Review: This Life by Jennifer Rodewald

Well, wow! I love the Murphy Brothers series and This Life is an amazing, redemptive addition to it. This novel is my new favorite of the series, which is funny because I sure did not like Kate and Jacob when they appeared in the previous books. If you have not read the stories that come before this one, you could still pick up This Life and understand what is going on. The author does a great job of showing us what happened in the past and how that has impacted this couple’s married life.

This book is about two broken people who actually truly love each other. Yet, they started out their lives together in a way that broke bonds and hurt Jake’s family. Not only that, but they have been carrying the secret of Kate’s past for their entire marriage, as well. They both feel like outsiders looking in on the Murphy family and don’t really see how things can ever be better. Throw in a bunch of heartache and grief that they have had to deal with in their marriage, as well as the ever present doubt that both Jake and Kate carry about whether their spouse actually loves them, and there is good reason for this marriage to be struggling.

I loved seeing Jake and Kate start fresh. It was not easy to leave the life that was falling apart around them, but I liked that they both put their full effort into doing what needed to be done to live the Boondocking lifestyle. It became apparent that God had a hand in every little step along the way and I loved seeing Kate and Jacob realize that. This was an amazingly beautiful reconciliation novel that will stay with me for a long time.

(5 stars)

I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.


They’ve been stripped of everything but a refurbished bus and each other. And it might be the best thing that’s ever happened to them.

Jacob Murphy always felt like the invisible brother…until he fell in love with and married the woman who dated his younger brother. Then he became the despised brother. Driven to prove himself worthy of respect, he gambled everything on becoming the successful brother, but with his property speculation business falling apart, he’s ready to admit defeat. He’s lost nearly every worldly good he’s acquired, and after years of disappointments and heartache, it looks like his marriage is about to go the same way.

Kate Murphy lied her way out of life in a trailer park—a life she felt both trapped in and ashamed of. Only Jacob knows the truth about her background. But keeping up appearances has slowly strangled her life and relationships, and even her marriage has become strained at best. In desperation, she makes a plan to escape from it all—ironically, in a skoolie. But there’s still a tender place in her heart for the man she married, and in a moment of compassion, she offers to take Jacob with her.

Stripped of pride and pretension and struggling to adjust to their new 160 square-foot mobile lifestyle, Jacob and Kate are forced to confront the deception, hurt, and loneliness that have plagued them both. Will their strained circumstances be the death knell for their marriage, or will they allow humility to usher in the healing they need to rebuild?

This Life is a tender love story of second chances in marriage, of romance and redemption.

Purchase your own copy here.

Also available on Kindle Unlimited.

Always You
In Spite of Ourselves
Everything Behind Us
This Life


Jennifer Rodewald

Jennifer Rodewald is a Christian author of fiction who is passionate about the Word of God and the power 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, and she incorporates that pursuit as a Christian writer.

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.

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About Brittany

As a homeschooling mom and avid reader, I get great joy through reading and reviewing books. I focus my reading and my reviews on Christian fiction, primarily Christian romantic fiction. I also review sweet, clean fiction. I hope you will find my reviews helpful in your decisions on what books to read.
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