Monday, February 22, 2010

Book Review: Beneath a Southern Sky

If you're in the mood for an extremely wild ride on an emotional roller coaster, Beneath a Southern Sky will be a good book for you.

In the first chapter, you'll meet Daria and learn that she is widowed and remarried, but has just been notified that her first husband never died. Then you'll jump back a few years in time to meet this husband and discover, step by step, how Daria found herself in this impossible predicament.

Unfortunately, as impossible as that predicament is, Daria's life and the lives of those around her are full of complications that make the situation even more emotionally devastating. I'm warning you now, this book is intense.

Yet it ends as perfectly as it can. It's a story of redemption and sacrifice and true Christian love, of repentance and of learning to listen to God and to obey His voice. Life is confusing and messy, but God can lead us through—even when we make well-intentioned, but avoidable mistakes. He can even use those mistakes to bring healing to other lives, using bad for good, redeeming everything.

Author Deborah Raney has a gift for creating pleasant settings and realistic characters. She kept me guessing about the outcome of the book right up to the end—and I hope I haven't given it away. The story was a little over the top in intensity at times, but otherwise I really enjoyed this read.

Thank you Waterbrook Multnomah for sending this book for my review!

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