Sequels!! Squee! This series in includes the titles Waiting for Morning, A Moment of Weakness, and Halfway to Forever.
If you have been reading my reviews, you may remember my recent review of Waiting for Morning. You may also recall that this is not my normal reading fare, since I generally don’t like to cry my way through books. Because this was such a recent read, I didn’t re-read this portion of the trilogy, but here’s a recap:
Hannah, a devout Christian woman, eagerly awaits the return of her husband and two daughters home from their annual fishing trip. As Hannah waits, she reflects on her blessed life with the love-of-her-life doctor husband and her two wonderful daughters. Hannah continues to wait, and as time passes, the sense of dread begins to consume her. The light at the end of that tunnel is finding Matt, an attorney whose specialty is this particular kind of case, and a renewed relationship with her surviving daughter, Jenny.
Book two, A Moment of Weakness, tells the story of Jade and Tanner, childhood friends, convinced they would grow up and marry each other. Every thing is on track until 10-year-old Jade’s mother leaves, and she and her father move to escape the legacy left behind.
11 years later….. Tanner’s life is on track as his mother would have it. An internship in a small town- Tanner’s mom is certain he and Jade won’t meet, and if they do, there is no way they would remember each other. Would they?
~~Spoiler alert~~~ Because this is a trilogy, if you don’t want the answer to whether or not Jade and Tanner reconnect, stop reading here.
If you are still here, no doubt you’ve guessed the answer. Book three, Halfway to Forever, picks up both stories: Matt and Hannah; Jade and Tanner.
Matt and Tanner are partners in a law firm which specializes in defending religious freedom, and takes on high-profile cases where Christians are being persecuted, more or less. Both couples’ relationships are solid; both long for a child.
The obvious thread of all three books is, of, course, faithfulness. The faithfulness focused on isn’t the character’s faithfulness. Nope, this faithfulness is all about God’s faithfulness; His promises to us, during times of hardship and trial; His promise of faithfulness in times of plenty and of ease.
If you can get past the first book, this series is incredibly good. The first book wasn’t bad by any means, but the subject matter is tough stuff. All of the series characters are extremely well-developed, and I do think each book can stand alone. While an overview of the past is woven in, it doesn’t detract from the present story.
Because of the first book (which I gave 4.5 stars), this series gets a 4.5. I’d give it 4 3/4 if I could.
I would definitely recommend this series to friends. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
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