Wow! This book grabbed me and didn’t let go! Pam is the third book in The Women of Valley View series, but it can be read and enjoyed without having read the first two books. I have read the second book of this series, Terri, and personally enjoyed getting to see what was going on in her life in this book as she interacted with Pam.
I found this book to be an amazing, emotional ride. I loved these characters, from Pam, who was dealing with feelings from past hurts that were so painful she has trouble letting go, to Alan, who desperately wants to make things right while he still has the chance to do so. I found it amazing that the author was able to make me care about every single person in this book. I was able to read about the things that Alan did in the past and be very angry with him, but care about him in the present portion of the book. I found Harrison and Kate, who are the new spouses of the divorced couple, to be wonderful and caring people. And the children, Jeremy, Megan, and Patrick were very realistically portrayed in the way they reacted to the situations in the book.
I am hoping that there will be a future story involving Patrick and Samantha. I really enjoyed this side story and long to know if Patrick will ever come to know the Lord. There are just, honestly, not enough good things I can say about this book. And, yes, I even cried toward the end of the story and I don’t cry easily in books! I think it has been a year since I cried while reading! I highly recommend this book. (5 stars)
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, through The Book Club Network, in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Pam’s divorce broke her heart. The cruelty of her ex-husband broke her spirit. A bottle of sleeping pills almost took her life. Four years later the scars of Alan Archer’s emotional abuse are beginning to fade under the love of her new husband. When Alan returns to Garfield, Pam must learn that buried secrets and carefully cultivated indifference do not equal forgiveness. Alan Archer has returned to Garfield with a new wife and a terminal heart condition. His mission? To leave a Christian legacy for his children and to gain Pam’s forgiveness for the sins of his past. Two hearts hang in the balance waiting for the delicate touch of God’s healing hands.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I’m a mother of two beautiful daughters and three stepsons. I think the last count on grandchildren and greats was 22. Thanksgiving and Christmas with this group can be a challenge, but is always a joy.
I’ve been married to my husband, Larry for almost 17 years. He has supported me in this endeavor and I love him a lot. We live in the-middle-of-no-where Oklahoma with two grown Labrador retrievers, Sara and Ziva. They think I’m their mommy.
I have a full time job at the local Air Force Base, been there for 25 years. I sell Avon, been doing that for 20 years. I write when I’m not doing either one of those things.
I love to read. Sometimes I think I must have been born with a book in my hand. I can never remember my mother being much of a reader till later in her life, but I know she encouraged that love of books in me. I’m grateful to her for that.
Writers are expected to love books, but I have a couple of other things that aren’t so standard.
I like to pan for gold, I enjoy NASCAR (go Jeff Gordon!), and I’m a serious Trekker. Most of my previous writing experience was Trek stuff. Poems and short stories published in various fanzines. Well, there IS that unpublished Star Trek novel buried in my closet, but we won’t go there.
I have worshiped at the same Pentecostal church for 40 years. The people there are my forever family and I couldn’t ask for better.