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- Publisher: A Blonde and a Prayer Books; 2 edition (March 2, 2015)
- Publication Date: March 2, 2015
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- Language: English
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Callie has nightmares about the one life that she failed in the worst way. Her work lead her to a mother being abused by her husband, but the abused wife won't press charges. When there was a custody hearing regarding welfare of the kids, Callie testified that the mother is fit and mother got custody. Six months later, the father in a drunken rage killed the baby, and Callie felt responsible. She tried to live on, but she cannot let go of the guilt, even though she tried by doting on her grandchildren. At her church Sunday school where she teaches, she noticed a girl Iris, unusually quiet and withdrawn. She felt compelled to investigate, even though she should not get involved... Iris has a huge secret... she and her sister Samantha Evans, were actually raising Sam's baby. Their mother died in a car crash year and a half ago. Their father left them ten years ago... Sam's working multiple jobs trying to make ends meet, and they cannot let any one know there is no adult, or CPS will break up their family. What they don't know is the father is actually looking for them. Steve Evans, the former addict, had found Christ five years ago, and dragged himself back into the light. He was sharing his experience across the country on a book tour, and had hired investigators trying to track down his family. He found the obituary of the wife, and he's desperately searching for the two daughters. When Callie decided to get involved with Iris' life, she will need all her strength and faith to reunite the broken family, and find peace with her own past.
You'll shed a few tears along the way for a family that had suffered and endured so much, and how a woman heeded God's calling to serve and protect that family with help of friends and family, despite every reason not to. The religious references are not too explicit or jarring, but you'll notice they're there. All in all, emotional book.
When mistakes from the past cripple your future—and the present—it’s time to rebuild your purpose.
Callie Stillman has a big heart. And she’d gladly lend a helping hand to anyone in need. But when that helping hand backfires, and a baby ends up dead, Callie blames herself. And shuts herself off from ever being in that position again. She has convinced herself like is complete with her husband, their daughter, and grandchildren.
But when a child obviously in need begins attending Callie’s Sunday School class, is it God’s way of telling her it’s time to reach out again? And can Callie open her heart to the risk?
Or will she let the child continue in her compromised family situation? Will she turn her concerns over to agencies who can help, knowing it would wreak more heartache for the little girl she has become so attached to in spite of herself? And more importantly, will her husband support her if she reaches out or will she wreak havoc on her blissful marriage?
Ms. Srock has created characters that are so real I felt I had made new friends. Characters who are living real life crises. The pull to do what is right pitted against the instinct of self-preservation is a tightrope, and Ms. Srock has balanced her characters precariously on the high wire. She unfolds the conflict deftly and skillfully, adding layers to already complex layers, and brings the story to its fitting end with page turning twists.
Callie, Tuesday Reviews-Day, Book Review, Sharon Srock, Women of Valley View, Terri, Pam, Samantha, Karla
The Women of Valley View Series Book One
Callie Stillman is a nurse. She feels guilty over an incident that happened six months before...and even though she's a strong Christian...Callie struggles with moving past the tragedy. And now, God is calling her to stick her neck out to help someone else. She is saying no. Benton, her husband, is saying no and yet, she feels God continues to prod her forward.
This is the first book in this series and I really enjoyed it. There are several point of views besides Callie's and her husbands. I've read a few of the later books and they are excellent as well. Christian women who have everyday struggles in their lives.