ABIDE WITH ME

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This is a gracious story about three sisters overcoming life's obstacles. That sisters Madge and Andrea are in their 50s adds interest and depth. Parr has excellent character development but abrupt point-of-view switches distract the reader. Alternating viewpoints by chapter would have been clearer. Still, realistic issues with concrete solutions will keep readers engaged.

After losing four family members to cancer, sisters Andrea, Madge and Jenny are concerned. When Andrea is diagnosed with bladder cancer, they band together to provide support and prayers. But the other sisters have their own private battles.

Madge's husband has a huge surprise that threatens life as they know it. Jenny works long hours to support her husband's dream of becoming a writer, at the expense of her own aspirations. They must learn how to trust God, which is easier for some than for others. (STEEPLE HILL, Sep., 400 pp., $13.95)
Reviewed by: 
Melissa Parcel