Thursday, February 01, 2007

Sharlene MacLaren's Through Every Storm ~ Reviewed

Through Every Storm
By Sharlene MacLaren
Published by Whitaker House
ISBN: 0-88368-746-1

Struggling through the tragic loss of a child, Jeff and Maddie Bowman experience the immense pain and grief caused by a broken heart and a marriage severely strained and headed toward divorce. Feeling completely hopeless, Maddie questions whether life will ever be normal again.

Then faced with having to care for a precocious little boy, Maddie slowly realizes how to let God be in control even when life is crashing down around her. The love that she finds will give her hope and strength to make it through every storm.

MacLaren's debut book is a page-turner. A compelling plot, her characters are deep, both fragile and strong—especially the little boy, Timmy. MacLaren portrays the genius child with a depth of insight I found completely believable. He was still a child with childish ways, in spite of his brilliant mind.

Without giving away the end, both Maddie and Jeff find their way back to God in a manner I found natural and in harmony with the story. I applaud MacLaren for not overwriting this. This heartrending tale unfolds at just the right pace and carries the reader through to a very satisfying end. Novel Reviews gives Through Every Storm a high recommendation.

Reviewed by Ane Mulligan

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