THINGS WE ONCE HELD DEAR

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Twenty-seven years ago, Neil Sadler left his small Ohio town disillusioned by tragedy. Now his wife's sudden death awakens a yearning to return to his roots. He hopes a summer in Mason will heal old wounds, and not even the jarring changes in Neil's family, friends and once-familiar places can destroy his warm welcome.

An old flame, Mary Beeken, has also returned to Mason, but she's married to a burned-out cop. Neil resists the stirrings of old romantic feelings -- along with his sense of betrayal from the unresolved tragedy. Where is God in all of this? Can Neil even believe in him any more?

With a deft and gentle hand, Tatlock unwinds the tangle of a grieving heart to expose simple faith. This is a treasure for people who enjoy a literary yet unpretentious read. (Jan., 400 pp., $13.99)
Reviewed by: 
Jill Elizabeth Nelson