2 - 6 November
(New Hope Publishers September 2015)
About the Book:
Abandoned by her husband, an organ procurement coordinator fighting to keep her job and her sanity encounters an old flame facing an unthinkable tragedy.
For Tammy Kuhn, being an organ procurement coordinator is more than a job. It’s a ministry. But when her husband of sixteen years leaves her for another woman, struggles with childcare, her absentee ex-husband, and an altercation with a doctor threaten her job. Embittered and overwhelmed, she fights to maintain her sanity when a late night encounter with an old flame stirs emotions long since buried but the ICU is no place for romance.
About the Author
Jennifer Slattery writes missional romance novels for New Hope Publishers. Her debut, "Beyond I Do", releases in August. She also writes Christian Living articles for Crosswalk.com and devotions for her personal blog, JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud; Internet Cafe Devotions; and Takin' it to the Streets', a ministry serving Omaha Metro's working poor and homeless.
When she's not writing, she enjoys reading, hanging out at the mall with her teenage daughter, enjoying her real-life hero husband, or serving in her church or community.
This was a new author to me and I enjoyed the read. The story concerns Tammy who is heavily involved in organ procurement. At times this conflicts with her responsibility as a single parent and she struggles to maintain adequate care for the kids while she is on call and still satisfy her boss. The ex-husband Brody is less than useless and manages to rarely turn up when he should.
The other main character is Nick, who Tammy knew and loved at high school. He is also divorced and his wife for much of the novel comes across as manipulative and without any redeeming qualities. That was one of my problems with the book - the Non-Christians all seemed to be portrayed as so unlikeable. In the real world I have met any number of people who may not be Christian but are loving, generous adults, so I struggled a bit with the stereotype. I also found it a bit hard to believe that the teenage daughter’s favourite book that inspired her a lot was Hinds Feet in High Places. Just a little thing perhaps, but it troubled me as it didn’t seem in keeping what what was revealed of Becky’s character.
This is an overtly Christian book, and there are a lot of bible verses, church meetings and talking to God passages scattered liberally throughout. I felt it was a bit overdone, but again that might be my own viewpoint. Others might like it. I admit I don’t read a lot of Christian fiction.
This book could appeal to those who want a light read from a Christian viewpoint. It does raise some issues about organ donation and so the fact that Tammy was involved in such a job interested me. I was happy to spend the time reading it, even though I though the characters lacked complexity and sufficient motivation for some behaviour at times.
I received a complimentary copy of this novel to read and review as part of a blog tour. I have to say I didn’t like the cover and would never have picked it up with that cover. But maybe that’s me. A lot of people will no doubt enjoy this book.