If you have read the Murphy Brothers series, then you will know that Morning by Morning is Connor Murphy’s second book. He had previously found his happily ever after in Everything Behind Us, book three of the series and a gripping story that was based on the truth that the heroine of the story was battling cancer. So, to find out that years later, Connor was broken over the loss of his wife and that this would be that story, I wasn’t sure I could handle it. Yet, I also knew it was going to be a deeply moving and God honoring tale that, even through the difficult parts, would be uplifting.
The author captured Connor and Reid’s grief and the life they were living day by day perfectly. She also captured the feeling of failure and helplessness that Jade Beck was weighed down with after her divorce. Jade’s kids were also a great example of the way different people handle anger and hurt.
Another detail that was captured was Connor’s wonderful role of father to Reid. And even the way he stepped in and worked to be a good role model to Jade’s kids. He doubted himself often, yet was always diligent in trying to be there for those who needed him.
I loved the work that God did on both Connor’s and Jade’s hearts as they began to fall in love. However, it wasn’t just a simple fall, there were kids to consider and worries and uncertainty that both Connor and Jade carried regarding the future. Could they risk their hearts again?
I loved this story and wished there had been an epilogue to show us a peek at their future as a family together. I was thrilled to see that there will be one more book in the series titled A Murphy Gathering, so I don’t have to leave these characters quite yet!
I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
ABOUT THE BOOK
“You were built for hard things.”
Two years after losing the love of his life to cancer, Connor Murphy is slowly emerging from the darkness of grief, but he wrestles with fears about how he and his twelve-year-old son Reid will manage to navigate Reid’s teenage years on their own. Connor’s single-minded prayer has become, please, no more changes, but when single mom Jade Beck arrives to take on the job Sadie Murphy had done before her death, it becomes clear God has stamped his prayer request denied.
Jade Beck’s prayers were answered when she received the offer of a job as Lakeshore Lodge’s marketing and customer relations manager. Or so she thought. After a messy divorce, she and her two children need a safe place to land and find the peace their lives have lacked, but once she meets her abrupt, brooding supervisor, Mr. Connor Murphy, her fresh start suddenly looks a bit…stale. She’s already endured fifteen years living with a condescending man, and she won’t be a doormat anymore.
As the challenges of single parenting continually push them together, Jade and Connor’s relationship gradually transforms from cold and awkward to respectful and mutually supportive…and eventually to something deeper and more tender. But navigating these changes forces them to deal with the hurts and disappointments of their pasts and confront the fears that hold them captive.
Surrendering their hopes and fears to God has never felt so daunting. Can they learn to see the goodness of God, even in their broken paths, and trust that morning by morning, God’s tender mercies are ever new?
Morning by Morning, book 8 in the Murphy Brothers Stories, is a complex, emotional story of hope after heartache, of deeply moving, tender romance after devastating loss, and God’s faithful love, even in life’s hardest place.
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Murphy Brothers Stories:
In Spite of Ourselves
Everything Behind Us
Who You Are
Morning by Morning
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.