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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2011
I loved this book! Contingency kept me anxious for more as it unfolds the oh-so-many lives affected by adultery. Brilliantly real, I felt the pain of each of the characters as they fight to save their family, their marriage, and their relationship with God. I would recommend this book to ANYONE who has had turmoil in their lives, or even if you haven't, you will feel hopeful and peaceful in the knowledge that God has control and will walk with you through anything.
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32 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Contingency: A Novel is book one in the Covenant of Trust series.

Bobbi Molinsky, a grade school teacher, leads a wonderful and comfortable life. She has a husband she adores, two wonderful sons, a beautiful home, wonderful friends and family. Bobbi is living the dream, until the day she receives an email that had somehow bounced from her husbands email account. Opening that email brings her world shattering down around her. Her husband of eighteen years has cheated on her.

Chuck Molinsky is an up and coming junior lawyer who believes he needs all the pomp and show that goes with being a successful lawyer and that includes a certain image, he buys himself a BMW, he wears designer clothing and he is sexually attracted to his new under associate. Chuck walks right into Tracey Ravenna's black widow trap and he succumbs to her machinations and becomes obsessed with having her. She has become a drug to him and he believes he can have his cake and eat it to. Until the day he receives the call from Bobbi, and he realizes the choices he has made thus far, have been all wrong and he has strayed from the path he once wanted for himself and his family.

Tracey Ravenna is the gorgeous thirty year old redhead who practices law, and is quite impressive and most career orientated. Seeking the same in a man, especially one as prestigious as Chuck, she works her primal sexual nature to weave a web that he is sure to be caught up in.

Phil Shannon is the minister who keeps Chuck and Bobbi on the correct path to redemption and salvation. Through the grace of God, the two search themselves and each other to come to the right choice for everyone involved. Bobbi has severe trust issues and it doesn't look like Chuck is going to get a second chance. Will Phil find the right words to make their marriage work or will divorce be the only outcome??

I liked Bobbi, even in her weakest moments, she never gave in and held on to her beliefs. To accept someone who has dishonoured your trust in them, takes a lot of soul searching and reflections. Trust is the easiest thing to break and the hardest to build upon. I am glad that Bobbi was strong enough for herself even when it seemed everyone around her felt she should give Chuck a break. I liked the intrigue concerning Tracey and wondering what her game is/was. I also enjoyed how the bible and God were used in the healing process, and we are reminded that God has a plan for each of us and sometimes we don't always understand the goals or the reasons, we have to accept, through faith in God, that it will all work out in the end.

I didn't like that the book needed to use expletives, even though they were very few in number, I felt they didn't even need a place in the book and truly disappointed and surprized me when I read them. There weren't expected and took a shine off the story for me.

I thought the author did a very good job of Bobbi's growth and I would've liked to have seen more of Chuck's growth, it was touched upon several times but for the most part the reader is left guessing how Chuck is coming along. All in all though, the book was a very enjoyable read, with enough to keep you turning the pages. Paula Wiseman is a very good character writer, and her back stories are placed in the book at just the right intervals. I am quite looking forward to the next book in the series, it was an easy and enjoyable read, with strong characters and good plot flow.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2012
If you pick up Contingency thinking that you are geting a book about a husband cheating on his wife and how they work through their problems then you are WAY off base! This book is so much more than that! That might be the main theme going through the book but it is certainly not the only one going on. As Paula says, she writes about "real life" and this is as real as it gets. Very seldom do you find a family that is affected by infidelity that is only dealing with the one issue of infidelity. As Paula so brilliantly shows throughout the pages of this book, she explores not only how this sin affects a marriage, but how it affects the children, the "other woman", co-workers, extended family and friends and fellow churchgoers. She beautifully portrays the wisdom of God's word, not just by quoting it in her book, but by having her characters study it and live it out. She also shows their struggle-which to me is "real life". And, just like your life and mine, everything doesn't turn out perfect-but Paula masterfully shows us how a relationship with our Saviour will guide us through no matter what we are facing. My favorite part of the book: getting to the end and realizing there was an excerpt to the NEXT book!! I can't wait to read more and more from author Paula Wiseman! If you enjoy reading fiction that accurately depicts today's issues and the way most "real life down to earth" people deal with them-then grab these books as soon as possible! May God continue to bless your work Paula!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 9, 2011
Contingency (Covenant of Trust) is the first book in the Contingency series. It is also the first novel by Christian author Paula Wiseman and let me just say, she is off to an awesome start! I normally don't read Christian fiction (romance), but this book has made me a fan.

The first chapter starts off with the heroine finding an e-mail to her husband from another woman. By the way, the OW is a POW! The book goes back and forth between past and present so that you get a glimpse of their lives before the betrayal. The hero was a selfish jerk during the majority of their 18 year marriage, but turns his life completely around. It is a very emotional book (my favorite kind) and the scripture throughout the book is very uplifting. One of my favorite aspects of the novel is that we get the heroes feelings and emotions along with the heroines, which isn't normally what happens. Along with the believable HEA the book reaffirmed for me that anything can be accomplished through God.

