In the second installment of the Restoration series, authentic characters and challenges, beautiful and uplifting prose and solid marital advice flourish. The parallel connection of the relationships is a poignant reminder of the dangers of generational “curses,” especially when communication and encouragement are lacking. The story is so captivating that you’ll find it very difficult to put down.
Tom Anderson is struggling to keep his unemployment a secret from his wife, Jean, and his father, for fear of disappointing them. Tom longs for his father’s approval, as he has his whole life. Tom’s marriage is slowly heading downhill, in the same fashion that his parents’ marriage did. His parents have experienced a restoration in their relationship, and they now worry about Tom and Jean. Can a well-meaning aunt and uncle help Tom and his father break the family curse and salvage Tom’s marriage? (REVELL, Sep., 304 pp., $14.99)