Oh my goodness! What an emotional journey of discovery this novel took me on! I generally do not cry when I read books. I can think of maybe three stories that have made me tear up…ever. Well, now there are four because I teared up in several scenes of Finding Evergreen.
Although this is book three in a series, I had no trouble reading Finding Evergreen as a standalone novel. The author filled in the backstory in a natural way that helped me to understand the relationships between the various main and side characters.
It was hard to watch these two broken people yearn for love and understanding from each other, something that should be a given in a marriage. Yet, Ethan and Brandi carried some very complicated baggage into their relationship and didn’t seem to understand how to work things out. Just as I would think that one of them “got it” and maybe things could work out, there would be a set back, a misunderstanding, or sheer stubbornness between the two.
Finding Evergreen was incredibly heart-wrenching and I couldn’t turn away. The author pulled at my heartstrings with all that Brandi, Ethan, and their foster daughter were going through. She also made me examine my own beliefs and attitutes about God. This story was a tumultuous journey from beginning to end, that ultimately left me stronger and full of hope. I will definitely be reading more of this author’s work in the future.
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
He thought he’d found the thrill of his life; she, the romance she’d hadn’t dared to hope for. Falling in love had been easy. Being married? Totally different story.
Married within a year of meeting, Ethan and Brandi add a foster daughter to their newly established family. Their story is enchanting—inspiring. Except when the fairytale fails. The stresses of unmet expectations and wounds from their pasts knife into their marriage, severing what they believed would be forever.
Hope for a broken marriage. Healing for their wounded spirits. It would take both to find evergreen. Are they brave enough to try?
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jennifer Rodewald is passionate about the Word of God and the powerful vehicle of story. Four kids and her own personal superman make her home in southwestern Nebraska delightfully chaotic.
Born in Colorado, she experienced both the seclusion of rugged mountain living and the busy streets of a Denver suburb during her growing up years. Somewhere in the middle of college, she married a Husker and found her way back to the quiet lifestyle of a rural area, which suits just fine.
Blessed with a robust curiosity, Jen loves to research. Whether she’s investigating the history of a given area, the biography of a Christian icon, or how nature declares the glory of God, her daily goal is to learn something new. Aiming to live with boundless enthusiasm, her creed is vision, pursuit, and excellence.
Jen lives and writes in a lovely speck of a town where she watches with amazement while her children grow up way too fast, gardens, and marvels at God’s mighty hand in everyday life.