to maintain control. Only thing is no one knows except a Goth girl at school named Skylar. Will she be able to stop in time before her family finds out?
Darlene Henderson has been the picture perfect role model of wife and mom, and now that her kids don't need her for anything else but a hot meal, she finds solace in getting a job helping special needs children. When Dave Schroeder, the father of the autistic girl she's been working with, begins to develop a much stronger interest in her that he could have imagined since his wife died, he begins to find new ways to come and see Darlene. Will she be willing to walk away from her own marriage to her husband Brad, even if he is seeing someone from work?
I received Need You Now compliments of B & B Media Group for my honest review and think that Beth Wiseman has done an incredible job at identifying the signs of both affairs and teenage cutting in this remarkable fictional book. Even though the characters are fiction based, this could very well be the story of any family we know. I applaud her for informing her readers through this powerful story and show how often pray is our last resort to our problems when it should be our first line of defense. I highly recommend this book and rate it a 5 out of 5 stars!
High five to Beth Wiseman for writing a page-turning winner! What a treat! I really enjoyed this book. Like life, the plot has many surprises; we never know what to expect. With a new move, a husband working long hours, a family of three teens, and a new job, Darlene, the protagonist is hard put to keep her plates spinning. No wonder she begins to crack. Each believable character adds dimension to this interesting tale.
A Reading Group Guide is included.
Thank you to Audra Jennings at B&B Media Group and Thomas Nelson Publishing for my copy.