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The Decision (The Prairie State Friends Book 1) Kindle Edition
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|Length: 323 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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Elaine Schrock lives with her grandparents, Lloyd and Edna Schrock. Her parents died in a buggy accident when she was little and her paternal grandparents took her in and raised her. Grandfather Schrock dies suddenly of a heart attack with his last words asking Elaine to take care of her grandmother. Shortly after his death Edna starts acting strangely. Edna is getting forgetful as well as having dizzy spells. Elaine takes her to the doctor and finds out that Edna has Type II Diabetes. Edna will have to modify her diet and take medication to control the diabetes. Elaine knows this will be difficult since her grandmother loves sweets. One day Edna passes out at a local diner and is taken to the hospital. The doctor runs tests and discovers that Edna has dementia. How will this diagnosis affect Elaine’s life?
Jonah and Elaine have been courting for the last year, but when her grandmother becomes ill Elaine feels that she must handle her responsibilities on her own. Elaine tells Jonah that she does not love him and pushes him away. Jonah feels hurt. This rejection is especially hard after what happened with Meredith. Jonah starts spending time with Sara.
Sara Stutzman is a widow with a two year old son, Mark. She was married to Hurley who was a friend of Jonah’s. Sara is tired all the time and has a tingling sensation in her arms and legs. Sara gets diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Sara has to decide to whether to stay in Arthur or go back to her home town (where her parents live). How will Jonah handle the news of Sara’s illness?
To find out what happens with Elaine, Jonah, and Sara, please read The Decision. It is such a marvelous book. I did not want it to end. I have to warn you that it gets sad towards the end. You will need to have your hankie close by! I give The Decision 5 out of 5 stars. I cannot wait for the next book in The Prairie State Friends series.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Another thing, though I enjoyed this book enough to pick up the rest of the series—I didn’t connect with the characters. Well, one character—the main character. To be frank, Elaine kind of got on my nerves. I felt like she was so quick to close her heart because she was too stubborn to let anyone help her. Not because of the excuses she kept throwing out there. She wasn’t truly thinking of her grandma. Elaine was just stubborn and needed to have her way.
She was selfish and not someone who I truly think that I would like to spend time with. I was slightly frustrated that she broke up with a good guy but then had to act jealous when he found love with someone else. He had waited for her and she rudely let him know that she didn’t just want to break up but she lied and said she didn’t even love him. I understand needing time to come to grip with illness and loss but to completely shut a person out without thoughts to their feelings is selfish. Sorry, it just is. I couldn’t bring myself to truly like her or feel sorry for her.
I truly did like Jonah and Sara and wish that the book had focused solely on them since I had such difficulty connecting with Elaine in any profound way.
The book is okay. It’s definitely readable and I will read the rest of the series. I’m truly hoping that the rest of the series has characters that are more friendly and personable than Elaine.
The spiritual applications and wisdom imparted is the redeeming key feature of this story.
Make Each Day count, Lainie, no matter what. Things happen for a reason, and although we may not understand it, in time, you’ll find the answers you seek
Wanda Brunstetter, The Decision
A complimentary copy of this book was provided by Barbour Publishing, Netgalley. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. All opinions are my own.
Keenly feeling the loss of her Grandfather, she is soon faced with life changing obstacles when her Grandmother becomes diagnosed with serious illness. While her faith is strong, she stays committed to her promise but the decisions she makes have far reaching effects. Effects that she never dreamed of having to face.
I spent a delightful and relaxing afternoon reading The Decision. I was impressed by the deep characters and the complexity of the story line that kept me interested and engaged in the story through out the book. What I found most impressive though, was how Ms. Brunstetter creatively acknowledged and weaved the issues that caregivers often face when caring for a loved one with chronic illness. All in all, I found The Decision to be an interesting and enjoyable book!
Many thanks to Kim @ Nancy Berlin Public Relations for the opportunity to review this book. My review is an honest reflection of my impressions, thoughts and feelings regarding this book.
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