"Need you now", by Beth Wiseman is a fiction story about a family and how far they will be pushed in their life, until they see the blessings of God. The setting takes place in a small little town, where a family has recently moved there to start a new life. Moving from a big city to a little city was what Darlene and Brad hoped would be a beautiful beginning for their family. Instead, they find their lives taking twists and turns never imagined. Going from super high, to super low, in life, this book will let your emotions be exposed as you experience these trials with this family.
While at times, it seemed a little slow, it also was that kind of book that just captured your attention to find out what would really happen next. It's an easy read and it's even easier to fall in love with the characters. From sweet Ansley and her chickens, to Layla and her 'rough around the edges' personality, you'll be giggling and crying.
In the end, the one thing I walked away from with this book was this: Sometimes God pushes us to our breaking point, only to let us realize that we're not breaking at all..but simply bending into the person He intends for us to be.
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Beth Wiseman, known for her Amish genre fiction, is applying her storytelling skills to contemporary fiction with admirable results. The best-selling author writes fearlessly with the stresses and struggles that are an inevitable part of a marriage and raising children. She doesn't shy away from letting the characters in this book face some problems and challenges. I think many readers will be able to relate to this book, and be comforted by the fact that they are not the only ones who struggle.
Wiseman doesn't sugarcoat things, but deals honestly with at the challenges of marriage and raising a family, and the issues that arise in even "good" families and loving marriages. The authentic characters she creates must deal with both joy and pain, but the book as a whole is hopeful. I predict this project will greatly expand Wiseman's already large and enthusiastic fan base.
I am so glad that I got to review the first part of this ebook but am so thankful I have the full book sitting on my desk to finish. I don't think I would have been able to wait to finish it until the release date! This book is full of real life circumstances to a "normal" marriage. It's full of real temptations, of raw pain, and hiding that pain to the point that its no longer felt. It's full of good choices and bad choices. Most importantly, it's a story of a woman who seeks appreciation, isn't aware of what is being hidden from her by her children, and needs God now.
Darlene has decided that now that the children are older and don't need her as much, now would be the perfect time to get a part-time job. However, that part-time job turns into a full time job which she loves. It's not that she doesn't need the money, which she explains very delicately to Brad. It's that she wants to make a difference in somebody's life. So she takes on a job at a special needs facility where she becomes a one-on-one aide for Cora. Cora's dad has lost his wife a few years ago and is normally a man who is not very friendly. However, as he sees Cora relax around Darlene and even laugh, he can't help wanting to know that women a bit more deeply than he should.
In the meantime, the reason Darlene and Brad moved to the country is to protect their older son from the friends he was hanging out with and the choices he was making. Her daughter Grace is trying to hide her pain that no one knows that she feels so deeply, and Ansley is just a special girl with no problem in particular that anyone can explain fully. They just know that something is a bit "off."
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Reading NEED YOU NOW was like reading/hearing local news stories; it was so current and up to date but with solutions as well. The family is a modern day family with modern day problems including adjustments from city life with teenagers to dealing with them in a calm-country setting. The problems they discover with their 'perfect' daughter will break your heart as you realize this could happen to any family.
I was captivated by the story and the many many surprises as well as sad happenings. While I didn't like what some of the characters 'did' I also had to realize this story is trying to depict what could happen in real life; and sometimes adults as well as teenagers make bad choices and must be responsible for their actions.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book, but at the end of it, I thought it should have gone on a few more pages to 'finish' some of the things that were left undone in the character's lives. Without giving anything away, I will mention Dave and his daughter Cara with the extraordinary art talent; teenage son Chad and Skylar, as well as Grace... I didn't think the 'fruit tree' handled it all!
I received this book free from BookSneeze for my honest review. I would definitely recommend the book for others to read because I believe it would be very helpful with spotting deceptions, avoiding temptations, being a true friend to those around us.
"Need You Now" is the first book by Beth Wiseman that I've read. I hear it's something new for her, too, as she usually writes Amish stories. "Need You Now" is the contemporary story of an average American family who moves from the big city to a small town, hoping for a fresh start for one of their teenagers who's been experimenting with dangerous things.
Small town living brings a whole new set of challenges, though. Need You Now is the story of how this family learns to resist temptation, make right choices, and lean on God faithfully throughout every day. It's a story of Christian living. It's a story of relationship with God. It's a story of marriage, parenting, friendship, faithfulness, forgiveness, and trust. It's a story of finding your way when there seems to be no way through prayer and devotion to God.
In a way, the main character in this book is the family. Each member had a challenge to overcome and something unique to offer the group. There were no stereotypes here, and Darlene and Grace's new best friends enhanced the story greatly in their supporting roles. I truly enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more from Beth Wiseman in this new niche.
Thomas Nelson Publishers sent a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.