Travelers Rest by Ann Tatlock

Travelers Rest

Rating: ****– 4 Stars

GENRE: Contemporary Christian Fiction

BOOK SUMMARY: Jane Morrow has a dilemma. She’s engaged to Seth Ballantine, a member of the National Guard’s 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, and he’s returned from Iraq severely wounded. Jane hasn’t seen him for nearly a year, and with trepidation, she heads to the VA hospital in Asheville, North Carolina, where he is being treated.
Seth isn’t happy to see her. He’d asked her not to come. He wants to end the relationship. But Jane loves him, and despite his injury, she’s determined to convince him that they can have a life together. Her faith has never been strong, yet she hopes God will answer her prayers and tell her what to do.

REVIEWER COMMENTS: Let me begin with saying that if you are looking for a happy, easy going kind of story, then you might not like this book. This is the story of Jane, a young woman who is faced with the harsh reality of having her fiancé back from Iraq severely injured, as well as bitter, emotionally withdrawn from her, and with hopeless feelings. While there is a happy ending, it takes several chapters of some serious issues to get there. From disability, suicide, alcoholism, emotional, and physical trauma, to war, racism, and death, this is a book that will make you cry, will bring you to think, but will also lend you hope. I found myself completely engrossed in Tatlock’s writing style, which has so much depth and is wonderfully descriptive,  and absolutely taken by the main character, Jane, who is strong and yet vulnerable, who has specks of faith but cannot see the big picture until almost the very end.  As this new life challenge comes her way, Jane’s past struggles also resurface and take hold of her: and yet, through her inner strength, and the remarkable influence of a few extraordinary people she encounters, she learns about hope, forgiveness, and ultimately, God’s perfect and unyielding love.  At the end of this journey, Jane is a better person for it.  And at the end of the book, so was I.

SEXUAL CONTENT: A few chaste kisses

ADULT LANGUAGE: Some references to adult themes listed above

*Conclusion: You do not want to miss this treasure: this is a story that will be with you long after you have finished it! **I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishing. This has not influenced my review in any way.

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