Tristan's Gap  -     By: Nancy Rue
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Tristan's Gap

Waterbrook Press / 2006 / Paperback

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For as long as Serena can remember, she's had two goals: to please her husband and to protect her daughters from the evils of the world. But just when she thinks she's achieved the perfect family, her 16-year-old daughter, Tristan, disappears---and shattering secrets come to light. Can she trust God's hand to guide her family, even now? 352 pages, softcover from Waterbrook.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Waterbrook Press
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.5 (inches)
ISBN: 1400070341
ISBN-13: 9781400070343

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"She thought they had the perfect family...
For eighteen years Serena Soltanis has poured herself into her family, making every effort to please her husband and to protect her daughters from the evils of the world. Respected and admired for her obvious parenting success, she leads a popular mothers' group at her church, passing along wisdom gained through years of experience.
"until she woke up in a mother's worst nightmare.
Then the unthinkable happens. Sixteen-year-old Tristan, the quiet "good girl" of the family, disappears-and the search brings to light unpleasant truths that prompt Serena to question nearly everything she believes about her children, her marriage, and her faith.
""Where did we go wrong?"
Brokenhearted by her daughter's behavior and her husband's angry response, Serena struggles to see God's hand of grace in their lives. Initially determined to rescue Tristan from whatever trouble she's in, Serena learns the painful lesson that true strength won't be found in regaining control of her daughter's choices but in finally learning when to let go.

Author Bio

Nancy Rue is the author of more than eighty books, including the best-selling Lily series for Young Women of Faith and two novels for adults. She has worked as a public school teacher, church youth director, theater workshop developer, and camp director. Nancy lives with her husband in Lebanon, Tennessee.

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  1. Scotland, UK
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 3, 2010
    Rachel Ropper
    Scotland, UK
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Sixteen-year-old Tristan vanishes into thin air, much to the shock of her family. Everyone assumes that she must have been kidnapped, because surely a "good girl" with a loving family wouldn't leave of her own accord...would she? As the search for their daughter progresses, Serena begins to realise that by overprotecting Tristan they've pushed her so far away from them that they don't even know who she is anymore. While her husband refuses to admit that their daughter would willingly want to leave home, Serena is forced to admit that blindly following her husband's rules and advice will not bring their daughter back, and that this may have forced her to leave in the first place. Serena has to take matters into her own hands as she searches for her teenage daughter, and trust that God can help to bridge the gap between them.While I was initially unsympathetic towards the character of Serena, I came to like her more as she grew and changed throughout the novel. Serena is not too proud to admit that she has made mistakes in her past and humbles herself so that she can bring her daughter home. She is surrounded by a host of wonderful secondary characters - Aunt Pete, her youngest daughter Max and an unlikely friend, Hazel. The one character that I couldnt stand was Serenas husband, Nick. I could not fathom why Serena had married such a man or stayed under his thumb for so long. I also found it difficult to believe that his actions were based upon his desire to please God. While God and Christianity didnt actually feature a huge amount in this book, the message seemed to be that God is always with us, even though the bad times, and that Gods grace is always there, no matter what we do. While I found it hard to emphasise with some of the characters, this was incredibly hard to put down. The search for Tristan should compel many, and although the ending isnt tied nicely in a big, red bow, seeing Serena mature and change is very satisfying.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    February 18, 2010
    I am a avid reader of christian books and spend more than my fair share sitting around as my body heals. I count you as one of the best authors I have stumbled across and am so disappointed that this is your only solo book. I hope we see more of you soon for adult fiction reading. TRISTAN'S GAP was very touching and show's love on so many levels.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    July 23, 2008
    Debra Ward
    This book was a wake-up call for me. Reminds us what happens when we want so badly for our kids to be "good" that we don't let them be "them." Awesome.
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    October 10, 2007
    Amy Imel
    Unique and loving look at the 'perfect' family. I Enjoyed the entire book ... but especially the ending ... It gives us all something to think about
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 30, 2007
    teresa wood
    I've never read a book in one sitting, but this was my first! I'm so excited to have found this author, can't wait to read more!
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