Books 2 and 3 will be out in approximately spring and fall of 2011 and will be a continuation of the life of Chuck and Bobbi(H/h)and their family. There is a summary of Book 2 at the end of Contingency that starts 7 years later with another emotional trial for Bobbi because of her husband's betrayal. OMGosh I cannot wait!!!!! Paula Wiseman is now an autobuy for me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 28, 2012
I Loved this book so much. I have never read a book that was so true and honest. I could actually envision myself feeling and reacting the same way as the characters did. I feel this book really shows what it is to truely, unconditionally love your spouse, the way God intended. Thank you so much for this amazing book and series. This book is a must read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 6, 2012
Having been in a similar situation, this book was heart wrenching at times, but also very encouraging. The author really portrays the real emotions that these characters would feel. I am sad that the book ended, but looking forward to book #2.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on November 9, 2011
'Contingency' is a fantastic novel! The pages just flew by and before I knew it I had reached the end. The story is about Chuck's infidelity, how his wife, Bobbi, found out about it and how they are trying to mend their family.

I thought the book dealt with the issue of adultery very well. It showed the anguish that the person who was cheated on went through and all the other issues that this one sin caused. It showed how it wasn't just Bobbi and Chuck that were affected by the infidelity, but their children, extended family, coworkers and their church family too.

I thought that Rita, Bobbi's sister, was a person that voiced what I think almost everyone in that situation would be feeling, and I think that by her voicing her opinion of Chuck, it forced Bobbi to defend him, even though she didn't feel like it. It helped her to remember all the good things about him, but that isn't enough to mend a relationship.

Bobbi lays out a list of things that she wants Chuck to do, some of them she is sure he won't do, one of them being to go to counseling by himself and then that they go together when their pastor, who is also the counselor, says it's time for that.

Chuck began to do almost everthing on her list, but Bobbi still wasn't sure that she could trust Chuck again. The rift was large and trust once given so easily is hard to get back - if it is ever possible to trust someone again after a hurt like that.

'Contingecy' was a very moving story and is a book that I plan to read again. I can't wait to start the next book, which from the preview at the end of this book sounds just as good, if not better, than this book. I highly recommend 'Contingency'! I especially think that this book should be required reading for anyone thinking about divorce.

***I received a complimentary copy of this book through LibraryThing. I was asked to give my honest opinion of the book - which I have done.***
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I stumbled across this book on facebook, it looked interesting, and I was on spring break, so I decided to read it. I was blown away when I learned that this was Paula Wiseman's first novel!!! I was so amazed at the way the author applies scripture so practically to everyday life. This book was better than many devotion or Bible study books I've read. After I finished it, I studied the scriptures she used and went back through the book to further study some of the very fresh perspectives and insights she shared on the scriptures used.
The story, itself, and the characters are very well developed. The characters are so real that you find yourself thinking of them as friends. They are flawed, they struggle, they have real doubts and fears and emotions, but the author is able to bring them through a seemingly unsurmountable crisis in a way that is believable and inspiring. The characters never seem preachy or too good to be real. The counsel that the couple receives is wise and well-grounded.
When I finished, I could not wait for the next book, Indemnity, to come out on Kindle so that I could read more about my friends, the Molinskys. I was also looking forward to reading more of her very practical application of scripture.

This series is the best Christian fiction I have ever read!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on June 25, 2012
From the moment I read the words "Who's Tracey?" As she stared at an email to her husband from this women. I was IN!!!
It's a great topic and unfortunately happens to many families. The unfolding and the way they deal with the heart breaking affair is admirable and raw. I could never see how someone could come out the other end of infidelity but it was beautiful and I hate to say better for it. But not without consequences. which pop up in book two and three. I loved them all!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2013
Chuck and Bobbi have been married for 18 years. He was somewhat of a playboy before he converted to Christianity. This was before he met Bobbi, whom, we assume was a virgin when they married. Spoilers: Eighteen years later and Chuck has basically turned into a jerk. He devalues Bobbi's opinions, mocks her career ("anyone can teach, it's not magic), and is angry and hostile with her and their two sons. Enter Tracy, a young, beautiful new attorney in his firm. She sets out to seduce him and he willingly complies. Chuck compares Bobbi with Tracy ("She was trim and fit, not at all like a woman who'd has two kids. Silhouetted by the refrigerator light, she fulfilled every dream he'd had.") ("And she knew how to push all of his buttons. If Bobbi knew he had any buttons, she didn't care whether she pushed them or not. Tracy...it was like water in the desert.") Ok, Chuck, Tracy knew how to push your buttons because she was sexually experienced. If you had buttons you needed pushing, you should have shown Bobbi where they were. Chuck becomes addicted to this woman and only stops the affair because he got caught, he admitted to his pastor that he would not have been able to stop the affair otherwise. "Tracy came along she she fit his vision, but she didn't love him. Bobbi loved him. He needed both women." I do believe in the power of God to change people. I had trouble, however, with Chuck's 180 reversal. I don't think Bobbi would have taken him back if she knew that Tracy represented the best sex of his life. Through pastoral counseling and psychiatric help for Bobbi, eventually they reconcile. I would have like to know more about their intimacy after that. The sex scenes with Tracy, while not graphic,showed what Chuck was thinking and feeling. I would have liked to know how he felt when he went back to Bobbi after having mind blowing sex with Tracy. With that considered, it was a good book. I recommend it.
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