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A distressing diagnosis
A retreating husband
A prodigal brother
Former marriage and family therapist, Debbie Verhoeven, is not your typical stay-at-home mom:
- She sacrificed a counseling career to be a full-time mother
- She’d rather pound a nail than round steak
- Oprah? No way! Give her ESPN any day
- Nothing could be more stressful than scrapbooking
Nothing, except … a distressing diagnosis, a husband who is pulling away, and two older brothers who refuse to get along.
When the counselor is caught in the middle, when she needs to be strong for those around her, who is left to be strong for her?
Sometimes life doesn’t go the way we want it to. At all. Often it seems when trouble comes, it comes in a flood. Debbie meets difficulties at every turn, and somehow she has to be the one to stay strong, whether she feels strong enough to manage it or not.
While I can’t relate to everything Debbie faced (thankfully!), in many ways I felt like I was reading about a copy of myself. I think perhaps many moms would feel the same. When life falls apart, it’s up to us to be strong, to help hold everything together. Oh, for someone else to carry the load for a while!
I wanted to like Debbie’s older brother, Ricky, and yet I felt her frustration with him. And while I wanted to have more sympathy for her husband, Jerry, at the same time I wanted to knock some sense into him!
Pieces of Granite is the prequel to the Coming Home series. (Chain of Mercy is book one in the series, and has already been released.) If you have already read Chain of Mercy, you can easily go back and read this one — just remember that this is happening before the other events. If you haven’t read Chain of Mercy, I would go ahead and start with this one. But either way, you’ll want to read both. They are well-written books which dig into some gritty issues without being “preachy.” You’ll walk away reminded that God is indeed good, all the time — even when life is hard.
(I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)