Tatlock has a gift for writing quietly meaningful novels that stay with the reader long after the last page is turned. On the surface, this story seems fairly ordinary, but if one cares to look deeper, themes of redemption and forgiveness resonate through every paragraph.
Jane Morrow is engaged to Seth Ballantine, but their plans are tenuous now that Seth has been wounded in Iraq and has returned home to recuperate at the VA hospital. Jane wants to continue their relationship right where they left off, but Seth is struggling with accepting his injuries and what they will mean long term. He wants to end the relationship, but she wants to stay and make it work. Through the people they meet, and some amazing circumstances, both Jane and Seth learn about love and acceptance — God’s way. (BETHANY HOUSE, May, 368 pp., $14.99)