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The Second Half, by Lauraine Snelling

Ken and Mona are looking forward to their retirement---until they receive a call from their son, a Special Forces officer. Announcing that he's been deployed overseas, he asks them to care for his kids. They find parenting a challenge, but it's even harder when Steig stops contacting them. Can they trust God to bring him home?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 368
Vendor: FaithWords
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8 X 5.25 (inches)
ISBN: 145558617X
ISBN-13: 9781455586172

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Publisher's Description

Bestselling author Lauraine Snelling shares a heartfelt story of a couple who put their plans for a peaceful retirement on hold to assume guardianship of their young grandchildren.

Mona and Ken Sorenson are approaching the best years of their lives. Mona's greatest concern is that Ken will learn of the surprise party she's planning for his retirement from his job as Dean of Students at Stone University. They've already been making plans to travel, spend limitless hours in the garden, and Ken is looking forward to working on his woodworking and fishing with his grandchildren. It's what they deserve after years of careful planning.

But things begin to unravel when Ken learns that office politics are about to destroy his department. Can he really just leave, abandoning the work he spent a lifetime achieving? Mona is eager to build her event planning business with Ken's help, but rather than supporting her, he expresses concern that the stress of the work will send her back into the depression she struggles with.
Then, just days before Ken's last official day of work, their son, a Special Forces officer in the Army, learns he's being immediately deployed on a six-month mission in Pakistan. Since his wife left him, the only people he trusts to care for his two young children are his parents. In an instant, everything Ken and Mona spent their lives planning changes, and they will need to find strength, both physical and mental, to become parents once more. This is not the second half they wanted, and when their son fails to contact them as planned, they struggle to trust that it is God's plan, not theirs, that matters most.

Author Bio

LAURAINE SNELLING has been writing since 1980, with over 65 books published, both fiction and non-fiction, historical and contemporary, for adults and young readers. She received a Career Achievement Award for inspirational fiction from RT Book Reviews and her books consistently appear on CBA bestseller lists. A hallmark of her style is writing about real issues within a compelling story. Lauraine and her husband, Wayne, have two grown sons and live in the Tehachapi Mountains with a Bassett named Sir Winston.

Editorial Reviews

A beautifully written book about how things can change in a blink of an eye and how to deal with the unexpected changes.... Snelling is a talented writer and draws from real life experiences for her novels.—RT Book Reviews
"A warm novel....The story is inspiring and hopeful. Snelling tells a wonderful tale of fresh starts, resilience, loss and love in this perfect summer read."—RT Book Reviews on Someday Home
"Snelling writes about the foibles of human nature with keen insight and sweet honesty."—National Church Library Association


"Snelling (One Perfect Day) continues to draw fans with her stellar storytelling skills. This time she offers a look at smalltown medical care in a tale that blends healing, love, and a town's recovery. . .Snelling's description of events at the small clinic during the storm is not to be missed."—Publisher's Weekly on Wake the Dawn

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  1. melz
    NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Great Read!
    July 9, 2017
    melz
    NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Second Half by Lauraine Snelling is about Ken and Mona Sorenson and their family. Ken Sorenson is about to retire from his job at Stone University and spend his free time fishing and traveling with his wife, Mona. Mona has her own business and works from home. She has suffered from depression for many years and is in constant fear it will come back and take over her life as it had before.

    Ken and Mona have faced many challenges together with the strength of their faith. Another struggle looms on the horizon with the military deportation of their son, Steig, who is the full-time caregiver of two children, Mellie and Jake. Ken and Mona are faced with raising their two grandchildren while their son serves his country. With the help of their daughter, Marit, the family faces the challenges ahead with strength and a strong faith.

    I truly love this story. These characters are so real and the struggles that deal with are written with such realism. I liked the fact that Ms. Snelling addressed the topic of depression in Mona. Monas fear that the depression could debilitate her is such a realistic portrayal on how depression effects individual lives; I thought Mona was a wonderful example of this particular struggle and how it can affect a family. Each of these characters will touch your heart as they navigate their own feelings and doubts. This story reflects how putting faith in the Lord can give you strength and that He is with us in all of our circumstances.

    Happy Reading!

    Note: I have received a copy of this book from Hatchette Books in exchange for an honest review.
  2. Fitzysmom
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Review from Rambles of a SAHM
    October 7, 2016
    Fitzysmom
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    As an empty-nester this novel resonated deeply with me. As much as we hate to admit it time moves along and with it our plans for the future. So much of our early married years seem to revolve around the kids, but as they begin to leave home our plans inevitably turn towards our future as a couple. That's where Mona and Kenneth Sorenson find themselves when we meet up with them.

    Kenneth is on the verge of retirement and in his mind it is the perfect time to begin traveling and seeing all those places they've dreamed about. Mona on the other hand is eager to expand her business and travel with her husband in between clients. Of course even the best laid plans change in the face of Providence. In this case it came in the form of a phone call from their son.

    Before they know it Mona and Ken find themselves in the midst of raising children again. My favorite thing about this novel is that it explored all the elements of the situation. Ken and Mona dearly loved their grandkids but they were also disappointed that their plans needed to be laid aside. The story showed the joys of being a grandparent but also the deep sorrows of young children feeling abandoned. It is a very moving storyline and in my opinion one of Lauraine Snelling's best.

    I of course think this book will appeal to empty-nesters but it will also resonate with anyone that has had to lay aside their hopes and dreams to do what is right. We've all had moments of disappointment but those of us with faith have also seen how God can use those times to grow and bless us.

    I would encourage anyone with a book club to consider this book as a selection. The subject matter is deep and complicated and will most definitely provoke good discussions. As a bonus there are questions in the back of the book that could get you started.

    I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
  3. Mark
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    loved it
    September 15, 2016
    Mark
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Lauraine Snelling has been writing books for a long time, but I think this is the first book of hers I have read. My youngest sister is a big fan of her books, but I am pretty sure this is a first for me.

    I thought this sounded like a good book to read, and I was not wrong. The story is entertaining, amusing, encouraging, and heart rending. To have a retired couple suddenly taking over raising two children who miss their dad makes for a great story, and Snelling did it justice. There is something about a story with kids in that pulls at my heart, and especially if there is any kind of hardship or trouble involved...... so this book had me from the get-go. I loved all of the characters, and their escapades and adventures.

    Snelling writes most, or all, about people from Norway, and this book was no different. It was interesting to catch a little of that culture while reading the book.

    The theme of trusting God is the main theme of this book, and it is driven home several times as Ken and Mona struggle with raising two small children while facing the reality their son may never come back.

    This was a very enjoyable read to me from the start to the great, but somewhat predictable finish (I was OK with that). And though this is fiction and not a "how-to" book, it would be a great read for grandparents who are raising their grandchildren short or long term.

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
  4. Marilynn Lindahl
    Orinda, CA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    THE SECOND HALF
    August 22, 2016
    Marilynn Lindahl
    Orinda, CA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    AS ALWAYS, LAURAINE'S CHARACTERS DRAW ME IN TO BE ONE OF THEM. HER UNDERSTANDING OF HER READERS' FEELINGS AND SITUATIONS LETS ME KNOW SOMEONE COMPREHENDS MY PLACE IN LIFE. HER STORY KEEPS ME TURNING PAGES EVEN WHEN IT IS PAST MY BEDTIME.
  5. kat
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Second Half
    August 16, 2016
    kat
    Quality: 0
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 0
    A good read, enjoy most of her books, only down side was there seemed a few too many things going on with a short ending
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