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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?
Number of Pages: 368
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 8 X 5.25 (inches)|
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"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
PrayerwalkerLoyalton, CAAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Baby boomers will relate to these characters!December 14, 2017PrayerwalkerLoyalton, CAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I loved how well Snelling connected to me as a reader. I, too, had a son who served overseas in a war zone and had to cling to God's trustworthiness for those long nine months. I, too, have recently retired from public education. I, too, had retirement plans interrupted--not by caring for grandchildren but by caring for my aging mother. I, too, have known the handicapping cloud of depression. Her characters have real struggles but hold on to their faith and to each other to see them through the hard times. That's what I love about Snelling's books--they capture real life with all its challenges but ultimately point to the hope that is is in Jesus.
melzNYAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A Great Read!July 9, 2017melzNYAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The 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.
Note: I have received a copy of this book from Hatchette Books in exchange for an honest review.
Fitzysmom5 Stars Out Of 5Review from Rambles of a SAHMOctober 7, 2016FitzysmomQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5As 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.
Mark5 Stars Out Of 5loved itSeptember 15, 2016MarkQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5Lauraine 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.
Marilynn LindahlOrinda, CAAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5THE SECOND HALFAugust 22, 2016Marilynn LindahlOrinda, CAAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5AS 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.