THE SECOND HALF
A beautifully written book about how things can change in a blink of an eye and how to deal with the unexpected changes. The characters are sweet and are forced to make some critical changes regarding their future plans. In the process they realize that they are capable of handling anything that is put in front of them. Snelling is a talented writer and draws from real life experiences for her novels.
Mona and Ken Sorenson are approaching the best years of their lives. Ken is retiring from his position as Dean of Students at Stone University, and they plan on doing a lot of traveling and visiting the places they always wanted to see. Their son, who is in the Army Special Forces, has been ordered overseas and he needs them to care for his children. Because his wife left him, there is no one else to do it. Neither Ken nor Mona hesitate, they will take in their grandchildren, but both wonder if they will be able to keep up with the kids at their age. When they don't hear from their son, they fear the worst, and must decide how they will proceed on the second half of their lives with young grandchildren at their feet. (FAITHWORDS, Jul., 368 pp., $14.99)