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I loved this story because it shows forgiveness and true repentance. " Echoes From The Past" tells how even if we disobey God, and then ask Him to forgive us and then live for Him, He uses our hurts and mistakes for Our Good.
Pastor Reyes is ready to resign as pastor but wait there has to a vote taken between the deacons and the congregation. My heart was really tied in knots while reading to see what the outcome of the vote would be! I dare you to read "Echoes From the Past" (The Almond Tree Series Book 2) by June Foster and see if you agreed with what was decided!
"Echoes From the Past" has characters in the church that are just like "real characters" in our churches. If you read " For All Eternity" you will like getting to read more about JD and Joella Crawford.
This book is a clean love story and also has a little mystery! What more could you want in a book!
The mystery revolves around a social worker's past, and yes it kept me turning the pages. I had to know where the phone calls were coming from.
I have enjoyed all of June Foster's books but I think "Echoes From The Past" is my number 1 favorite! Why, you ask, because it shows we all can make mistakes and still be used by and for God. It shows that God used less than perfect people and yes that includes pastors.
""Echoes From the Past" (The Almond Tree Series Book 2)by June Foster is definitely a five *****s novel.
ECHOES FROM THE PAST
David, "Dave", Reyes is the pastor of New Life Community Church, single and 29 years old. One afternoon a social worker from the Department of Children and Families, Betty Ann, knocks on his door. Dave's year of living away from God was seven years ago. Now he learns his girlfriend from then has died and left the request her daughter Alice, be raised by her biological father. That man is Dave. As Alice and Dave struggle to accept the new life they have he has much to think about. Would he be able to remain as his church's pastor? Is the attraction he feels for Betty Ann a temptation he can ignore, especially since it seems she has mental health issues or is being haunted by her dead husband's ghost? Is Alice struggling to bond with him because of the housekeeper he hired? Will Betty Ann's old connection with his best friend's JD & Joella Nielson prevent his and Betty Ann's relationship? Is his relationship with Betty Ann doomed because like Beth she has little interest in God? Foster keeps Christian values as a priority mixed with God's forgiveness. One by one problems are resolved. Foster writes with her usual strong sense of Christian values and acknowledges none of us are perfect.
What are the odds? Pastor Dave Reyes had years previously advised his best friend NOT to marry a woman from his family's church, the Exalted Brethren by the name of Betty Ann. Now a pretty and petite blonde stood at his door, announcing her name as Betty Ann. Not that common a name.
However, it was what--or who--she brought with her that really blew him away. A little six-year-old girl that Betty Ann says is his daughter. One look at Alice convinced him even beyond the evidence of a birth certificate, a will, and DNA. The sweet little girl's mother, Beth, had been Dave's lover years before, and he had no idea she was pregnant when he heeded God's call to the ministry. He had asked Beth to marry him and join him in ministry, but she had refused. Now Beth is dead, and the little girl becomes a part of Dave's life.
God forgives, but sometimes the results of sins linger. Pastor Dave's congregation will never understand. He prepares to resign, an action that will tear his heart out.
Meanwhile, Betty Ann has found a woman who will come in to take care of the little one when Dave has to be gone. Alive loves and clings to Betty Ann and to the new woman--who Alice calls grandma.
Dave is in a bunch quandary. He wouldn't mind keeping Betty Ann in his life, but she's not a believer. He'd done that once and didn't want to go down that path away from God again. He won't desert his young daughter, but in keeping her, he must leave his congregation. And then there's the mystery of Alice's instant connection to the housekeeper she calls Grandma while he is still kept at arm's length.