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MISSING (The Sanders Family Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Suzanne D Williams
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Missing.

For Adele Davis, the loss of her husband during the war in Vietnam leaves her with unanswered questions and a decision—whether to love again.

For Amos and Elizabeth Sanders, it is the absence of their precious son which brings sorrow and pain. Yet a twist of fate gives them something far greater.

For Molly and Doug Sanders, war brings too many secrets, secrets which all but destroy their marriage. Can they find their love again?

Three generations of one family tied together across time through the powerful forces of love and war.
Missing.

For Adele Davis, the loss of her husband during the war in Vietnam leaves her with unanswered questions and a decision—whether to love again.

For Amos and Elizabeth Sanders, it is the absence of their precious son which brings sorrow and pain. Yet a twist of fate gives them something far greater.

For Molly and Doug Sanders, war brings too many secrets, secrets which all but destroy their marriage. Can they find their love again?

Three generations of one family tied together across time through the powerful forces of love and war.


Editorial Reviews

Review

"If you are a wartime fiction buff, "Missing" is definitely for you. Viet Nam, WW II, and the American Civil War all tied together with heartbreak, love, and family. I couldn't put it down." - Amy Barkman, Author, Everyday Spiritual Warfare, Which Witch?, Murder at Tapestry Court

"[Suzanne D. Williams is] a very sensitive writer, taking on a heartrending subject. It hurts to be a part of these stories, but yet the reader leaves with so much hope. No story of war can be happy, that's understood. But ... [she] creates a desert with a rose in it. The beauty of that rose surrounded by such grim surroundings makes the story a gem. Great writing, great storytelling." - Peter R. Leavell, Author, Gideon's Call

From the Author

MISSING was written in honor of all who have served in any war. It was also written on behalf of those who remained behind, those who loved and lost, and especially those who have no answers.

It is the story of second chances, of romance re-bloomed, of healing in the human heart. I pray it touches you in some small part.

We must never forget.

Suzanne D. Williams

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  • File Size: 770 KB
  • Print Length: 252 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008DFT1VS
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #597,691 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nothing is missing in Missing July 24, 2012
By Christa
Format:Paperback
Missing is a story of three wars and two families that were affected by the wars. This story tells the tales of the Sanders and Davis families during the Civil, WW2 and Viet Nam.

It starts out with heartache just after the Viet Nam war. Adele goes to the City to hear a solider speak on the War and meets Stephen there. Through finding love, salvation and the truth of her husband, Adele heals from the War. We, the reader, are reminded of Psalm 23, about goodness and mercy.

The reader is then sent back to the 1800's and to the Civil War to meet Old Man, Hungry, Elizabeth and a few more characters. We are shown examples of misery that wars bring, and how family loves each other regardless. Continuing on the Psalm 31 theme, this storyline shares the woes and troubles of walking through the valley of the shadow of death.

Our novel ends with the WW2 and the story of Molly, Red, and Doug. These three characters get caught up on in a long distance love triangle as Doug is in France, working as a paratrooper- while Molly and Red are back home. We are shown forgiveness, the true meaning of love and unfailing acceptance.

A theme that runs through all three stories in this book is prayer, and it's healing powers. In the Viet Nam story, we learn that prayer helps heal broken hearts and helps us find our way. In the Civil War, prayer helps hold a family together. In the WW2 story, prayer cleans the soul and strengthens relationships. It is not the act of prayer that accomplishes this, it is God that hears and acts on the prayers, as he seems fit.

I enjoyed this book- it felt like three mini books in one. The characters are ones that the reader can relate to and can see their struggles.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Puts You in their Shoes August 6, 2012
Format:Paperback
This book puts you in the shoes of the ones left behind wondering about their missing loved ones. It also give a clear picture of the sadness surrounding war. There are lots of stories showing the excitement and drama, but this paints a picture of some of the emotions and being torn when you just don't know whether to move on or not.

