Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Library Journal Reviews The Prodigal Father
I know this blog is supposed to be dedicated to my Orchard Hill stories, but...
I have a book coming out in December from Five Star Expressions and yesterday I found out that it was reviewed in Library Journal:
Russell, Kara Lynn. The Prodigal Father. Five Star: Gale Cengage. Dec. 2009. c.278p. ISBN 978-1-59414-823-1. $25.95. CF
Set in Wisconsin, this modern story revolves around the Lunds, a family in crisis. Three years ago, Scott left his wife, Beth, but has now returned to win her back. Beth wants to believe that they can make the marriage work, but she can't quite get over his leaving and learn to trust him again. Complicating matters, Beth tells Scott that they have a daughter with Down syndrome. Scott wants to embrace them both if Beth will just give him another chance. VERDICT This well-written, tender tale of forgiveness and reconciliation features realistically drawn characters struggling with the same problems that many contemporary couples face. Sure to attract fans of domestic fiction that explores marriage issues.
In case you are curious, here's the blurb for The Prodigal Father:
Beth is faced with the decision of a lifetime when her estranged husband Scott suddenly returns and asks her to give their marriage a second chance. She thinks he will change his mind once she tells him they have a daughter, and that their daughter has Down syndrome. Instead, Scott convinces her to come to the resort he owns in northern Wisconsin and along with their daughter, Risa, take a chance on becoming a real family. He does his best to adapt to his new role as father, learn about his daughter’s disability and show Beth that they all belong together. Beth realizes she still loves Scott and wants to stay with him. She is torn between her desire to create a family, the fear of failure and guilt over past mistakes.
I promise to post an excerpt in the near future. And to get out details about my "Spend a Year in Orchard Hill" promotion! Please stop by again soon.