Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Even Now, by Karen Kingsbury~reviewed

Even Now
By Karen Kingsbury
Published by Zondervan
ISBN 0-310-24753-5

Shane Galanter is ready to put down roots, but is he making the right choice? Is there a woman somewhere who even now remembers—as he does—those long-ago days…and a love that hasn't faded with time?

Lauren Gibbs, a successful international war correspondent, gave up on happily-ever-after years ago when it was ripped away from her. Since then, she's never looked back. But why is life so empty?

Emily Anderson is a college freshman raised by her grandparents and about to take her first internship as a journalist. But before she can move ahead, she discovers a live story whose tragic ending came with her birth. As a result, she is drawn to look back and search out the mother she's never met.

A young woman seeking answers to her heart's deep questions. A man and woman separated by lies and long years…yet who have never forgotten each other.

Even Now is a story of love and loss, of faith and restoration. For readers who have come to love Kingsbury's distinctive style of deep characterizations and difficult what-if plots, you will not be disappointed. There is nothing predictable or formulaic about this novel. A master of the craft, Karen Kingsbury entwines her readers into the fabric of her characters' lives, until you are living the story with them. The outcome is important to you.

And Kingsbury delivers. I stayed up late two nights in a row to read this book, and when I turned the last page, I knew the characters would live on in my memory. That's Kingsbury's hallmark: memorable characters and extraordinary plots.

Reviewed by Ane Mulligan

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