The three stories were different enough that you didn't feel one was a repeat of the other. The setting, situations and characters were quite different. If you don't mind a few tears, this was an "enjoyable" book. Each story draws you in from the very beginning. Worth the time for sure. Enjoy.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The emotional cost of war July 18, 2012
By chrisGA
Format:Paperback
MISSING is a set of three stories of three wars, and those who died, those who were never found, and those who returned to tell the story of those who didn't. It reminds us that some things don't change with time, like love between husband and wife and within family, the grace of God-- and the ugliness of war. Each story examines the difficulty of the survivors in dealing with the memory of what they have seen and done, the difficulty of their families in coping with their absence, and the difficulty of adjustment if and when the warriors return. As the title suggests, each story shows the special pain experienced by those whose loved one is still missing and their inability to move on with life, grieve and heal, until his fate is known for sure.

The author explained in her notes at the end of the book the research she did on the Civil War, the Vietnam War and WWII , and it appears that it was extensive. She wanted to make sure she made each setting as true as she could. It is, however, because of the writer's ability to place the reader into the hearts and minds of characters we care about that this book is both heart wrenching and emotionally satisfying. It is as if we are sharing their hurt as they struggle to make sense of consequences of war, their eventual healing, and the peace they finally find. It is just good storytelling. Highly recommend it.

I received a review copy from the author, but the thoughts expressed are mine alone.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought-provoking and very enjoyable read. July 4, 2012
Format:Paperback
This novel is a collection of three shorter stories, all linked by the themes of war, and faith.

I found all three of the stories to be thought-provoking and the author cleverly links the characters' dilemmas with reference to the bible, offering solace and solutions in their troubles. I personally am not a religious person, but the links between the storyline and the biblical references did not detract at all, and I found it added to the characterisation and feel of the novel.

The characters in each story are beautifully written and I felt an emotional attachment to them. Even though someone was "Missing" for each of them, they found something else along their journey, and this was a lovely feature.

The research that has been invested in the composition of these stories is evident, and helps to make the settings seem real.

An accomplished novel, and a great read. Would recommend.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Three Short Stories About War Times October 12, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This book contains three short stories about three different wars impacting one family. The first story is about the Vietnam War, the second about the Civil War and the third about World War II. The stories don't necessarily connect together except that they are about people from the same family line. I think the first story could have been a full length novel in itself. I enjoyed it and found myself wanting to read more about Adele and Stephen.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Well-Researched Compendium of War Stories
A compendium of wartime stories of soldiers that went missing in different American wars. The emotional and psychological trauma the women in their lives went through during the... Read more
Published 23 months ago by g'elle
4.0 out of 5 stars Loss and Hope
Suzanne D. Williams is a very sensitive writer, taking on a heartrending subject. It hurts to be a part of these stories, but yet the reader leaves with so much hope. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Peter Leavell
2.0 out of 5 stars Sorry to say, not my favorite
I think writing a novel must be a very hard thing. At the end of this novel, the author tells us how much work and research were involved. Read more
Published 23 months ago by John E. Heisel
5.0 out of 5 stars Short stories but packed with details!
"Missing" is a great story of a single family over multiple generations. Each of the 3 stories is written with such detail and emotion that you quickly become invested in the... Read more
Published on September 27, 2012 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Very well written excellent reading, I throughly enjoyed from beginning to end and will be seeking more from this author.
Published on September 24, 2012 by Elizabeth Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read!
I really enjoy the way Ms Williams writes. It was easy to connect with the characters. I liked the fact that she didn't start with the oldest war and move forward. Read more
Published on September 24, 2012 by Leslie, Diamondhead, MS
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice story, well researched
Missing is a novel of heartbreak and healing. I enjoyed the characters - they seemed real, personable, and filled with the kind of angst people would feel when loved ones are... Read more
Published on August 10, 2012 by Laura S. Wharton
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More About the Author

Best-selling author, Suzanne D. Williams, is a native Floridian, wife, mother, and photographer. She is the author of both nonfiction and fiction books. She writes a monthly column for Steves-Digicams.com on the subject of digital photography, as well as devotionals and instructional articles for various blogs. She is co-founder of THE EDGE.

She also does graphic design for self-publishing authors. To learn more about what she's doing visit http://suzanne-williams-photography.blogspot.com/ or link with her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/suzannedwilliamsauthor.

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