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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House; Original edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764205544
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764205545
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,311,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Parrish (Home Another Way) has a lot going on in this story: Benjamin Patil, an Indian-American deputy sheriff in a small South Dakota town who is troubled after a tour of duty in Afghanistan, finds an abandoned baby. He talks his wife, Abbi, a vegetarian war protester and potter, into foster parenting, although their marriage has been troubled since Ben returned from the Middle East, where his best friend was killed in action and he was injured. Then there's the subplot, involving Matthew, a deaf teenager on kidney dialysis living with his trailer-trash aunt and her four daughters because she offers more stability than his drunken mother, dad (a potential kidney donor) being out of the picture. Parrish makes a lot of the complications work, even with a few too many social issues (PTSD, bulimia, alcoholism, broken families, abandoned infants, political dissent, alternative lifestyles). Ben and Abbi are well-drawn and compelling characters, but the sprawling plotting makes the book superficial as it tries to do too much. Parrish is a fine writer and should keep it simple for greater impact. (Oct.)
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Parrish's deft characterization pulls readers into a storyline filled with raw emotion. At first it's unclear how the third character fits into the plot, but when it's revealed, the story comes together seamlessly for an unforgettable conclusion. --Romantic Times Book Reviews, October 2009

"...Christa Parrish writes a compelling story that is filled with real-life problems and raw emotions." --5MinutesforBooks.com

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An excellent book--very real with redeemable characters.
Wendy Komancheck
Even more, having never read a book by this author, I have a feeling this will be the beginning of many fantastic stories!
s'wonderful s'marvelous
In the end, this is a beautiful story that shows that God truly watches over us.
L. Germany

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Kendall VINE VOICE on March 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
When Deputy Benjamin Patil finds a baby girl only a few hours old abandoned in a field, he and his wife Abbi are chosen to be foster parents for her. But, their home is filled with stress and disagreement and may not be the ideal home for this baby. The source of the tension is Benjamin's trauma while serving in Afghanistan. Their lives intersect with a young man, Matthew who suffers from several medical issues and comes from a troubled family. As Abbi and Benjamin continue to take care of the baby, more and more pain is revealed and their marriage struggles to survive.

I have to say I have mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, Christa Parrish is a very gifted writer and storyteller. She is definitely an author I am interested in continuing to read. I found this book to be a bit too edgy for my liking. Now, I usually like edgy books, a lot, but this one just did not agree with me entirely. One reason for that is possibly because of the sexual presence in this story. Don't get me wrong, this book was not trashy or smutty at all, but I just felt it was a bit much for my liking. I also had trouble relating to Abbi and her more liberal tendencies, especially her anti war stance.

I really liked Matthew's part in this story. He was my favorite character and I felt he was a strong presence in this story. His persistent faith and determination were inspiring.

Overall, this book is well written, the story is interesting with very real characters. If you like edgy fiction, this is definitely the book for you.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Julie Hedlund on January 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book fell completely flat for me. The story strings together a whole series of implausible events bound by characters that are at best, skeletal and at worst, downright unlikeable.

So much went wrong here it's hard to know where to begin. Let's begin with implausible events. One of the main characters, Benjamin, serves in Afghanistan with his lifelong best friend, Stephen. Would the armed forces allow lifelong friends to serve together in the same unit? I doubt it. Ben returns scarred physically and shattered emotionally to his pacifist, vegan wife. Needless to say, there are problems. So it seems plausible that he would, in the line of his detective duty, find an abandoned newborn baby in the woods and bring it home to raise with the wife he hasn't really spoken to in months. Oh, and having a NEWBORN in the home would begin to make things better between the couple!! Sleep deprivation does work wonders for solving marital problems.

So much is left unexplained, and many threads of the story never lead anywhere. Abbi comes from an economically privileged but emotionally barren family. She's liberal and vegan but we don't know why she developed those views. Her obsession with her weight and the corresponding eating disorder might explain the vegan diet, but not her anti-war stance and her extreme environmentalism. Meanwhile, Ben comes from an immigrant family with parents whose marriage was arranged. The significance of that and how it shaped Ben's views about life, family or marriage is never explained. Nor do we truly understand why he wanted to serve in the military.

While the author leaves gaping holes in developing the characters, she smacks us upside the head with a brick with near constant references to Abbi's vegan-ness.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joel L. Watts VINE VOICE on December 12, 2009
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Deputy Benjamin Patil has recently returned from a military tour, minus a few toes, and survivors' guilt. Because of his troubles, his marriage has begun to crumble. His wife, Abbi, is at her wits end and no longer knows if she can continue with Ben. When the Deputy finds an abandoned baby, just a few hours old, in an open field he immediately bonds with her. He and his wife Abbi decide to take her in while the case is worked and the police try to find her mother.

There is another story entwined with this one; a story of a deaf teenage boy with serious kidney problems and is in need of a kidney transplant. When his mother gives him up he lives with his worthless Aunt and her 4 daughters. He becomes involved with the Patils and finds what he has been looking for.

The author of this book does an excellent job of drawing you in emotionally and you really start to feel for the characters. This is a touching story centered on faith in God and how He can take the worst circumstances and turn them into blessings. This book is different than most Christian fiction books that I have read, but in a good way. It's not overly sappy or unrealistic. The characters are average people with everyday problems.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Danielle Resnick on March 30, 2010
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"There are thoughts which are prayers. There are moments when, whatever the posture of the body, the soul is on its knees."-Victor Hugo

On a lark I entered a contest on a similar site to Storybuzz called [...]. And was pleasantly surprised to find myself the winner and recipient of two autographed books and a high quality box of chocolates. I was instantly drawn to the cover of one novel titled Watch Over Me by Christa Parrish. It depicted a sweet baby staring directly at the reader over the shoulder of a woman. Cheek to cheek with the baby, the woman's hair in a ponytail, lent an air of fragility to the woman's exposed back and shoulders.

The book opens when Deputy Benjamin Patil, local law enforcement and soldier who survived the Afghanistan war with the loss of his toes and his best friend finds an abandoned baby girl only hours old in a plastic grocery bag by the side of the river.

He and his wife Abbi, who are unable to have children, are chosen to be foster parents for her. But, their home is filled with stress and disagreement and may not be the ideal home for this baby. Between the tension of Benjamin's trauma while serving in Afghanistan and his pacifist, hippie, vegan wife's struggle with an eating disorder and her helplessness in the face of so much wrong between them.

Their lives intersect with Matthew, a deaf teenager, who suffers from several medical issues and comes from a troubled family. As Abbi and Benjamin continue to take care of the baby, more and more pain is revealed and their marriage struggles to survive.

"He heard Abbi come out of the bedroom, the swollen door opening with a sticky pop. Everything swelled in the heat. Problems. Fears. Sins.
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